Set against the background of numerous changes in higher education in Taiwan and increasing numbers of non-traditional entrants to English majors, this paper examines a discipline practices approach to academic writing for a literature class. It discusses the enhancement of academic writing skills in a drama class by using instructional rubrics referred to as META (Mechanics, Use of Evidence, Thesis/Claim, and Use of Analysis). Participants (N = 42) wrote and reviewed in-class writing tasks using the rubrics. Their written work was also rated by the researcher. The goal was to evaluate the usefulness of META as a tool for participants to improve their academic writing for a literature class. The performance of students was also correlated with their level of exposure to META.