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Creative Writing

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Have you longed to explore your creative potential?

Embrace the unknown and start your journey here. As part of one of the largest Creative Writing programs in Canada, you can learn the essentials of excellent writing and put them into practice. Whether you aspire to write a novel or short story, explore poetry, pen a script or screenplay, or explore other writing styles, we have the courses you need to improve your skills.

Class sizes and writers workshops are kept small to ensure you receive the individual attention you need to help your writing thrive, whether you take your class in-class or online. 

Courses in the genres listed below can be applied to the Certificate in Creative Writing

  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Escritura Creativa en Español
  • Literary Fiction
  • Multi-genre
  • Poetry and Songwriting
  • Popular Fiction
  • Stage and Screenwriting
  • U of T Summer Writing School
  • Writing for Children

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The Writer's Studio: Creative Writing Certificate

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Every writer needs the right tools, techniques and support to develop their work. The Writer’s Studio part-time creative writing program is designed for writers who are ready to immerse themselves in a manuscript. You’ll join a supportive community as you master your craft and establish a sustainable writing practice.

Format:  Part-time Completion time:  10 months Locations:  Vancouver, online

Why this program?

Striking a balance between a formal, full-time MFA (master of fine arts) and individual writing courses, the Writer’s Studio offers training in the theory, craft and business of writing. As you work towards your Creative Writing Certificate from SFU, you’ll benefit from:

  • One-on-one mentorship from experienced, published authors
  • Small workshop groups focused on specific genres
  • A high ratio of instructional hours per tuition dollar
  • Support in completing your manuscript
  • Practice in giving public readings
  • SFU alumnus status and benefits upon program completion

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Jan-dec 2024 mentors.

Learn under the guidance of accomplished authors in a range of genres. View previous mentors .

Leanne Dunic

Leanne Dunic

Fiction and Hybrid Forms

Emily Stringer

Emily Stringer

Program Facilitator

JJ Lee

Non-Fiction

Carrie Mac

Speculative/YA Fiction

Rob Taylor

Program details

Vancouver or online

Program completion

10 months To graduate, pass all courses and submit a final portfolio.

Program dates

  • Jan–Dec 2023 online
  • Sep 2023–Jun 2024 online
  • Jan–Dec 2024 Vancouver/online

Learning methods

  • Mentor-led group workshops
  • Courses (see list below)
  • One-on-one mentor consultations
  • Mentor readings and talks
  • Guest author panels
  • Practice in delivering public readings
  • Weekly course modules (about 3 hours of course work)
  • 2 workshops/month (2.5 hours each)
  • 3 mentor meetings (1 hour each)
  • Other weekly sessions (3 hours each)

View Sep 2023 program schedule View Jan 2024 program schedule

Required courses:

  • Workshops   (TWS301–TWS306)
  • The Practice of Writing   (TWS520)
  • The Craft of Writing   (TWS530)
  • The Business of Writing   (TWS540)

Learning materials

Required textbook:

Chesham, A. and Farina, L. (Eds.)  Resonance: Essays on the Craft and Life of Writing . Anvil Press, 2022. ISBN 978-1-77214-184-9. Available from the publisher or your local bookstore. 

$5,500 $75 program application fee

Scholarships

  • Writing Mom Scholarship: $1,000 Open to mothers with children under 18 (scholarship is trans-inclusive)
  • Emerging Writer Scholarship: $1,000 Open to all applicants

To be considered, add a second page to your program application letter that explains how the scholarship would help you.

Application info

Applications accepted twice a year:

  • May 1–Jun 30 (for Sep start)
  • Sep 1–Oct 31 (for Jan start)

Application details

Want to get published?

Get featured in our anthology.

As a Writer’s Studio student, you’ll see your work published in our annual anthology, emerge , which is launched each year at the Vancouver Writers Festival .

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JOIN SUCCESSFUL ALUMNI

Graduates of the Writer’s Studio have gone on to publish their work and earn recognition in regional and national awards and competitions.

Meet our alumni

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Honours bachelor of creative writing and publishing.

Hazel McCallion Campus

( Mississauga )

Admission Requirements

  • Fees & Financial Aid

Learning Outcomes

  • Writer-in-Residence

There's more to the world of writing than you think.

Program overview, prepare for a career in both writing and publishing.

In this unique program, you'll gain experience in a variety of writing genres and media platforms — and be ready for a career in today's publishing industry. You'll graduate with a broad skill set that gives you the opportunity to choose a variety of career paths.

Focus on your interests

This flexible program allows you to focus on your interests and career goals. In addition to core courses in creative writing, publishing and literary studies, your program electives let you tailor your education in these three disciplines. You'll have the opportunity to take courses from Sheridan's arts and business degrees and collaborate with students in other programs.

