Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What will I get out of a WRIT unit?
Undergraduate WRIT units provide foundational knowledge, which will assist you in all disciplines of your academic studies and throughout your writing career. Through teaching the theories behind effective academic writing as well as the practice, we assist you in developing your own abilities and constructing consistently strong, clear arguments in essays and exam situations.

I am not a first-year student. Is the Writing Hub for me?
Yes. Feel free to contact a Writing Hub staff member about how a WRIT unit can be included in your degree. In addition, drop-in sessions are available for all undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and students enrolled in a WRIT unit. The benefits of collaborative learning and reflecting on your writing are just as pertinent for those undertaking Senior units as for those starting out in their university studies.

I am not studying within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Can I still take a WRIT Unit of Study?
Yes. WRIT units function like any other Arts and Social Sciences unit of study, which means they contribute the standard 6 credit points towards your degree as elective subjects.

Is the Writing Hub remedial?
Our programs improve the abilities of all writers, from beginners to the more advanced. We teach writing as a process of thought, not a product. This approach gives students at all levels the tools they need to improve their grades and reach their potential.

Is the Writing Hub for students learning English as a second language?
Not exclusively, but our units of study are accessible to writers from all language backgrounds. Students can also receive help with formulating ideas, arguments and drafts at our drop-in sessions during main semesters.

Do you teach creative writing?
No. We teach writing across a wide range of fields, but with a focus on academic and professional writing.

What is rhetoric?
The Greek philosopher Aristotle devised a theory of rhetoric as the art of persuasion, primarily through verbal communication. However, over time rhetoric has come to be seen as ‘empty’ discourse, which prioritises form over content. The New Rhetoric seeks to overcome the often-negative connotations that have come to be associated with this term, through redefining rhetoric as the art of inventing and composing sound arguments across all communication platforms. Aristotle’s five canons of rhetoric – invention, arrangement, style, memory and delivery – are reinstated in a holistic approach where style is seen as a medium for expression, rather than concealment or deceit. In the modern information age, it is more important than ever to be able to develop sound, persuasive arguments across a range of print and digital media in order to gain a platform for expression.