This course emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and processes involved in the craft of writing.  Students will analyse models of effective writing, produce a variety of creative and informational texts, assess and apply stylistic techniques, and make considered decisions for improving the quality of their writing. Extensive independent and collaborative writing activities will help students perfect their writing skills and develop their own voice.

Modules

Society Through Short Stories

Writing non-fiction is accessible to everyone, since everyone has a story to tell. As our stories mature over time, they are transformed by our personal experiences. Those whose stories are read and remembered, however, are those who have mastered the writer’s craft through extensive practice. Short stories are an excellent way of telling a story. More concise in format than a novel, they call for no more than one major setting, highlight fewer characters and have tighter plots.

The Art of Persuasion

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” —Aristotle The ancient Greeks invented and perfected the art of rhetoric. In this module, you will assess the effectiveness of various texts and speeches based on the three essential elements of persuasion: ethos, logos, and pathos. You will practice the development of compelling arguments, including supporting details, and the use of rhetorical devices to engage and maintain an audience’s attention. You will create a personal blog for which you will produce and publish three different posts related to a subject of your choice.

Establishing Connections Through Poetry

“Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.” —Thomas Hardy Poetry is often likened to “a painting in words.” It appeals to the reader’s imagination or emotions through an arrangement of language, sound, and rhythm. Poetry can be broken down into three main groupings: narrative, dramatic and lyrical. There are over 50 types of poems. In this module, you will produce a variety of poems on a theme of your choice and assemble your best pieces into an anthology for subsequent publication.

Journalism in the Digital Age

Journalism is the act of gathering news and information. The journalist transmits a message from the most objective point of view to inform about an event that happened or is happening. Traditional journalism included newspaper publishing, television and radio broadcasting. The arrival of Internet and social media have facilitated the dissemination of citizen-generated news, which has had a major impact on traditional journalism, changing the face of journalism. What does the future hold for journalism in the digital age? In this module, you will be researching journalism, types of journalism and producing a variety of articles on topics of your choice, including an article which you will then publish.

The World Is Your Stage

How has Greek theatre influenced Western theatre? How does theatre reflect and influence society? What is dramatic purpose? How does a playwright create dramatic tension? In this module, you will be learning about the structure of dramatic texts and their effectiveness to entertain an audience.