Special year-long ATWP AWR writing course offered again (2023-2024)

After its success last year, in Fall 2023 the Academic and Technical Writing Program (ATWP) will continue to offer a year-long “stretch” writing course (for a total of 3.0 units) by linking a Fall 2023 section of ATWP 101, Fundamentals of Academic Literacy, to a reduced-cap Winter 2024 section of ATWP 135, Academic Reading and Writing.

In this video, the instructor introduces the ATWP 101 135 stretch course and its benefits.

There will be two sections of the course this year, both tought  by the same instructor, Andrew Murray. Both the ATWP 101 and the ATWP135 sections are scheduled to meet on the same days and at the same times (TWF 9:30 - 10:20 or TWF 11:30 - 12:20) from September 2023 through April 2024. Both classes will be capped at only 27 students. Students who complete the year successfully will meet UVic’s  Academic Writing Requirement.

This student-centred learning opportunity is designed to meet the needs of students who have one or more than one of the following characteristics:
  • Anyone who enters UVic unsure about their academic writing skills;
  • Anyone whose high school marks in grade 11 or 12 English courses were 75 or lower;
  • Anyone who is the first member of their family to pursue a university degree;
  • Indigenous students;
  • International students whose first language is not English;
  • Mature students who have been out of the education system for some time.
This “stretch” course experience will allow the instructor and those enrolled to create a distinct, supportive learning community that interconnects the learning outcomes of two academic writing courses. In the fall term, students will begin with the shorter, simpler assignments and readings typical of ATWP 101 and then systematically build skills until they are confident about undertaking the more difficult and multifaceted tasks of ATWP 135. This course was run as a pilot taught by the same instructor in 2022-2023 and recieved very positive student reviews and comments.


Please note that registering for this course requires ATWP approval available through atwpadmin@uvic.ca

Is This Course Right for Me?

These additional materials will help you make an informed decision:

  • Complete this short quiz to further inform your choice. If you find yourself choosing answer 4 or 5 frequently, ATWP 101-135 stretch might be a good option for you; if you find yourself choosing answer 1 or 2 frequently, you are ready for a typical one semester Academic Writing Requirement course. (If a question does not apply to you, choose option 3.)

  • Watch the above video, the instructor introduces the course and its benefits.

  • In this video, the instructor explains a typical middle of term ATWP 101 assignment, the Argumentative Paragraph.

  • In this video, the instructor explains a typical middle of term ATWP 135 assignment, the Annotated Bibliography and Reflection.

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Murray, Course Instructor:

Marjan Yaghoubi, Program Administrator: