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Updates and Announcements

Web Registration 2015-16

If you have a question or concern about registration (Writing course selection, Writing course 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 2015-16: please refer to FAQ

Writing 4999E - Creative Writing Thesis 2015-16

With the surge in enrolments in creative writing modules here at Western, students looking to take the fourth year thesis and directed study course, where you have an opportunity to author an original piece of your choosing under the full year guidance of one of our faculty members, should acquaint themselves with the course requirements as soon possible. All pertinent information for students wishing to enroll for the 2015-16 offering should click here for further instructions. Please contact the department with any additional questions or concerns.  

Poynt Poetry Winners 2015

The Department of English & Writing Studies is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Alfred R. Poynt Award in Poetry. The Department is proud to acknowledge Sakariya Ahmed (1st place winner), Robyn Obermeyer (2nd place winner), as well as Emma Croll-Baehre, Helen Ngo, and David Witmer as the Judge's Choice winners. For full details on the winning submissions, contest details, and the panel of this year's judges, click here. Check back soon for details about the forthcoming 2016 award competition.

News

Language Day 2015 a resounding success

On April 24th, Writing Studies held its second annual Language Day workshop for students in the Ignite5 program with the Thames Valley District School Board. The event was, once again, a great success, and a dynamic video showcasing the day's activities and participants has been created by one of the teachers in attendance and is now available for viewing. Special thanks to Professor Michael Fox for being (once again) the event organizer, as well as to Professors Michael Arntfield, Tom Hull, Miranda Green-Barteet, David Heap, Stephanie Kelly, and Miriam Love for moderating the sessions. 

Congratulations to Writing Studies student Katarina Galat

Fourth year student Katarina Galat, due to graduate from Western this year, has been accepted into the exclusive two-year Masters program in Creative Writing at the University of Toronto. This is one of the most selective and competitive graduate programs in writing in Canada, and it should be noted that Katarina is a graduate of the Honors Specialization in Creative Writing and English Literature program here at Western. Congratulations Katarina, and we wish you great success. 

New study confirms humanities grads among the most employable 

Preliminary results of an incisive University of Ottawa study just released, in which the personal income tax records of undergraduates who completed their degrees between 1998 and 2011 were tracked over that same period, confirm 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 disciplines such as the health sciences that have traditionally been equated with immediate financial prosperity. The study uses verifiable data to turn some long-standing myths upside down, and reinforces the marketability and diversity of a liberal arts education in the current knowledge based economy. The study also corroborates feedback from our own recent graduates about their successes, not to mention the continuing surge in writing and communications jobs available across all industries. 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.