Basic Essay Writing


Course Description

This course is designed as an essay writing workshop. The backbone of the course will be a series of compact take-home writing assignments—approximately one per class meeting. We will read, critique, and rewrite our own and each other’s works with an eye toward clarifying both the sense and the style of our writing. We will undertake, in short, a continual and intensive flow of reading, writing, critiquing, and rewriting.

Students will practise important essay writing skills, including brainstorming ideas, forming a thesis statement, creating an essay outline, structuring a paragraph, crafting an engaging introduction and a satisfying conclusion, respecting basic rules of style, crediting sources and avoiding plagiarism, and giving and receiving constructive feedback.

This course will introduce a broad spectrum of essay writing styles and purposes, including, with some overlap, narrative or expressive essays, expository or informative essays, and persuasive essays.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Tuesday, January 8th 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Tuesdays, 6:15 PM - 8:15 PM

Instructor: Greg Santos

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Reading and Administration Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


NOTE: Reading Fees are included in the total price of the course.

Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, an administrative fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.

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