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Writing Courses Fall 2017 - Winter 2018

Our WRIT courses are small classes mostly run as workshops. All WRIT courses at the 1000 and 2000 level are capped at 25 students; LIBR 2100 at 30 students. 3000 and 4000-level courses have no more than 20 students. These small classes let your professors give you individual attention and plenty of feedback on your writing.

Writ 1120 students (1)

WRIT 1120: Writing Theory and Practice / half unit

Half (0.5) unit -- Fall or Winter term

In this course, you will approach writing from a rhetorical perspective: that is, writing is not just a matter of following a series of rules or applying a set of templates. Instead, writing involves making choices that are appropriate to the situation. Assignments will include, but also extend beyond, traditional academic writing.  You will get practice in drafting and substantial revision as well as editing and polishing. Issues of academic integrity and accurate citation will be addressed in the process of developing research-informed papers.

This course is the foundation of the Writing Minor; it is recommended that you take 1120 before you attempt any other WRIT or WRIT/ENGL courses.

In WRIT 1120, you will be challenged and assisted to develop new strengths, whether or not you consider yourself to be a “good writer “already. This course is not “remedial;” it is university-level. There is a firm exit standard: all students must demonstrate the same minimum competence in university-level writing in order to pass the course. To help you and your professor understand the challenges ahead, you will be asked to write in the very first class, for an entry benchmark. That is the purpose of the Calendar note which reads “A writing exercise will be assigned in the first class. Students whose performance is judged inadequate will be strongly recommended to withdraw from the course.” 


01F   Monday & Wednesday  9:00-10:15   Clare Goulet

02F   Monday & Wednesday 10:30-11:45   David Wilson

03F   Monday & Wednesday 1:30-2:45      Dr. Anna Smol

04F   Tuesday & Thursday 10:30-11:45      Dr. Sandra Orser

05F   Tuesday & Thursday 1:30-2:45          Dr. Nathaniel Street

06F   Tuesday & Thursday  4:30-5:45         Dr. Sandra Orser


07W   Monday & Wednesday  10:30-11:45   Dr. Sandra Orser

08W   Monday & Wednesday  1:30-2:45       Lesley Newhook

09W   Tuesday & Thursday  9:00-10:15        Lesley Newhook

10W   Tuesday & Thursday   3:00-4:15         Clare Goulet


This course is the foundation of the Writing Minor; it is recommended that you take 1120 before you attempt any other WRIT or WRIT/ENGL courses.

ENGL/WRIT 2220  Writing to Influence/half unit


Fall term   ENGL/WRIT 2220-01F                  

Monday and Wednesday 9:00 - 10:15   

Instructor: Dr. Nathaniel Street


Winter term                     

ENGL/WRIT 2220-18W (DLCE)    

Monday 6:00 - 7:15                     

Instructor: David Wilson

Pre-requisite: WRIT 1120 or five units of university study.


If you are taking this course in the writing minor, you are recommended to complete WRIT 1120 first.

Building on WRIT 1120, this course explores the rhetoric of persuasion in various genres and situations. The foundation of the course is classical rhetoric, as reinterpreted for modern times.  We explore logic and style as part of effective persuasion, as well as ethical issues that arise. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with a variety of rhetorical and literary terms - impress your friends by referring casually to paronomasia or paraprosdokian.  Some research in the field is required.

ENGL/WRIT 2221  Creative Writing/ half unit

Fall term  

Tuesday and Thursday 3:00 - 4:15                     

Instructor: Clare Goulet

Pre-requisite: 0.5 unit of English at the 1000 level or permission of the instructor.

If you are taking this course in the writing minor, you are recommended to complete WRIT 1120 first.

A study of lyric and narrative thinking via specific writing assignments in poetry, fiction, and/or nonfiction, in a workshop environment. Reading and written discussion of (and visits by) contemporary writers is central to the course, with peer-reviewed literary journals drawn on as texts and to establish standards.  Limited enrolment.

WRIT 2222  Introduction to Editing/half unit

Winter term

Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 - 2:45                                 

Instructor: Clare Goulet

Pre-requisite: WRIT 1120 and ENGL/WRIT 2220 or permission of the instructor.

An introduction through workshops and case studies to the history and practice of text editing, from manuscript analysis, structural and stylistic issues to copy editing and proofing galleys, in a range of genres: literary, scholarly, scientific, and popular. Students will have access to manuscripts and editing professionals. Based on the Professional Editorial Standards of the Editors’ Association of Canada.  Limited enrolment.

ENGL/WRIT 3330  Myths and Theories about Writing / half unit

Winter term
Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 - 11:15
Instructor: Dr. Nathaniel Street

An examination of attempts to explain where ideas come from and how writing is accomplished, focusing on the social theory of writing, contemporary research, and ongoing issues and debates. Of interest to anyone who writes, this course provides a framework particularly important for potential teachers, editors and critics.

LIBR 2100  Introduction to Research in the Information Age / half unit

Fall term

LIBR 2100-01.  Tuesday 4:30 - 7:00.  Instructor: S. Orlov
LIBR 2100-18.  Wednesday 6:00-8:00. via Collaborate, Distance Learning. Instructor: S. Orlov

Winter term

LIBR 2100-02.  Wednesday 1:30-4:15. Instructor: L. MaCallum
LIBR 2100-03.  Thursday 1:30 - 4:15. Instructor:  M. Raven
LIBR 2100-19.  Wednesday 6:00-8:00. via Collaborate, Distance Learning. Instructor: TBA

Prerequisite: recommended that students have completed one term of study
An introduction to research including frameworks for the organization of information in print and online; critical strategies for acquiring, evaluating and communicating information; and ethical and legal (intellectual property, copyright, plagiarism) obligations of using information. Information sources across various disciplines, formats and media will be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: This course is taught by Library faculty. Look under "Library" (LIBR) and not WRIT in order to register for the course.