Connect with communities

Relationships with audiences, writers and the publishing community are integral parts of being an author. In this program, you're encouraged to develop these relationships through internships, connecting with literary communities, editing and publishing literary journals, writing reviews and more. You'll have the chance to make an impact in your community of practice — and community at large.

Learn from expert faculty

With experience in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama and new media, our faculty have collectively written and edited in nearly every genre. Their work includes historical novels, creative non-fiction and criticism, sci-fi, comedy, children's lit and beyond. You'll benefit from their expertise — and gain a solid foundation for your writing or publishing career.

Our faculty are successful industry professionals who have, to date:

  • Authored 17 books, with more in progress
  • Authored more than 220 shorter works, published in national and international journals, literary magazines and anthologies
  • Authored 56 journalistic articles and counting
  • Edited 123 books, with more in progress
  • Been shortlisted for 35 writing awards
  • Won four awards for writing and 13 awards for editing
  • Had seven plays produced

Be a part of Sheridan's emerging literary culture

As a student in this program, you'll be part of Sheridan's emerging literary culture. Events like Sheridan Reads bring together students, faculty and staff, community groups, libraries and public service organizations to discuss and celebrate the works of local and international writers (most recently Lawrence Hill and Thomas King).

Other initiatives such as the 905 Road Show: Creativity Cabaret, using the power of narrative to forge connections between individuals and communities, have also helped bring creative writers to Sheridan — and foster a culture of literary appreciation on campus.

Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a seven-year term starting October 18, 2022 and subject to renewal thereafter. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario Colleges. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing and Publishing program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Credentials earned during the period of consent remain valid, even if Ministry consent to offer the program is withdrawn in the future. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g. acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

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Program Summary

Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

Spring Open House events

Saturday, March 23, 2024 Brampton and Mississauga

Sunday, March 24, 2024 Oakville

Come get a feel for your future.

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

Total credits: 15

And one of the following courses:

Plus one of the following:

And one of the following:

Internship/Placement

Program Electives may include courses such as:*

  • Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Drama
  • Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Fiction
  • Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Poetry
  • Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Creative Non-Fiction
  • Reviewing Culture
  • Interactive Fiction
  • Emergent Issues in Writing (Managing Literary Celebrity)
  • Emergent Issues in Publishing (The Prize Economy)
  • Writing for Children
  • Principles of Creative Writing Pedagogy

Literature Electives may include courses such as:*

  • Introduction to Popular Literature
  • Understanding Narrative
  • Gender and Sexuality in Literature
  • The Twenty-First Century Novel
  • Children’s Literature: A Primer
  • Adaptation: From Text to Film
  • Life Writing: Personal Narrative and the Construction of Self
  • Censorship and Literature: Critical Approaches
  • American Road Narratives
  • Topics in Eco-Criticism

*Please note that not all courses will be available every semester.

Courses subject to change.

Current students should refer to their ⁠ Academic Requirements in myStudentCentre to track their academic progress and outstanding course requirements.

Find course details for electives:

  • Degree Breadth Elective Courses

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • English, Grade 12 ENG4U, or EWC4U (Writer’s Craft) with a minimum grade of 70%
  • Five other Grade 12 credits at U or M level
  • Minimum 65% overall average
  • Two semesters of postsecondary education, including required courses, with a minimum of 65% overall average.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program may be advised individually regarding other related programs.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements .

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an Entrance Scholarship to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Career Opportunities

Here are some jobs you might find:

  • Copy/Substantive/Acquisitions Editor
  • Marketing/Sales Rep
  • Literary Agent

Degree Completion

Advanced entry challenge exams, get credit for what you know.

Sheridan recognizes and appreciates that advanced learning doesn’t always require standard classroom instruction, and that opportunities to advance skills and learn new technologies are everywhere.

If you have significant knowledge and experience in programming, web development, database and/or networking, you may choose to complete Advanced Entry Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (AEPLAR) Challenge Exams for academic credit towards your Sheridan Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma.

How do Challenge Exams work?

AEPLAR Challenge Exams are administered by and through the Sheridan College Assessment Centre or through an approved Test Centre. There are fees to write each exam (an Assessment Centre fee and a Challenge Exam fee).

Your completed Challenge Exam(s) will be evaluated to determine whether you’re eligible for credit in one or more courses within the identified program streams.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and Advanced Standing credits are subject to Sheridan’s policies and procedures. Learn more about Sheridan’s Credit Transfer policies and procedures .

I have previous postsecondary education. Should I write a Challenge Exam?

