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Writing Courses Fall 2018 - Winter 2019

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   Lesley Newhook

03F   Monday & Wednesday 4.30 - 5:45      Lesley Newhook

04F   Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 - 10:15      Dr. Kristin Domm

05F   Tuesday & Thursday 3:00 - 4:15    Dr. Anna Smol        

18F   DLCE   Dr. Nathaniel Street    


06W   Monday & Wednesday  9:00 - 10:15   Clare Goulet

07W   Monday & Wednesday  12:00 - 1:15    Dr. Sandra Orser

08W   Tuesday & Thursday  9:00-10:15    David Wilson

09W  Tuesday & Thursday 10:30 - 11:45   Dr. Sandra Orser

19W   DLCE     Lesley Newhook


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 2220-18F (DLCE)                 

Wednesday 6:00 - 7:15

Instructor: David Wilson


Winter term                     

ENGL/WRIT 2220-01W  

Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 - 2:45              

Instructor: Dr. Nathaniel Street


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  

Monday and Wednesday 4:30 - 5:45                     

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

Monday and Wednesday 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 2223 History of Writing, Reading, and the Book / half unit

Fall term
Monday and Wednesday 1:30 - 2:45
Instructor: Dr. Anna Smol

Book history is an interdisciplinary field, and in this course our topics will range from literary and rhetorical analysis to historical research to cultural debates. We will study the book as a material object and the development of manuscript and print culture from antiquity to the contemporary era, setting Western developments in a global context. We will examine intersections of oral and written literacies, the development of writing systems, and concepts of reading and authorship. Course readings will alternate between non-fiction (in theoretical, technical, and historical texts) and fiction (such as Geraldine Brooks' novel People of the Book). Students will have opportunities for basic practice in writing scripts, editing medieval manuscripts, and using a printing press. Guest speakers may include librarians, publishers, storytellers, and book artists, who will enrich our opportunities to examine books in the Mount's special collections in the MacDonald Collection, the Lesbian Pulp Fiction Collection, and the Canadian Children's Book Collection. Topics may be as varied as the cultural importance of religious books, the development of a children's publishing industry, censorship, women as scribes, patrons, and printers, Indigenous oral traditions, typography, and contemporary blogging. The course will offer multiple options for creative projects.

(This course may count as an ENGL half-unit credit or a WRIT half-unit credit. It may also count as a 0.5 elective in the Cultural Studies program.) For more information as it becomes available, see the course website.

ENGL/WRIT/PHIL 2225  Tricksters, Liars and Sophists: The History of Rhetoric

Fall term
Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 - 2:45
Instructor: Dr. Nathaniel Street

This course focuses on the history of the rhetorical tradition in the West from ancient Greece to contemporary thought through a careful study of selected major and marginalized works on rhetoric from a variety of perspectives, including some that are (ostensibly) hostile to rhetoric.The class will both study rhetoric as a historical phenomenon that gives insight into its contemporary place as well as read course texts as live interlocutors that may change and/or enrich how we theorize and practice rhetoric in the present. Additionally, the course will offer counter-histories of more established traditions that emphasize the role of women in rhetorical scholarship and practice, questions the supposed "disappearance" of rhetoric after the fall of the Roman republic, and interrogates rhetoric's relationship with technological, scientific, and intellectual advances and shifts, including the printing press, turns toward empiricism, and the advent of digital and networked (mass) media.

ENGL/WRIT 3377  Old English Translation Theory and Practice / half unit

(Formerly part of ENGL 3361)

Fall term
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 - 1:15
Instructor: Dr. Anna Smol

Please note: the full-unit course ENGL 3361 (Old English) has now been divided into two half units. While the content of the course remains the same, the first half unit is now designated ENGL/WRIT 3377: Old English Translation Theory and Practice. This course is a pre-requisite for the second half, ENGL 3378: Beowulf, Then and Now. You should note that only ENGL/WRIT 3377 may count as a Writing Minor course.

In ENGL/WRIT 3377, you will experience the process of translation by learning to read Old English prose and poetry. We will explore various modes and theories of translation with the aim of writing a creative passage of translation and a professional commentary by the end of the semester.

WRIT / COMM 3512  Scientific Writing/ half unit

Winter term
Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 - 5:45
Instructor:  Dr. Tess Laidlaw (Communication Studies)

An examination of writing in science and technology with particular emphasis on the development of high-level skills in writing and editing documents for a variety of science and technology audiences. Students will build on their previous writing skills and science background to analyze audience needs and write and edit a variety of communication pieces.

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

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.