Writing and Rhetoric Program

Innis College’s Writing and Rhetoric Program offers a diverse array of courses that explore the worlds of oral, written, and online discourse.


Our Rhetoric courses investigate the discipline’s core ideas, history, contact with other disciplines, applications, and metamorphoses across media platforms.


Our Writing courses teach students how to write well in the modes, genres, and styles appropriate to particular disciplinary, institutional, and creative contexts.



Call for Submissions: The Spectatorial


The Spectatorial submissions are open until November 19th! We accept creative work, academic writing, graphic fiction, and visual art under the speculative genre. This can include science fiction, fantasy, horror, dystopia, romance, etc. Our hope is to highlight the importance of carefully crafted speculative works within the literary scene. If you would like to be published in our journal then please review our submissions guidelines.


Innis College grad places 7th in 90th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition


The Writing and Rhetoric program wishes to congratulate Innis College alum, Arvin Tavakkoli, for placing 7th among thousands of submissions in the 90th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Arvin’s short story titled All the Colours of the Sunset”, originally composed for Writing and Rhetoric course WRR311Y1 Seminar in Creative Writing with Professor Sharon English, was chosen as one of the top ten submissions to the category “Mainstream / Literary Short Fiction”. Congratulations, Arvin!


For details on how to apply to other Writer’s Digest competitions, click here.





The Spectatorial


The SpectatorialU of T’s one and only genre journal, proudly operates out of the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Innis College.


A journal for the perpetuation of speculative fiction, genre fiction, folklore, and mythology. Our goal is to elaborate on the importance of the ‘untrue’ in modern society by creating a space for the largest lies of literature.”



>   Latest Issue of the Spectatorial (Volume VIII)

>   Past Volumes

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>   Website


Featured Alumni Profile


jaclyn hodsdon“My Writing & Rhetoric minor equipped me with the skills to think and analyze critically, to communicate effectively and concisely, and to convey ideas authoritatively and thoughtfully. These skills provide a strong foundation for successful communication not only in the academic world, but in the business world as well, and I use them every day in my role as Senior Publicist at HarperCollins Canada.”


—Writing & Rhetoric alumna Jaclyn Hodsdon (HBA ’13 Innis)

Featured Alumni Profile


david pelech headshot“My Writing & Rhetoric minor gave me the confidence to know that writing is a legitimate career path. The rigor and seriousness of the program demystified the writing process for me and allowed me to treat writing as a skill to improve, rather than a talent one does or does not possess. The support from the faculty and staff was strong during my time as a student and remains a supportive well I can draw upon far into in my professional career.”


—Writing & Rhetoric alumnus and creator of CBC Gem’s Decoys David Pelech  (HBA ’09 Innis)