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Updates and Announcements 

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If you have a question or concern about registration (Writing course selection, Writing program requirements, and related matters), please read the document "Course Selection Guide". If your questions are not answered by the information in that document, please feel free to contact the Undergraduate Program Director, Prof. Brock Eayrs, directly by email at beayrs@uwo.ca. You will receive a response within 36 hours.

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News

Writing Studies & Weird Al: Two forces against 'word crimes'

The always innovative Weird Al Yankovic has returned and brought with him a timely new track that speaks to the state of written English in a digital world. The accompanying video for his song 'Word Crimes' features an array of lighthearted but thought-provoking insights and observations on the erosion of writing fundamentals and etiquette in a culture where cryptic shorthands and emoji glyphs have replaced traditional (and intelligible) forms of writing. What is the trickle down effect of this trend on more formal types of composition? How is that, for the first time in history, more daily interactions and occupations than ever require word processing and advanced written communication skills, yet at the same time the state of these skills seems to be in decline? These are the same types of questions explored in many of our Department's core courses, including Writing 2111 (Writing in the World), Writing 2121 (Text, Lies & Digital Media), Writing 2207 (Writing for the Web), Writing 2210 (GrammarPhobia Demystified), as well as special offerings like Writing 2297 (Forensic Writing), and many others. Check out the video here and ask yourself: Am I a word criminal? If so, consider our courses a form of crime prevention - or perhaps rehabilitation!

Video and link provided wih permission and special thanks to Weird Al and his management.         

Writing Studies student to publish poetry piece

The Department of English and Writing Studies would like to congratulate undergraduate student Tom Prime, whose poem titled, "Percentages" previously written for our WRIT2211 (Fundamentals of Creative Writing) class, is currently pending publication in the Montreal-based magazine Vallum. This magazine offers collections of poems edited by some of Canada's best-known poets and creative writers, and is known for serving as a barometer for what is new and fresh in the field. Since 2000, Vallum has also been recognized as an index of the 'who's-who' in Canadian poetry, and the forthcoming publication of this original piece by one of our students is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations, Tom!

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Grade 5 students explore writing studies

studentsOn Friday, March 28, we hosted 140 gifted Grade 5 students from the Thames Valley District School Board for a full day of writing and poetry workshops. The students rotated through 4 workshops and had a blast interacting with our faculty! Michael Fox delivered a workshop on"Quests, Monsters, and Treasure: How Do We Make Their Stories?",  David Heap and Stephanie Kelly presented "Tracing Word Histories and Visualizing Speech Sounds", Michael Arntfield presented "Children's Mystery Novels and the Cozy Whodunit", and Tom Cull presented an interactive Poetry Lab. Thanks to Writing Studies for organizing such a wonderful day for the students! See video clip from Rogers TV

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.