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English - Writing

How can writing serve the truth and the reader in a complex world?

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Reading the works of accomplished writers, whether Christian or non-Christian; whether from the past or from the present, provides an important perspective of the world we live in. Redeemer's English - Writing program equips students to articulate their unique perspectives and worldview and to write clearly and persuasively through a wide range of writing genres. Through a maturing of comprehension and communication skills, learn to critique the work of others, as well as your own, to help give a strong voice to your ideas and stories and to use your passion for writing to make a difference in the world.

English - Writing is a Bachelor of Arts degree within the English Department. It is offered as an honours major, a major, and as a minor.

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Right from the start, small seminar-style classes provide you with a broad overview of different writing styles, where students participate in group discussions, peer review classmates' work, and critically analyze different writing styles with the support of faculty who are accomplished and published authors themselves.

First-year courses dig into different ways of reading and ways of writing through close readings of text and by critically analyzing texts through writing. Honing these foundational skills prepares students for future courses that focus on different writing styles and genres, practicing grammatical correctness, critique, and the use of imagination.

English - Writing The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Writers are more persuasive when they understand the dominant philosophical concepts in culture.
  • Speakers can communicate with poignancy when they understand the psyche of their audience.
  • Editors can give a more substantive critique of writing when they are broadly educated.

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In the Classroom

Courses focus on a wide range of writing styles that through practice and exploration of the craft, give students the experience to express themselves fluently and literately in written English through courses like Expository Writing I. Workshop format classes like Writing Fiction and Journalistic Writing I: Reporting and Newswriting provide opportunities to develop imaginative writing skills and productive writing habits.

Beyond Campus

Students can take a semester abroad at Oxford University in England with the opportunity to visit theatrical productions, museums, and historical sites that provide an excellent context for material covered in classes. Anna Bailey '21 sought adventure and credits the Oxford Programme for refining her academic skills and interests.

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After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s english - writing program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Angela Reistma Bick '01

is the editor of the Christian Courier newspaper where she both uses her gift for story-telling, and inspires it in others.

Brent van Staalduinen '01

is an award-winning writer and author of several novels and short stories.

Alumni have gone on to careers as...

  • Advertising
  • Copy writers
  • Journalists
  • Managing editors
  • Policy writers
  • Proofreaders
  • Reporters
  • Technical writers
  • Teachers

Alumni have done further studies to earn...

  • B.Ed.
  • MA in English Literature
  • MA in Journalism
  • MFA in Creative Writing
  • MFA in Script and Screenwriting
  • MLIS in Library Science

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English - Writing Stories

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New Plays & Perspectives at Oxford

Despite her time being cut short due to COVID-19, fourth-year student Anna Bailey still experienced tremendous personal, academic and spiritual growth while studying...

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From The Handmaid's Tale to Shakespeare's tragedies, Dr. Ben Faber considers the value of teaching literature.

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Poetry and Ecology

Redeemer's Dr. Deborah Bowen explores in her public work and research how poetry can uniquely inspire us to care for the environment.

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Christians in the Newsroom

This summer, Redeemer student Anna Bailey '21 attended The World Journalism Institute at Dordt College to learn storytelling and technical skills for the newsroom.

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Celebrating Canada’s Faith Communities Through Writing

Doug Sikkema ‘06 and Dr. Deborah Bowen spearhead the Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing

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Connecting with Hamilton’s literary scene

Student Elise Arsenault and alumnus Brent van Staalduinen take part in the 2016 Short Works Prize

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