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Stream Requirements

Program Streams

Every student must declare a stream in order to be assured of a spot in any third- or fourth-year major course. All Professional Writing courses at the third and fourth years are part of one of the streams, and class spaces are reserved for in-stream students. For the purposes of registration, students out of stream (including those who have not declared a stream) will be considered as English majors, and will only be able to register for third- and fourth-year Professional Writing courses when other English majors can as well, usually in mid-July. We cannot guarantee spaces in any class to students who have not declared the appropriate stream.

Declaration selection forms will be handed out at the end of the fall term, i.e. December, in AP/EN 2720 6.0 Prose: Style & Argument, and will also be distributed via e-mail through the program listserv.

Declaration forms are due back to the program office, 301 Calumet College, by the end of January. Students who do not submit this form on time may not be placed in a stream in time for registration for their third-year courses.

To be placed in a stream, students must have completed at least 54 credits, including all 1000- and 2000- level requirements in PRWR, while also maintaining honours standing. We will assign places in each stream in order of CGPA, starting with 9.0 students and ending with 4.25 students. Students not maintaining Honours standing may petition to continue in Honours and in the Professional Writing Program.

Students should note that placement in any stream cannot be guaranteed. Students with low CGPAs may not be able to get into the stream of their choice.

Official stream placement does not take place until the final grades for the winter academic session are processed (i.e. mid-May). Students may request a change of stream at any point thereafter, though such requests take time to process. Any student's selection of stream is taken as binding until the program office receives a written request to change it.

Students who have not submitted a stream declaration selection form by the spring of second year will not be placed into a stream and will be considered to have changed their major to something other than Professional Writing. Such students will not be able to enrol in third-year Professional Writing courses at the beginning of the enrolment period.

Book Stream

The book stream provides an opportunity to develop enhanced understanding of the history of books and book publishing, and to acquire practical skills in the field through courses in book design, editing, copy-editing, and graphics.

Required courses in the Book stream:

  • AP/WRIT3720 6.0 Books and Bookmaking
  • AP/WRIT 3730 3.0 Substantive Editing
  • AP/PRWR 3910 3.0 The Mechanics of Style
  • AP/PRWR 3720 3.0 Fundamentals of Editing
  • AP/WRIT 4721 6.0 Book Publishing Practicum
  • AP/WRIT 4720 6.0 Print Culture & the History of the Book  or
  • AP/EN/WRIT/PRWR 4722 6.0 Editing Shakespeare

Periodical Stream

In the Periodical stream, students investigate the primary genres within the publication of periodicals (both newspapers and magazines), and develop practical expertise in such areas as editing, research for reporting, and the production of feature articles and special issues.

Required courses in the periodical stream:

  • AP/WRIT 3730 3.0 Substantive Editing
  • Either AP/WRIT 3700 6.0 Introduction to Periodical Writing or AP/EN 3180 6.0 Literary Nonficton.
  • AP/PRWR 3710 3.0 Research Methods for Reporting
  • AP/PRWR 3720 3.0 Fundamentals of Editing
  • AP/WRIT 4701 3.0 Periodical Writing: Theory & Ethics
  • AP/WRIT 4700 6.0 The Special Issue
  • three (3) additional credits chosen from:
    • AP/WRIT 4750 3.0 Oral Traditions and Professional Writing - NOT being offered.
    • AP/WRIT 4752 3.0 Reading the News: Examining the Rhetoric of the Press

Institutional Communications Stream

The institutional communications stream offers concentrated study of the forms of writing practiced in such institutional settings as corporations and governments, as well as the development of skills in presentation strategies, net-based communications, and document design.

Required courses in the Institutional Communications stream:

  • AP/WRIT 3710 6.0 Introduction to Institutional Writing
  • AP/PRWR 3720 3.0 Fundamentals of Editing
  • AP/PRWR 3810 3.0 Digesting Technical Information
  • AP/PRWR 3820 3.0 Workshop in Presentation Strategies
  • AP/PRWR 4800 3.0 Advanced Workshop 1: Visual Information and Document Design
  • AP/PRWR 4801 3.0 Advanced Workshop 2: Multi-Media Practices
  • AP/WRIT 4710 3.0 The Ethics of Publicity
  • AP/WRIT 4711 3.0 Practical Studies in Damage Control