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Credit courses in writing in the Faculty of Arts and Science are available online, through Continuing and Distance Studies.  Students who take writing courses will learn to organize information and arguments for coherence and rhetorical persuasiveness, adapt their writing style to meet the expectations of various audiences, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their own and others’ writing. They will learn the conventions of grammar, particularly those with which they have difficulty, and the formats and stylistic conventions of writing in various disciplines and contexts. In practicing and receiving feeding on their writing, students will become more confident, effective writers and editors of their own work.

Available Courses


WRIT 120/3.0: Fundamentals of Effective Writing

The course focuses on building a useful vocabulary of grammar terms; understanding how words function in a sentence; identifying and correcting errors in grammar and punctuation; and improving sentence construction to more effectively convey meaning. Students will also build a more precise and expressive vocabulary for professional and academic writing.
Prerequisite: None
Offered: Fall term

WRIT 125/3.0: Effective Writing I – Fundamentals of Academic Essay Writing    

A study of the basic principles of academic writing, including a series of assignments that emphasize logical organization, stylistic clarity, and grammatical precision.
Prerequisite: None
Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer terms

WRIT 175/3.0: Effective Writing II

An intensive study of the essay-writing process, from techniques of prewriting and outlining through revising for grammatical correctness and argumentative clarity, with particular emphasis on critical reading skills.
Prerequisite: WRIT 125 or permission of the instructor
*Note: WRIT 175 is not offered in the 2014/15 academic year

WRIT 225/3.0: Writing in Academic Contexts   

Organized around a menu of ten genres related to academic writing, this course can be tailored to individual interests. Students select five modules, ranging from the research proposal, to the lab report, to the literary review. Complementing the modules is a mandatory Grammar and Mechanics assessment.
Prerequisite: WRIT 120, WRIT 125 or permission of the instructor
Offered: Fall and Spring/Summer terms

WRIT 235/6.0: Writing in the Community

An interdisciplinary course that employs a community service-learning model in order to develop specialized writing skills. Students are actively involved in the completion of a writing project in the local community. Written work and discussion facilitate individual reflection on the writing process and encourage critical thinking, editing, and research skills.
Prerequisite: WRIT 125 or permission of the instructor
*Note: WRIT 235 is not offered in the 2014/15 academic year

WRIT 250/3.0: Writing in Business Contexts 

WRIT 250 focuses on the principles of business writing. Students analyze workplace contexts and identify writing strategies best suited to address business problems.  Students research, organize, design, and create reader-centred documents and various electronic and print texts that relate to practical situations they will encounter in the business world.
Prerequisite: WRIT 120, WRIT 125, or permission of the instructor
Offered: Fall term

WRIT 265/3.0: Editing in Academic and Professional Contexts

This course introduces the levels of editing – substantive, stylistic, and copyediting – and how to apply these skills to academic and professional documents such as reports, essays, articles, and newsletters. The course gives students the tools both to revise their own work and to edit the work of others for greater clarity.
Prerequisite: WRIT 120, WRIT 125 or permission of the instructor
Offered: Winter term

WRIT 290/3.0: Writing Literary Non-Fiction  

A study of the essay as a literary form, including analysis of readings as well as a series of writing assignments. Complementing the assignments is a mandatory Grammar and Style component.
Prerequisite: WRIT 120, WRIT 125 or permission of the instructor
Offered: Winter term

 

For more information about these courses or about how to register, please visit
the Continuing and Distance Studies website.