PART-TIME | WINKLER CAMPUS WRIDP-NA Writing Development

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Overview

  • Courses are available by classroom delivery, some courses available by distance delivery

Develop your writing talent or expand your expertise in written communications. Learn and practice your writing skills with our highly trained instructors. Broaden your horizons by studying writing-related topics ranging from proposal and report writing to children’s books, newsletters, and creative writing.

Program Outline

  • Basic Business Communications - C
  • Basic Writing for Creative Communications - C
  • Business Communication 1 - C/D   
  • Creative Writing - C
  • Editing Plain Language - C/D 
  • Introduction to Freelance Writing - C
  • Manual Writing and Design - C/D
  • Online Documentation - C
  • Preliminary Writing Strategies - C
  • Preparing Newsletters - D 
  • Proposal Writing - C/D
  • Report Writing - C/D  
  • Small Business Plans - C
  • Technical Communication 1 - C/D  
  • Writing Children's Books - C

 

Legend:

  • C/D - Classroom or Distance Delivery
  • C - Classroom Delivery
  • D - Distance Delivery

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
BUSA-1166Small Business Plans
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A practical opportunity for you to realistically develop a detailed program or plan for a small business of your own. Increase your understanding of what it takes to succeed in an entrepreneurial career and create a comprehensive business plan for your new venture concept. The venture can be a completely new business idea, the development of a franchise, the purchase of an existing business, the succession of a family business or expansion of an existing business. The final business plan is developed, designed, written and printed entirely by the participant.

COMM-1000Business Communication 1RPL
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This course will guide students through the techniques and processes involved in writing, speaking, and listening effectively for business. Students will be taught skills for networking, meetings, and working in teams. Students will apply a direct approach to create professional emails and letters. Students will learn strategies for competent information report writing. Students will be taught how to create and deliver a memorable oral presentation. The proper use of business writing rules, grammar, and etiquette will be emphasized throughout the course.

COMM-1016Report Writing
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In this course, you will focus on writing clear and effective business communication. Using a variety of report formats, you will learn the basic steps of report writing, including planning your approach, organizing information, writing the first draft, revising for clarity, and documenting sources. You also learn how to use supplementary visual aids to enhance your written report.

COMM-1020Editing Plain Language
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Review and use the rules of grammar, levels of edit and plain English to edit your own writing and the writing of others for content, tone, organization, mechanics and format, especially as these topics apply to technical communication. Covers punctuation, spelling, editing techniques, editor's symbols, online editing and plain English.

COMM-1021Proposal Writing
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Understand the proposal writing process. Discover the requirements for responding to a formal request for proposal. Explore the different types of proposals that organizations submit to obtain business or funding. Understand the value of persuasive writing, audience analysis and documentation standards.

COMM-1023Basic Business CommunicationsRPL
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Develop the basic principles of business writing and discuss topics such as: standard business formats, the ability to write clear, readable letters and memos.  It also reviews correct grammar and usage and how to improve effectiveness as a speaker.

COMM-1096Online Documentation
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Whether you are moving into web development, starting to develop online help, thinking about multimedia publishing, or just want to distribute information electronically, this course will provide you with the foundations for online information design and development.

Prerequisites:
COMM-1132Introduction to Freelance Writing
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Introduction to Freelance Writing is designed to provide you with the skills to get started in the freelance writing business, whether in magazines, newspapers or creative writing. You will analyze publications and complete a number of writing exercises to develop your skills and learn how to break into the industry

COMM-1135Basic Writing for Creative Communications
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You will develop your ability to write with clarity and creativity for a variety of forms and audiences. Clear and engaging communication is impossible without a solid understanding of how writing works – and a great deal of practice at it. This course covers the fundamentals of correct and clear writing, techniques for crafting stories and arguments, and the research and writing processes. You should expect to do a substantial volume of reading and writing in the course.

COMM-1138Manual Writing and Design
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Create and design a manual with an emphasis on readability, accessibility and usability. Learn the importance of writing user manuals and discover how a well-written manual can be an asset to companies and to consumers.

COMM-1140Writing Children's Books
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If you are thinking about publishing or just writing books for your own children, think about this course. You will explore the creative process, learn the basics of writing for children and teens, complete the first draft of a picture book or a novel chapter, and study the implications illustrations have on writing text for picture books. The publishing process will be covered. (Course applies to writing for children from ages 3 and up.)

COMM-1229Scriptwriting
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Learn to write a short video script and prepare it for production. To allow learners time to draft a longform script, the course will be presented in two sections. By the end of the course, learners will be able to write for different mediums; develop characters and change as part of a story; write for documentaries and docu-dramas, and differentiate between entertainment and news writing; develop and adapt elements of good screenplay; examine the tools of the trade for screenwriters; exchange and develop longform screenplays; and script and scene screenplays.

