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The Writing Department offers a variety of courses to help students become powerful communicators and thinkers. Apart from dedicated writing courses, we also offer electives to fulfill general education requirements. Please note that not every course is offered during any given term.

Browse through the database below to explore courses that will fulfill certain degree requirements in our programs.

When registering for classes on the Course Timetable website, be sure to carefully read through the "Notes/Additional Fees" section of each course you select. This section contains important details on delivery methods for each course during the Fall/Winter 2021-2022 term. Remember that REMT & ONLN are completely online courses and LECT, TUT, BLEN and SEMR could have in-person components.

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AP/WRIT 1003 6.00

Professional Writing: An Introduction
Required Course

Introduces the concepts, fields, and practices of professional writing. Concepts considered include creativity and the idea of writing, composition theories and practices, writing for different ...

AP/WRIT 1004 3.00

Research for Writers
Required Course

A practical introduction to research demands, strategies, and ethics in today’s digital professional writing environment. In a digital writing project, students will develop and use ...

AP/WRIT 1006 3.00

A Writer's Introduction to Literary Forms
Elective Course

An introduction to the fundamental principles governing the production and reception of four principal literary forms in English: poetry, prose fiction, prose non-fiction and drama. ...

AP/WRIT 1700 9.00

Writing: Process and Practice Online
General Education Course

This course considers a wide range of written expression including fiction, nonfiction, poetry and other genres, with an emphasis on the theory and practice of ...

AP/WRIT 1702 6.00

Becoming a Better Writer: Methods & Models
General Education Course

This course combines practical strategies for writing improvement in academic and professional contexts by having students study the diverse social, political and cultural challenges writers ...

AP/WRIT 1703 6.00

Writing Process: Invention, Originality, and Ethics
General Education Course

In this course, students develop social science research, writing, and critical thinking skills through the study of writers in the act of writing. How do ...

AP/WRIT 2003 6.00

Genres for Professional Writers
Required Course

Since genre determines most of the essential elements that a writer must consider and apply, including purpose, audience, form, style, voice, evidence, methodology, ethics and ...

AP/WRIT 2004 3.00

Writing in Digital Cultures
Required Course

This course develops students' critical writing, analysis, design, and implementation abilities in the digital world. Students will analyze the impact of digital products through current ...

AP/PRWR 2006 3.00

Fundamentals of Editing
Required Course

The course addresses the problems of sorting and arranging information and of writing it up in a manner that is clear and comprehensible in limited ...

AP/PRWR 2007 3.00

Rhetoric: Strategy and Application
Required Course

Examines classical forms and expanded contemporary views of rhetoric. The course establishes as its basis four categories of rhetoric: gestural, verbal, textural and visual, and ...

AP/WRIT 2100 3.00

Studies in Non-Fiction
Elective Course

This course considers the history and practice of several nonfiction genres, from the personal essay to travel writing and investigative journalism.

AP/WRIT 2201 3.00

Effective Writing and Research in Information Technology
Non-program Course

This course develops fundamental research and technical writing capabilities needed to clearly describe and document IT-related problems and solutions. Students develop these capabilities by working ...

AP/WRIT 2710

Grammar & Proofreading
Elective Course

A strict, prescriptivist approach to the fundamental rules and protocols of Standard Written English (SWE)

AP/WRIT 3001 3.00

Intermediate Digital Authoring
Keystone, Required Course

The course considers authoring in the context of online environments and theories of such work. It introduces strategies for composing, editing, and promoting one's writing ...

AP/WRIT 3002 3.00

Introduction to Periodical and Publishing Writing
Keystone, Required Course

Offers an introductory survey of the primary genres involved in periodical publication, both newspapers and magazines. Genres addressed include news and investigative reports, commentary, reviews, ...

AP/WRIT 3003 3.00

Introduction to Corporate/Organizational Writing
Keystone, Required Course

This course familiarizes students with the expectations,requirements, and conventions of corporate/organizational communication, and develops the skills needed to become a successful writer in a public ...

AP/WRIT 3004 3.00

Books and Bookmaking in the 21st Century
Keystone, Required Course

This course considers the role of books in our culture now and in the future. Through lectures, workshops, and simulations, students learn how publishers affect ...

