Why Write?

A Guide for Students in Canada

by Sara Humphreys (Ed.)Erin Kelly (Ed.)
Contributors: Nancy AmiNatalie BoldtShailoo BediJemma LlewellynMonica Conners

Why Write? is the result of collaborative work from members of the Academic and Technical Writing Program, the Centre for Academic Communication, the Libraries at University of Victoria. The goal for the textbook is to provide a thoroughly Canadian resource for Academic Writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The approach we take in this interactive resource is that academic writing is fundamental to understanding how language operates as a means to understand ourselves, our worlds and each other. Academic writing is the conduit through which we solve problems, test ideas, and make change.


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    Copyright © 2020 Nancy Ami, Natalie Boldt, Sara Humphreys, Erin Kelly, and Shailoo Bedi.
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