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The Writing Hub, situated in the School of Letters, Art and Media (SLAM), offers units of study in writing and rhetoric.

Program structure and content

Essays, exams, reports, speeches, bibliographies and reviews are everyday writing tasks for university students. The Writing Hub’s units of study enable students to develop a robust and effective writing process for their academic needs. After exploring ancient and contemporary theories of rhetoric and argumentation, our students are able to adapt their writing to different academic and professional tasks.

All WRIT units of study include a blend of online and face-to-face activities. For example, in WRIT1000, students might discuss online video clips of international sportspeople to learn more about how people from different cultures construct a sentence or paragraph. In WRIT1001 students might link up online with peers at other universities to discover how advertising relates to academic argumentation. In our senior-level units, students might study famous orators and conduct research to create their own effective speech or argument.

As employers increasingly seek people who can write across a range of genres and transition from one context to another, our units help students to develop writing processes for all situations.

Please note that there is no major available, but WRIT units of study count as electives in most degree programs

The units of study available in Writing can be found in the unit of study table under Writing.

There are three junior units of study in Writing:

  • WRIT1000: Writing Style and Method
  • WRIT1001: Writing and Rhetoric: Academic Essays
  • WRIT1002: Writing and Rhetoric 2: Argumentation

And two senior units of study in Writing:

  • WRIT2000: Contemporary Rhetoric
  • WRIT2002: Advanced Writing and Research

Students wishing to enrol in WRIT2000 and WRIT2002 will need to have completed 12 credit points from any subject area.

Contact/further information

Department website:

Director: Dr Frances Di Lauro

Phone: +61 2 9351 5134