The Writer's Toolbox: Strategies & Techniques for Improved Structure & Style


Course Description

All Autumn 2020 courses will take place on Zoom. Readings will be available online and by in-person retrieval.

This course was formerly titled "Writing Effectiveness."

Imagine if writing well were easier and more pleasurable. How much more fruitful and fun would your academic or professional life be if you could write more effectively?

The backbone of this course will be a series of writing assignments—approximately one per class meeting—which will help improve the mechanics, structure, and style of your own writing. We will also spend time developing executive strategies for planning your work, making the most of feedback, summarizing complex ideas, and citing the work of others. We will focus mainly on the essay genre but will also use other genres such as flash-fiction, poetry, and memos as writing prompts.

Books to Purchase

    • Judith C. Hochman and Natalie Wexler, The Writing Revolution
    • William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, The Elements of Style
    • William Zinsser, On Writing Well

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 12 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.

Course Details

First Session: Tuesday 22 September 2020

Course Length: 10 weeks, Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Greg Santos

Degree Credit: Yes

Course Fee: 

$140.00 (standard tuition)
$95.00 (promotion for new students)

Administration Fee:



$175.00 (standard tuition)
$130.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Degree students, course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers should not register online. 

Degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses at

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers from cancelled Spring 2020 courses, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

If you are a RETURNING student

If you are NEW to TMI