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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. It is offered as an honours major, as 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 get 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. The Uganda Studies Program provides students with a unique opportunity to travel and do reflective, analytical, practical writing based on their experiences.

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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.

Find out where a degree in English Writing takes you!
Redeemer’s English Writing Program provides you with the knowledge and relevant skills to set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
Roles open to me
with this degree:
  • Author
  • Communications officer
  • Journalist
  • Managing editor
  • Narrator
  • Online content creator
  • Proofreader
  • Reporter
  • Researcher
  • Writer
With continuing
education I can be:
  • Biographer
  • Critic
  • Curator
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Professor
  • Public speaking consultant
  • Publicist
  • Speech writer
  • Teacher
Related jobs in other fields:
  • Actor
  • Alumni relations officer
  • Copywriter
  • Fundraiser
  • Human resource specialist
  • Market researcher
  • Public relations officer
  • Social media manager
  • Special events coordinator
Technical skills:
  • Analyzing written material to extract salient points
  • Editing and providing feedback
  • Identifying patterns in written material
  • Knowledge of genres, authors, periods and critical approaches
  • Knowledge of the structure and function of language
Transferable skills:
  • Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
  • Conducting and explaining research results
  • Creative writing
  • Critical observation and decision making
  • Exposure to different cultural environments
  • Influencing and persuading
  • Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding
  • Presenting alternative viewpoints
  • Problem solving
  • Proficiency in reading, writing and speaking
Discover current trends, wages and job in Canada for the English field.
Explore your career ideas. Find out what Redeemer alumni have done with their degree.
Professional Organizations:
Connect with these organizations to learn more about your career.
  • Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English
  • Association of Canadian Publishers
  • Canadian Association of Journalists
  • Canadian Authors Association
  • Canadian Media Producers Association
  • Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF)
  • Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC)
  • The Writers’ Union of Canada
  • The Word Guild
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English Writing
Redeemer’s English Writing Program provides you with the knowledge and relevant skills to set you on the path to a fulfilling career.
Alumni can go on
to careers as...
  • Advertising
  • Copy writers
  • Journalists
  • Managing editors
  • Policy writers
  • Proofreaders
  • Reporters
  • Technical writers
  • Teachers
Alumni can do 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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