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Are you enrolling in the Writing & Rhetoric Program (W&R), choosing it as a minor designation, or are you selecting individual courses to complement your specialist or major program? Regardless of your path, W&R offers a wide range of courses to broaden and enhance your writing and rhetorical skills.

From the art of persuasive discourse to the power of digital rhetoric

W&R delivers a dynamic and challenging learning experience: from essay writing to more specialized courses in business communication, digital rhetoric, visual rhetoric, and writing for social change, the common denominator of our courses is smaller seminar-style classes led by instructors who are experts in their field.

Course offerings for 2024 Summer session

For a complete schedule of current course offerings (including those not currently offered), please see the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

Professor: Cynthia Messenger / Roz Spafford / Vikki Visvis
Course Code: WRR103H1
Format: Lecture/Tutorial
WRR103 helps you develop a toolkit for essay-writing in the humanities. Over the course of the term, we move from the sentence level to the paragraph and essay levels, equipping you with a skill set that empowers you to engage in a wide variety of practical writing tasks.

Course offerings for the Fall/Winter 2024-25 session

For a complete schedule of current course offerings (including those not currently offered), please see the Faculty of Arts & Science Calendar.

Professor: Cynthia Messenger / Roz Spafford / Vikki Visvis
Course Code: WRR103H1
Format: Lecture/Tutorial
WRR103 helps you develop a toolkit for essay-writing in the humanities. Over the course of the term, we move from the sentence level to the paragraph and essay levels, equipping you with a skill set that empowers you to engage in a wide variety of practical writing tasks.
Professor: TBD
Course Code: WRR104H1
Format: Lecture/Discussion
Writing skills are essential in university. Also essential is knowing how to find and evaluate research. This class will help you understand the research process from start to finish.
Professor: Daniel Adleman
Course Code: WRR201H1
Format: Lecture/Discussion
When contemporary critics seek to discredit dishonest politicians, they tend to refer to their discourse as “mere rhetoric.” But there is so much more to rhetoric than deception.
Professor: Vikki Visvis
Course Code: JWE206H1
Format: Lecture/Discussion/Tutorial
If you are interested in improving your academic essay writing, then please consider taking JWE206. Our goal is to teach students to write academic humanities essays by conducting rhetorical analyses of personal essays — also called creative non-fiction.
Professor: Viktoria Jovanovic-Krstic
Course Code: WRR300H1
Format: Lecture/Discussion
You will learn the theory and practice of effective and ethical communication in the workplace, including business, government, and non-profit organizations.
Professor: TBD
Course Code: WRR302H1
Format: Lecture/Discussion
WRR302 has been designed for Rotman Commerce students. All projects are group-based to help you develop your teamwork skills.
Professor: Daniel Adleman
Course Code: WRR303H1
Format: Lecture/Discussion
This course brings media front and centre. Beginning with U of T rhetorician Marshall McLuhan’s far-reaching ideas about media environments, we undertake a journey through different ideas about the integral role that media plays in culture.
Professor: Daniel Adleman
Course Code: WRR307H1
Format: Lecture/Discussion
This course brings rhetorical thought into important dialogue with health research and medical practices. You will study the relationship between persuasion, well-being and medical practices, interdisciplinary approaches to weaving the humanities and the sciences together, and ways to insert yourself into vital conversations abut health and well-being.
Professor: Rebecca Vogan
Course Code: WRR310H1
Format: Lecture/discussion
In copy editing and stylistic editing, editors help writers to express their sentences as clearly, concisely, and effectively as possible. Using a book publishing context, this course introduces professional strategies for these later stages of the editorial process.
Professor: TBD
Course Code: WRR311H1
Format: Seminar
Everyone tells stories. But what is "story," and why does it matter? What distinguishes mediocre from masterful storytelling, the shallow from the profound — and how can you learn to find, and develop, your own powerful stories?
Professor: Cynthia Messenger
Course Code: WRR313H1
Format: Lecture/Discussion
How do images and objects communicate with and persuade viewers? Visual rhetoric is part of the broader academic field known as rhetorical studies. This course will introduce you to the “language” of display.
Professor: Rebecca Vogan
Course Code: WRR316H1
Format: Lecture/discussion
Using a book publishing context, this course introduces developmental editing and substantive editing — two early stages that focus on the big picture rather than the details.
Professor: Cynthia Messenger
Course Code: WRR317H1
Format: Lecture/Discussion
Want to be a part of the scholarly conversation that is central to academic writing? When scholars write papers, they are “talking” to other scholars. In WRR317, you will learn to write research-based academic essays in which you meaningfully engage with the published work of others.
Professor: Daniel Adleman
Course Code: WRR414H1
Format: Lecture/Discussion
This course focuses on rhetoric as a tool for civic engagement and political action. We will analyze the rhetorical practices of citizens, scholars, and activists within and outside of the academy, who pursue social change in diverse communities and across a range of institutions, media, and discourses.

Have a question?

Need more info about the Writing & Rhetoric Program? Not sure which courses are right for you? Wondering if a minor in W&R is the right fit with your specialist or major program? We can help. Contact our program coordinator.