Updates and Announcements
Web Registration 2017-18
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 email@example.com. You will receive a response within 36 hours.
Special permission procedures for 2017-18: please refer to FAQ
Writing 4999E - Creative Writing Thesis 2017-2018
Students looking to take the fourth-year creative writing thesis course, where you have an opportunity to author an original piece of your choosing under the supervision of one of our faculty members, should acquaint themselves with the course requirements as soon possible. A complete Guide to the course and the required Consent form are here. Please contact Brock Eayrs (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any additional questions or concerns.
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.
You’re a Strange Animal: Writing Nature, Writing the Self (Writing 3901F) – a third-year elective course open to all students at Western, takes place outside of the classroom. Weekly assignments encourage thinking and creative writing inspired by the natural world. “We’re talking about big issues, but we’re focusing specifically on campus. We’re out of the classroom every day. It’s getting students to engage in creative writing and thinking and the environment they live in and connect with,” Cull said. Because the course is open to all, English, Science and Business students are coming together and approaching these issues, and their creative assignments, from different perspectives and insights.
Writing Studies: Special Topics Courses 2017 – 2018
Doing your Med Sci degree but interested in creative writing? Studying Psychology but wondering about writing for television?
We might have a course that will fit your schedule. This year we again offer Writing 2504A: Write Now! Writers Speak and Writing 2500B: TV or Not TV: Writing for the Television Industry. Both courses are open to general registration – the only prerequisite is second-year standing. Students registered in either the HSP in Creative Writing/English or the Minor in Creative Writing can count one (but not both!) of these courses toward their module requirements.
Perhaps you have the prerequisite(s) for senior Writing courses, and sometimes wish you could convey your love of the natural world to others through your writing, or could learn more about the process involved in writing song lyrics? Then consider taking Writing 3901F: You're a Strange Animal: Writing Nature, Writing the Self or Writing 3902G: Hitting the Right Notes: Lyric Writing. Both courses can be counted toward the HSP in Creative Writing/English or the Minor in Creative Writing requirements.
An informative poster about Writing 2504A Write Now can be found here. More extended descriptions of all four courses can be found here. If you have other questions about them, feel free to contact Brock Eayrs, Undergraduate Program Director/Writing Studies, at email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.