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2017-18 Calendar

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

Cancellations 2017-18
Due to unforeseen circumstances, INI204H1S (Winter term only) and INI413H1S will be cancelled. Please contact us for assistance finding a replacement course. Thank you.
New Courses 2017-18

Several new courses are on offer in 2017-18:

INI201H1F Theories of Rhetoric

INI303H1F Digital Rhetoric

INI303H1S Digital Rhetoric

INI316H1S Developmental and Substantive Editing

INI414H1S Writing for Social Change


Summer Courses 2018
INI 211H1F

This introductory course focuses on the process and craft of creative writing. Students will study short fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry by established writers, and learn to respond to works-in-progress by their peers. A variety of activities will help students generate, develop, and revise a portfolio of original creative work.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents.
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 2018

Lecture: Mondays and Wednesdays 10-1

Location: IN204


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



This course introduces professional editorial conventions at two early stages of the editorial process. Both stages require editors to think critically and creatively as they assess content, organization, and argument. Students learn how to analyze and evaluate these elements, envision possible improvements, and explain these suggestions persuasively.

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: IN204



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.



Article: U of T Study uses algorithms to predict how word meanings change over time

 U of T news article 


Article: You are what you write

 LinkedIn article 


Congratulations to Linh Nguyen, Class of 2017 W&R Program, whose short story “Down Feathers” is the "People's Choice" winner in the the 2017 U of T Magazine contest. Linh wrote her story as part of her portfolio in INI311Y Seminar in Creative Writing--Fiction, taught by Program Director Sharon English. Read her story here.

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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