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.



Writing and Rhetoric Summer 2021 Course Offerings:


  • INI211H1F Introduction to Creative Writing (Instructor: Roz Spafford)



  • *NEW* INI308H1F Selected Topics in Writing and Rhetoric: Writing Literary Journalism (Instructor: Simon Lewsen)


  • INI409H1S Special Topics in Writing and Rhetoric: Writing Through Revision (Instructor: Rebecca Vogan)


>> Click here to read more about Writing & Rhetoric 2021 Summer 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.

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

>   Get Involved

>   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)