COMM-1243Technical Communication 1
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Learn the principles of technical communication. Develop your skills to research, design and organize documents. Practice your skills using plain language techniques to produce clear, effective writing. Ideal for anyone who writes for business, government or industry.

COMM-9123Creative Writing
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Unearth the creativity within you in this introductory course in creative writing. Explore techniques in writing fiction, creative non-fiction, journalism and memoir. Learn to refine your prose, edit your work for style and clarity and develop written communication skills applicable to work or personal expression.

COMM-9193Preliminary Writing Strategies
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You will be provided with a solid foundation in the fundamental skills of writing. English grammar, punctuation and proper sentence structure will be reviewed, although medical writing will be the focus.

SEMR-9206Preparing Newsletters
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Learn the purpose of newsletters, preparation methods, content guidelines, deadline issues, various page layouts, paper selection, and reproduction or printing considerations.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.


Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Awards and Scholarships

A complete list of awards, bursaries, and scholarships can be found at catalogue.rrc.ca/AvailableAwards

Entrance Awards

UFCW Local 832 Annual Scholarship Award
Specific Application
Scholarships are available for those who are UFCW members employed by companies that contribute to the Education and Training Trust Fund. Students enrolling in both full-time and part-time studies are eligible. Application deadline is June 1. For further information, contact the UFCW Training Centre.

General Awards

Louis Riel Bursary
Through funding provided by the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) and matched by the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative (MSBI), bursaries, valued a minimum of $1000, are available to eligible Metis students attending a certificate, diploma or degree program (excluding Apprenticeship and upgrading programs) at Red River College Polytechnic, who are maintaining satisfactory academic progress in their program.  There are two applications that must be submitted:  1. the Louis Riel Bursary online application is available from Louis Riel Institute; 2. the General RRC Polytech Application for Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships (link above) should be completed and submitted online. Only applicants who have submitted both applications by the application date will be eligible for consideration. Selection will be based on financial need (those receiving other funding, including MMF funding are still eligible to apply).  Applications will be accepted from August 1st to September 15th each year.  Applicants must be attending their program at the time of the application deadline.  Please note the name of the award to enter on the application.

Richard (Asher) Webb Social Justice Activist Memorial Award

This is an $1000 award given annually to a student who demonstrates exceptional effort and/or the ability to lead, organize and engage students or members of the community in embodying the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism and social justice.

The successful recipient will be a community activist, advocate or leader who has worked for systemic changes at various levels and with various social identities in mind. Their advocacy may involve (but is not limited to): human rights, LGBTT* issues, anti-racism, anti-poverty, public health, non-violence, community-building and student engagement, or encouraging others on issues of social justice that impact the lives of students and the broader community.

Applications will be evaluated by the Selection Committee, based on the following criteria:
• Making a significant contribution to equity, inclusion and social justice through community engagement, either in specific positions of responsibility or while involved in organizing activities. (Requirements: Student statement and at least one reference letter)
• Engaging and inspiring other students or members of the community to advocate on social justice issues that impact the lives of students or the general community.
• Financial need may also be considered. Applicants may choose to complete the financial section of the application, and/or include information.
All full-time and part-time Red River College students are welcome to apply. The general application form must be accompanied by a student statement and required letter(s) of reference in order to be considered. The deadline for applications is March 1st.  Completed application forms should be submitted by email to financialaid@rrc.ca .

RRC Polytech Students' Association Chad Hildebrand Memorial Award
Chad, a BA student, was a member of the Student Advisory Board (SAB) during the 1998-99 school year. He died in March of 2000 as a result of a hockey accident. The 1999-2000 SAB agreed to dedicate the Students’ Association Scholarship fund’s first award in Chad’s memory.  One $1,000 award shall be presented to a Red River College Polytechnic student, who is a current Student Association Board member, exhibits leadership qualities and is actively involved in the college and/or community. Applicants must submit a one-page statement describing their involvement in the college and/ or community.  The application deadline is February 15th.  Please note the name of the award to enter on the application form and have additional required documents ready to upload. 

