2200 - Level Advanced Writing Courses


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Writing 2202F/G

Writing 2202F/G - Winning Your Argument: Rhetorical Strategy in a Visual Age

An intensive and practical study of exposition in discursive prose, this course reviews the foundations of grammar, introduces students to the rhetoric of presentation and persuasion, and considers diverse types of prose across multiple disciplines, focusing an analysis of visual rhetoric and argumentation, including websites, advertisements, and other visual media. 

Winter Section 650 Syllabus

Writing 2203F/G

Writing 2203F/G - From Headline to Deadline:Writing for Publication

The course will improve writing intended for various forms of publication, including media releases and public letters, reviews and reports, newspaper and magazine articles. Students will develop skills in the preparation, writing, copy-editing, and formatting of materials for publication, focusing on effective organization at every level of writing. Antirequisite(s): MIT 3829F/G; MIT 3870G if taken in 2009-10, 2010-11, or 2011-2012.

Fall Section 650 Syllabus

Winter Section 650 Syllabus

Writing 2204F/G

Writing 2204F/G - Short Flicks: An Introduction to Screenwriting

In this course students will analyze short and feature film scripts, workshop their own scripts and respond to the scripts of other students, and draft and revise a 15 minute short film script. Topics will include image, three-act structure, dialogue, character development, theme, scene construction, and point of view. 

Fall Section 001 Syllabus

Writing 2208F/G

Writing 2208F/G - Teaching Writing

Writing 2209F/G

Writing 2209F/G - Packaging: Document Design 

This course introduces students to principles of document design and methods of integrating visual and verbal information in print documents such as brochures, manuals, and flyers. Students will apply these principles to a variety of design projects using the computer lab facilities.

Fall Section 650 Syllabus

Winter Section 650 Syllabus

Writing 2210F/G

Writing 2210F/G - GrammarPhobia Demystified:Contemporary Grammar for Writers

A study of how the English language works in practice, the course will include consideration of writing processes and the practical application of various theories of rhetoric and syntax. Students will analyse and imitate a variety of types of writing samples, and will develop a sophisticated understanding of writing in English.

Winter Section 001 Syllabus

Writing 2211F/G

Writing 2211F/G - The Naked Writer: Fundamentals of Creative Writing

Students will explore fundamentals of creative writing and challenge their creativity through the writing of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. In craft talks and in small workshop settings, students will examine their work and the work of others for the use of basic elements such as character, voice, and setting.

Fall Sections 001 Syllabus

Fall Section 650 Syllabus

Winter Section 650 Syllabus

Writing 2213F/G

Writing 2213F/G -LOL: Humour Writing

Writing Humour is designed to help you write for greater impact while introducing you to different aspects of the genre, using a blend of lecture and workshop. You will have the opportunity to write something funny every week, get feedback, and learn about potential markets for your work. 

Fall Section 650 Syllabus

Winter Section 650 Syllabus

Writing 2214F/G

Writing 2214F/G - Memoir, Memories, and Disclosure:
Creative Non-Fiction

This course is designed for students who wish to write what's true in the form of personal essay, memoir and literary journalism. We will explore how writers use narrative techniques and structure to create essays both to the traditional forms and challenge them in unexpected, important and engaging ways.

Fall Section 001 Syllabus

Writing 2215F/G

Writing 2215F/G - Encoding Persuasion:
Rhetorical Theory

This course introduces students to basic precepts of rhetorical theory, and their application to communication analysis and the practice of writing. Topics will include rhetorical argumentation, `publics' theory, and conceptions of rhetoric as both a social practice and a method. Antirequisite(s): Writing 2292F (2008-2009).

Fall Section 650 Syllabus

Writing 2218F/G

Writing 2218F/G - To Make a Long Story Short:
Introduction to Writing Short Fiction

In this course students will develop not only fiction writing ability, but also critical reading skills. The short story will be the focus of the course. Students will produce their own short fictions based on professional models, instructor guidance, and class discussion. Antirequisite(s): Writing 2295F/G (2009-2010; 2008-2009).

