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.



>> Click here to see Writing & Rhetoric 2020-2021 Fall/Winter course offerings.


Welcome, Dr. Andrea Williams


The Writing and Rhetoric Program is pleased to announce that Andrea Williams, an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, recently joined the Writing & Rhetoric Program as a faculty member. We are thrilled to have Dr. Williams bring her expertise to the program. To read more about Dr. Williams, please click here.

Roz Spafford receives the 2019-2020 Margaret Procter Award for Excellence in Writing Instruction


The Writing & Rhetoric Program would like to extend our congratulations to Roz Spafford, W&R instructor (INI211H1), for receiving The Margaret Procter Award for Excellence in Writing Instruction.


Roz is one of three recipients this year and is being recognized in her capacity as a writing centre instructor in the Health Sciences and New College Writing Centres.


Margaret Procter coordinated writing instruction at U of T for over 25 years, during which time she established a robust culture of professional development and community building across the writing centres at all three campuses. In her honour, this award acknowledges writing centre instructors’ ability to impact students’ sense of personal agency and aims to draw attention in the U of T community to the importance of excellence in writing instruction. Recipients of the award are chosen annually through a nomination and committee selection process.


Nominators for Roz Spafford spoke of her extraordinary devotion to students and colleagues alike: “through her generosity and example, she makes all those who work with her better.” Congratulations, Roz!



How to Pronounce Knife: Virtual Book Discussion with author Souvankham Thammavongsa


>> Thursday, March 4th 2021, 7:00pm EST on Zoom (Register Here)
















Innis College, New College, and the Writing & Rhetoric Program welcome author Souvankham Thammavongsa (BA ’03 New) for a virtual discussion of her 2020 Giller Prize-winning short-story collection How to Pronounce Knife.

Alumnus and author Jack Wang (BSc ’94 Innis) will moderate the discussion.


Online registration is required at this link.

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)