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization Every Child Matters Scholarship

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization Every Child Matters Scholarship was created in honour of the children who attended residential schools and those who never made it home. Southern Chiefs’ Organization recognizes that all First Nation people, families, and communities have been impacted by the residential schools. The $1500 scholarship is intended to support Survivors and their descendants, as well as descendants of the families of the children who died.  The scholarship is to be awarded on the basis of academic merit to a status citizen of one of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization member First Nations (Berens River, Birdtail Sioux, Black River, Bloodvein, Brokenhead, Buffalo, Canupawakpa, Dakota, Dakota Tipi, Dauphin River, Ebb and Flow, Gambler, Hollow Water, Keeseekoowenin, Kinonjeoshtegon, Lake Manitoba, Lake St. Martin, Little Grand Rapids, Little Saskatchewan, Long Plain, O-Ch-Chak-Koo-Sipi, Pauingassi, Point Pegui, Pinaymootang, Plains Pine Creek, Poplar River, Rolling River, Roseau River, Sagkeeng, Sandy Bay, Skownan, Swan Lake, Tootinaowaziibeeng, or Waywayseecappo), who is a full- or part-time continuing student at the Red River College Polytechnic, who has successfully completed at least 12 credit hours, and who has made contributions to their school community or their community at large.  Applicants must submit a letter describing their school or community involvement.  The contact information of the chosen recipient shall be disclosed to the donor each year. Southern Chiefs' Organization Inc. observes an annual commemoration of all successful applicants. By submitting an application for the scholarship, the recipient of the Scholarship consents to be contacted through electronic mail or telephone for a brief interview with a member of Southern Chiefs’ Organization.  In the unlikely event of a mitigating circumstance, such as a protection order or equivalent, anonymity will be granted to the recipient of the Scholarship.  Application deadline is February 26, 2024.  Please note the name of the award to enter on the application form and have additional required documents ready to upload.

Indigenous Student Awards

Louis Riel Bursary
Through funding provided by the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) and matched by the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative (MSBI), bursaries, valued a minimum of $1000, are available to eligible Metis students attending a certificate, diploma or degree program (excluding Apprenticeship and upgrading programs) at Red River College Polytechnic, who are maintaining satisfactory academic progress in their program.  There are two applications that must be submitted:  1. the Louis Riel Bursary online application is available from Louis Riel Institute; 2. the General RRC Polytech Application for Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships (link above) should be completed and submitted online. Only applicants who have submitted both applications by the application date will be eligible for consideration. Selection will be based on financial need (those receiving other funding, including MMF funding are still eligible to apply).  Applications will be accepted from August 1st to September 15th each year.  Applicants must be attending their program at the time of the application deadline.  Please note the name of the award to enter on the application.

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization Every Child Matters Scholarship

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization Every Child Matters Scholarship was created in honour of the children who attended residential schools and those who never made it home. Southern Chiefs’ Organization recognizes that all First Nation people, families, and communities have been impacted by the residential schools. The $1500 scholarship is intended to support Survivors and their descendants, as well as descendants of the families of the children who died.  The scholarship is to be awarded on the basis of academic merit to a status citizen of one of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization member First Nations (Berens River, Birdtail Sioux, Black River, Bloodvein, Brokenhead, Buffalo, Canupawakpa, Dakota, Dakota Tipi, Dauphin River, Ebb and Flow, Gambler, Hollow Water, Keeseekoowenin, Kinonjeoshtegon, Lake Manitoba, Lake St. Martin, Little Grand Rapids, Little Saskatchewan, Long Plain, O-Ch-Chak-Koo-Sipi, Pauingassi, Point Pegui, Pinaymootang, Plains Pine Creek, Poplar River, Rolling River, Roseau River, Sagkeeng, Sandy Bay, Skownan, Swan Lake, Tootinaowaziibeeng, or Waywayseecappo), who is a full- or part-time continuing student at the Red River College Polytechnic, who has successfully completed at least 12 credit hours, and who has made contributions to their school community or their community at large.  Applicants must submit a letter describing their school or community involvement.  The contact information of the chosen recipient shall be disclosed to the donor each year. Southern Chiefs' Organization Inc. observes an annual commemoration of all successful applicants. By submitting an application for the scholarship, the recipient of the Scholarship consents to be contacted through electronic mail or telephone for a brief interview with a member of Southern Chiefs’ Organization.  In the unlikely event of a mitigating circumstance, such as a protection order or equivalent, anonymity will be granted to the recipient of the Scholarship.  Application deadline is February 26, 2024.  Please note the name of the award to enter on the application form and have additional required documents ready to upload.

Continuing Education

Gervin Alexander Dobbin Memorial Award
A $1000 award has been established to honour the memory of former Red River College Evening Program Supervisor, Gervin Alexander Dobbin. The award is available annually and is presented during the fall term to a part-time evening/Saturday program student who is a single parent with a financial need and who is currently registered in a Continuing Education program at RRC Polytech.  Application deadline is October 1st.  Please note the name of the award to enter on the application. 
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