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Visit this link for the updated 2017-18 Writing and Rhetoric program description and list of courses.

Summer Courses 2017
INI 300H1F

Aims to teach students to recognize the rhetoric of the professional workplace and to communicate strategically and ethically using written and oral discourse appropriate to business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Case study analysis using ethical reasoning models is a central component of the course.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents.
Exclusion: INI300Y1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities or Social Science course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)
Method of instruction: lecture/discussion
Instructor: TBA

May-June 2017

Lecture: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-1

Location: SS 1084



This course introduces students to professional editorial conventions at two later stages of the editorial process. Both stages require analytical skills and sentence expertise. Through stylistic editing, students learn how to improve a writer's literary style; through copy editing, they learn how to ensure both accuracy and consistency (editorial style).

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 FCEs
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)


Lecture: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-4
Instructor: TBA

Room: TBA



Program Enrolment

The Writing and Rhetoric Minor is now a Type 1 program. You may sign up for the program directly through ROSI.

Students may take INI courses even if they do not wish to enrol in the Writing and Rhetoric Program.


First Year Courses

INI 103H and 104H count toward Writing and Rhetoric Minor requirements, whether or not they are taken in first year.

First-year students who are interested in enrolling in the program in second year (or a later year) should take one or both of these courses in first year. (Upper-level students are also welcome to take first-year courses.) Any course that counts toward program requirements may be taken before a student formally enrols in the program.

INI104H is not offered this year.


List of Innis College Writing and Rhetoric Courses on offer in 2016-17:

INI 103H1F Writing Essays
INI 203Y1Y Foundations of Written Discourse
INI 204Y1Y The Academic Writing Process
INI 300H1F Strategic Writing in Business and the Professions
INI 302H1F,S Writing in Business and the Professions for Rotman Commerce students
INI 305H1S Word and Image in Modern Writing
INI 310H1F Editing;
INI 311Y1Y Seminar in Creative Writing
JEI 206H1S Writing English Essays



Innis College and the Writing and Rhetoric Program invite you to:

Writing in a Time of Ecological Unravelling
A Multidisciplinary Panel Discussion


How does ecological crisis change and challenge the writer’s role?
What tools and inspiration does writing offer?

Join the discussion with a panel of three writers sharing their experiences and reflections:

  • Catherine Bush (novelist; MFA Program, U of Guelph)
  • Bonnie McElhinny (Dept. of Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies Institute, U of T)
  • Stephen Scharper (School of the Environment and Dept. for the Study of Religion, U of T)

Moderated by Sharon English (Writing & Rhetoric Program, Innis College)



Writing & Rhetoric

@ Innis College

The Writing and Rhetoric minor reflects the belief that strong skills in critical thinking and written communication are central to a liberal education. The mission of this unique minor is to facilitate the intellectual and academic development of undergraduate students and to provide them with a powerful tool that will prove useful in graduate schools, professional schools, and the workplace. This non-remedial program responds to the University's repeated calls for initiatives that address the written communication skills of students from across the disciplines.

Innis College has played a leading role in providing writing instruction at the University of Toronto for over thirty-five years. Innis College's Writing and Rhetoric Program is built on a foundation of long-standing Innis courses in academic and creative writing and on more recently mounted courses in professional writing, rhetoric, and media. The Writing and Rhetoric Program draws on relevant U of T courses in a range of disciplines. The program's design reflects three interrelated themes.


Writing Studies as a discipline involves more than instruction in composition skills. Writing is related to rhetoric, logic, reasoning, and critical thinking. Writing is therefore most fruitfully studied, not in isolation, but in a multidisciplinary program such as the one Innis has designed. One of the main goals of the program is to ensure that students graduate with exposure to various modes of writing and with well-developed written communication skills. (Graduates of the new program could pursue postgraduate degrees in rhetoric, professional writing, medicine, law, communications, management, creative writing, journalism, and media studies, to name several possibilities.)


One of the oldest disciplines in the liberal arts, rhetoric is an evolving area of scholarship that has illuminated the making of meaning in a large number of academic fields. Today's "rhetoric" reaches well beyond notions related to the art of persuasion. Contemporary definitions of rhetoric focus on the relationship between discourse and social forces. For the purposes of the program, rhetoric will signify the patterns of communication identifiable in a variety of disciplines and environments. Students will be taught to recognize and use rhetorical strategies in their written work. The program is committed to the ethical use of rhetorical strategies, and therefore ethical decision-making is a component of program offerings.

Critical Thinking:

Innis writing and rhetoric courses all strive to teach students that good writers have learned to read and think critically. One of the tenets of the Writing and Rhetoric Program is shared by many of the University's Arts and Science disciplines: that problem-solving and creative, persuasive, and effective writing depend on the ability to analyze discourse critically. Students in the program will learn to identify strengths and weaknesses in the texts they study. They will learn that the critical analysis they engage in when they write is intimately connected to the rhetorical strategies they adopt, the emphases they impose, the tone they create, and the organizational plan they choose.


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