Site Search
English Language, Literature and Creative Writing

English Writing Resources

Special Topics and New Courses in English

English offers Special Topics courses in almost all nine undergraduate programs. A Special Topics course is one whose topic changes term to term depending on faculty and student interests.

Fall 2017

Special Topics courses

01-26-304 Creative Writing Workhop II 

Special Topic: Poetry

                         Ear. Eye. Letter. Syllable. Line break. Sentence.

                        Page. Idiom. Procedure. Style.

                        Game. Repetition. Found. Device.

                        Type. World. Moment.

This course offers an intensive – and extensive – introduction to ways of writing and talking about poetry. Through ongoing constructive feedback and guidance, students initiate and complete their own poetry-writing projects. Students also participate in peer discussion and writing exercises intended to broaden understanding of techniques, methods, and styles. Foci may include the terms listed above (for example, a focus on the Ear, or in other words a focus on the sound words make in a poem). Students gain desirable (and transposable) skills in written and oral editorial response, in habits of close and distant, careful, detailed, nuanced reading, and in rhetorical give-and-take in a group setting. Weekly seminar time will include the primary course objective of discussing and improving student writing, and also the secondary objective of discussing the practice and theory of writing through examples drawn from a range of contemporary poets. 


Topics in Canadian Literature (26-361-Fall 2017)

Canadian Poetry and Social Change Since 1957

This course will focus on recent moments in the history of English-language Canadian poetry when formal innovations in the art of writing intersected with socially progressive change and cultural critique.

The course will introduce students to a range of poetry community formations and to the print culture that supported them; it will do so in part by surveying a wide array of poets, poetry and poetry movements including “language-centred” poetry, breath-based poetry, socially-inflected poetry, sound poetry, concrete poetry, and such aesthetic and social tendencies as the TISH poets, the Kootenay School of Writing, and the Toronto Research Group. The course will also cover some of the social theory that informs their experiments. Poets may include Robin Blaser, Jeff Derksen, bpNichol, Daphne Marlatt, Marie Annharte Baker, Roy Kiyooka, Lisa Robertson, Fred Wah, among many others.