Fall Section 001 Syllabus

Writing 2219F/G

Writing 2219F/G -Word Travels: Introduction to Travel Writing

Great travel writing is a balance of colourful description, practical advice and history. Students will learn a variety of article styles including personal essay, guidebook writing and destination pieces for a variety of publications. Relevant issues will also be discussed including the evolution of the genre and ethical issues. Antirequisite(s): Writing 2296F/G (2008-2009, 2009 - 2010.

Fall Section 001 Syllabus

Writing 2220F/G

Writing 2220F/G -Renewing Your Poetic License: Introduction to Writing Poetry

This writing workshop examines a variety of techniques for writing contemporary poetry. Students are introduced to modern and contemporary poets from diverse backgrounds. Assignments, readings, in-class writing, and discussions focus on the fundamental elements of poetry such as image, metaphor, point of view, voice, typography, sound, meter, rhythm, and form. Antirequisite(s): Writing 2292F/G (2009 -2010).

Fall Section 001 Syllabus

Writing 2221F/G

Writing 2221F/G - Self and The Rhetorical Triangle:
An Introduction to Interpersonal Communication

Writing 2222F/G

Writing 2222F/G - Food Writing:

In the novel "Like Water for Chocolate", Mexican author Laura Esquivel reveals the powerful force of food to educate, and to influence emotions, culture and life. In this course students will practice food writing (through memoir, history, reportage, biography and narrative) while developing specific research methods to understand food systems. Antirequisite(s): Writing 2295G (2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011). 

Winter Section 001 Syllabus

Writing 2223F/G

Writing 2223F/G - Fashion Writing: Elements of Style

Using high fashion magazines as well as select books, film/video, and internet resources, this course covers the basic areas of fashion writing (review, trend reports, profiles, etc.) and explores how fashion can be used as a lens to discuss other areas of cultural and social significance. Antirequisite(s): Writing 2293G 2010-2012; Writing 2293F 2012-2013. 

Fall Section 001 Syllabus

Writing 2224F/G

Writing 2224F/G - Writing For the Big Screen:Introduction to Feature Film Writing

Explore the art of writing a feature-length screenplay in a workshop setting. Course work focuses on the fundamental elements of screenplay theory while the workshop guides students through the stages of the screenwriting process. Students will complete the first act of a feature-length film and collaborate on a film trailer. Antirequisite(s): Writing 2292G 2009-2013. 

Winter Section 001 Syllabus

Writing 2225F/G

Writing 2225F/G - The Inside Track:Sport Writing

Writing 2226F/G

Writing 2226F/G - Out of the Book: Contemporary Experimental Writing Practices

 In this experimental creative writing course students use a variety of media, online platforms, and source material to create innovative projects that challenge traditional modes of literary expression. They will be introduced to experimental writers/artists - Marcel Duchamp, William Burroughs, Kathy Acker, Laurie Anderson, etc. Assignments will incorporate appropriation, collage, and sampling. Antirequisite(s): Writing 2295G if taken in 2012-2013 or 2013-2014

Winter Section 001 Syllabus

Writing 2227F/G

Writing 2227F/G - Crime Writing:Black Dahlias, Red Herrings and Tequila Sunrises

This course introduces students to the process of writing crime fiction for a variety of media. Drawing on classic works, students will also learn about the criminal mind and investigative procedure as they create realistic portrayals of the genre's archetypal crimes, including murder, ransom kidnapping, and the theft of antiquities. Antirequisite(s): Writing 2291F if taken in 2013-2014. 

Winter Section 001 Syllabus

Writing 2520A
Through a series of guest lectures by contemporary writers, this course explores the art, craft, and process of creative writing in a variety of genres. Course topics include inspiration, overcoming creative blocks, revision, social media, publishing, literary citizenship, and the writing life. Antirequisite(s): Writing 2504A if taken F/W16 or F/W17. 
Fall Section 001 Syllabus
Writing 2530B
This course teaches students how to write and pitch creative projects reflecting today’s dominant television broadcast models. By exploring a variety of formats and genres, this course will also help prepare students for professional careers in writing and production in the television industry in both Canada and the United States. Antirequisite(s): Writing 2500B if taken F/W16 or F/W17. 
Winter Section 001 Syllabus