Ms. Schulman made University Writing a more pleasant experience than I expected. She did not remove readings or essays from the workload, but gave us great latitude in discussing the readings and choosing topics for the research paper. She's a tough grader; A's are hard to come by, but she always explains the reasoning behind her grades and is always willing to sit down and discuss your papers. My only complaint, and a mild one at that: sometimes she comments so much on your papers that you don't even know where to start fixing them. But from what I've heard, that's not out of the ordinary for UW teachers. If you end up in her class, stay with her because she does her best to make a typically unpleasant class more pleasant.