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Updates and Announcements

Marie Smibert Writing Studies Student Achievement Prizes 2016-2017

Have you written an outstanding essay or project in a Writing Studies course this year? If so, we encourage you – students in eligible Writing Studies courses 2016 – 2017 (May to April) – to submit entries and compete for the Marie Smibert Writing Studies Student Achievement Prizes 2016 – 2017.

There are four Categories (the fifth Category, for oral communication, is adjudicated separately), and there is a first prize of $350.00, and up to two Honourable Mention prizes of $250.00 each, available in each Category. You can submit only one entry in a Category, but you can of course compete in more than one Category. For complete information, including a list of eligible courses, and the required Entry Form.

Professor Cull named London's new Poet Laureate 

The Department of English & Writing Studies is excited to announce that writing professor Tom Cull has been named as London's new Poet Laureate following a competitive juried selection process administered by the London Arts Council. A veteran instructor of courses such as The Writers' Studio (WRIT1000) and Introduction to Professional Writing (WRIT2121), Professor Cull is a noted poet and activist who, with this new appointment, will serve as a cultural and literary ambassador for London's burgeoning arts community across Canada. London is one of only two-dozen cities in the country boasting a Poet Laureate, further underscoring the distinction of this merit-based appointment. The full press release, including accolades from London's Mayor Matt Brown, can be found be here.        

Web Registration 2016-17

If you have a question or concern about registration (Writing course selection, Writing program/module requirements, or related matters), please first read the course descriptions and program/module descriptions (and linked 'Worksheets' as applicable). You will find links to those descriptions in the 'Undergraduate' drop-down menu. If your questions are not answered by the information in those documents, please feel free to contact the Undergraduate Program Director/Writing Studies, Prof. Brock Eayrs, directly by email at beayrs@uwo.ca. You will receive a response within 36 hours.

Special permission procedures for 2016-17: please refer to FAQ


New multimedia zine looking for writers  

The interdisciplinary on-campus e-zine ICONOCLAST is looking for writers and those interested in filling executive editorial positions following the successful launch of its first edition. Writers and other contributors and can apply via their Facebook page. Ahead of applying, however, be sure to check out their first edition, which represents the work of students hailing from English and Writing Studies, as well as the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities (SASAH) here at Western.

New course offerings

There are several new and exciting English & Writing Studies courses available beginning in the fall of 2016, courses that are once again focused on the development of practical and transferable skills geared to the current knowledge-based economy. These courses include, among others: Writing for Television, Experiments with Poetic FormSports WritingInspiration, Craft and Process, and Advanced Healthcare Communication. As with all of our courses, the professors for these offerings bring real-world insights that will maximize the classroom experience and allow students to further build and diversify their writing portfolios. Click here for a list of all special topics offerings for 2016-17.    

Media mogul to university students: "learn to write" before all else

The NY Times has published an incisive Q&A with HGTV/Food TV CEO and reality television innovator Kathleen Finch detailing the traits she looks for in new grads looking to break into the media industry. The most coveted skill set? You guessed it: being a skilled, consistent, and confident writer across the disciplines. Her insights echo what countless captains of industry and culture makers alike have been saying in recent years, and what the projected job figures suggest. Read the full interview here.     

New study confirms humanities grads among the most employable 

Preliminary results of an incisive University of Ottawa study just released confirms some fascinating long-term trends with respect to the programs offered by Canada's research intensive universities like Western and their impact on earning power. For starters, graduates in the humanities were found to have found stable, full-time employment relatively quickly, including during intervals of severe economic downturn. Further, humanities grads saw early career increases in their average annual salaries at rates that exceeded those graduating in other disciplines. Read a detailed summary of the study here.    

Mission Statement

Writing Studies aims to provide students with the ability to affect the world, both inside and outside the university, by facilitating their becoming self-directed, creative, and intellectual agents able to engage effectively with and contribute to the resolution of problems through the use of language both written and spoken. Writing studies comprise the core activities of our contemporary social, political, and cultural world, and the study and mastery of the constitutive and social dynamics of writing, rhetorical theory, and texts will provide pragmatic and intellectual tools for our graduates throughout their professional, intellectual, and social lives.