AP/WRIT 3010 3.00

Practical Studies in Damage Control
Elective Course

A problem-based capstone course in which students work in teams to develop and construct institutional responses, both internal and external, to extraordinary circumstances. PRIOR TO ...

AP/WRIT 3011 3.00

Reading the News: Examining the Rhetoric of the Press
Elective Course

This course examines not only what is "news" but how the press presents news stories to the reading public. Issues in bias, spinning and framing, ...

AP/WRIT 3012 3.00

 Programming for Professional Writers
Elective Course

This course considers the intersections between computer programming and writing. It explores what understanding code as a creative, expressive, social, and rhetorical practice means for ...

AP/WRIT 3013 3.00

Race and Culture in Professional Writing
Elective Course

This course explores the rhetorical practices of diverse cultures. Students will examine rhetorical production across organizations, communities and cultural identities like race, ethnicity, citizenship, ability, ...

AP/WRIT 3014 3.00

 Professional Writing and the Senses: Composing with Beer, Food and Beyond

This course focuses on the professional writing and rhetorical practices of drink and food culture in the Greater Toronto Area, emphasizing the work of breweries. ...

AP/WRIT 3200 3.00

Special Topics
Elective Course

This course provide students in Professional Writing and when possible, students in other programs, with specialized approaches to a special topic by exploring research, pursuing ...

AP/PRWR 3720 3.00

Fundamentals of Editing
Non-program Course

The course addresses the problems of sorting and arranging information and of writing it up in a manner that is clear and comprehensible in limited ...

AP/WRIT 3730 3.00

Substantive Editing
Elective Course

The course addresses the problems of developing a text to the point at which it is deemed publishable. It trains students to diagnose problems with ...

AP/WRIT 3900 3.00

Professional Writing for Nurses
Non-program Course

Develops writing skills appropriate to the professional needs of nurses. Focus on university research papers and health educational materials using nursing curriculum-appropriate materials. Open to: ...

AP/PRWR 3910 3.00

The Mechanics of Style
Elective Course

Introduces students to print protocols, explores fundamental problems in book and other print formats and considers the adaptations of these protocols to and in the ...

AP/WRIT 3988 3.00

Effective Writing and Research
Non-program Course

Develops research and writing skills appropriate to university-level work in both liberal arts and professional studies. Skills include clarifying information needs, formulating research questions, using ...

AP/WRIT 3989 3.00

Writing in the Workplace
Non-program Course

Examines various types of workplace related writing and oral communication; for example, report writing, executive summary, business plan, presentation. Focus on helping students develop clear ...

AP/WRIT 4000 3.00

Activist Rhetorics

Students in this course analyze various activist rhetorics from around the world, engage with critical theory about the forms and functions of politically effective discourses, ...

AP/WRIT 4001 6.00

Digital Authoring Practicum
Capstone, Required Course

This practicum allows fourth year students in PRWR to design and implement online writing and marketing campaigns for community organizations.Community service learning is central to ...

AP/WRIT 4002 6.00

Periodical Writing and Publishing Practicum
Capstone, Required Course

The course provides students with advanced instruction in periodical writing styles and craft with a goal to publish their own material in a course-run digital ...

AP/WRIT 4003 6.00

Organizational Writing Practicum
Capstone, Required Course

This practicum offers students direct experience applying rhetorical theories and concepts to writing for businesses/organizations requiring new or improved documents, newsletters, promotional literature, etc. Students ...

AP/WRIT 4004 6.00

Book Publishing Practicum
Capstone, Required Course

This Practicum allows students in their 4th year to participate in the publication of a book of short fiction. Manuscripts are chosen from submissions to ...

AP/WRIT 4103 3.00

Video Game Rhetorics

How do video games make arguments, and what arguments are they making? These two questions guide the set-up of this course, where students will examine ...

AP/PRWR 4801 3.00

Advanced Workshop 2: Multimedia Authoring and Practices
Elective Course

The course addresses the challenges and opportunities offered by the hardware and software involved in net-based communications. It considers the advantages and drawbacks of recent ...

AP/WRIT 4900 3.00

Special Topics

This course seeks to provide students pursuing the Honours Major with specialized approaches to a special topic by exploring research, pursuing advanced methods of inquiry ...