No. Challenge Exams are designed for applicants with knowledge and experience gained outside of formal education. If you have previous postsecondary education, we encourage you to apply for Advanced Standing instead — you may be eligible to apply your previously earned credits towards your new program at Sheridan .

What subjects can I complete Challenge Exams for?

Challenge Exams for applicants to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program are designed to test skills in specific knowledge streams within this program:

  • Programming – Introductory
  • Programming – .NET
  • Programming – Advanced Java
  • Web Development
  • Operating Systems
  • Software Design
  • Mobile App Development – Android
  • Mobile App Development – iOS
  • Game Development – UNITY

You can also choose to complete Challenge Exams for specific individual courses within the Computer Systems Technology program.

Complete a free self-assessment test to help you determine whether Challenge Exams are a good option for you.

How do I apply to complete a Challenge Exam?

Step 1: make sure you meet the program admission requirements.

You must meet the program admission requirements to be eligible for admission and PLAR.

Step 2: Complete a free self-assessment

Complete a free self-assessment test for each knowledge stream you wish to challenge. This will help you determine whether your current skills will enable you to succeed in the Challenge Exam(s).

Step 3: Apply to Sheridan's Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma program

Apply to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program .

To be eligible to complete Challenge Exams for this program, you must select "Advanced Entry" as the level of the program on your application.

Step 4: Follow the instructions to complete your Challenge Exam(s)

Once Sheridan receives your application, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to register and pay for your Challenge Exam(s). Follow those instructions.

Once you’ve completed your Challenge Exam(s), subject matter experts in Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology will evaluate them within 10 business days. The Faculty will forward your results to the Office of the Registrar, and any approved credit transfers will be posted in your Credit Transfer centre. Exam feedback will not be provided.

Step 5: Accept your offer of admission and pay your program fees

If you receive an offer of admission to Sheridan, please follow the instructions to confirm your offer and pay your fees by the due dates indicated in order to reserve your spot in the program.

We wish you success in this process and look forward to seeing you at Sheridan!

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2023–2024 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Fees for Canadian students

Fees for international students, financial aid & awards.

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • Scholarships, awards and bursaries
  • Work Study Assistance Program

International Entrance Scholarship

All new international students beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (ESL and programs with tuition reduction excluded) in Spring 2023, Fall 2023 or Winter 2024 semesters in Year 1 (Semester 1) will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000.

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to select applicants in this degree program. A minimum GPA of 75% is required in order to be considered. Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for additional eligibility criteria and more.

  • Produce creative writing in at least three genres and forms drawn from the areas of poetry, fiction, drama, creative non-fiction, children's literature, graphic novels, film and review.
  • Apply specialized knowledge in a specific genre and medium.
  • Evaluate your own work and that of others with a view to providing and receiving peer criticism for the purposes of revision.
  • Interpret texts critically and analytically from a range of literary, cultural and historical traditions and precedents.
  • Compile a professional manuscript ready for publication in select genres.
  • Apply knowledge and skills specific to the (self-)publishing industry, including editing and the editorial process, production, formatting, design, marketing and supply chain management.
  • Model a professional attitude with a willingness to collaborate and to listen and respond to constructive criticism.
  • Implement the appropriate technological, applied and creative problem-solving tools to create and publish your own works.
  • Foster and support a literary community by developing a presence in emergent media and across a variety of platforms.
  • Articulate how socially constructed views and identities contribute to the production of diverse voices in yourself and other writers.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design curriculum and its delivery are designed to address current social issues pertinent to the design industry. This enables students to broaden their understanding of their place within the world.

Fundamental to the vision of the program is the balance of creative and conceptual thinking with the technical and business aspects of the profession. Courses follow a logical sequence with the degree of difficulty building vertically from first year to fourth year.

The various streams provide a range of design problems building in size and scope, from simple to complex in various design sectors. The curriculum builds on fundamental introductions that ensures a strong foundation for students to apply additional more complex learning and skills developed later in the program.

Studio projects are designed to mimic professional practice and require applied theory, creativity and strong technical knowledge. Curriculum is also connected horizontally across each semester to help support the learning in courses happening simultaneously. This demonstrates the inter-connected knowledge and skills required to practice in the industry.

The program provides many opportunities that expose students to practicing professionals and professional practice. Industry leaders and representatives from professional associations like ARIDO and IDC are invited into the classroom as jurors and guest speakers throughout the four years. The internship also provides professional design work experience for students before they enter their final year of study.

The curriculum is student-centric and designed to equip students with the skills that are required for entry-level design positions and advanced study. Manual skills such as drafting, drawing and model making are developed alongside digital skills using current software. Students are also well-versed in the applicable building codes and regulations required to practice in Ontario. Students are exposed to valuable research skills and encouraged to continue their learning past graduation.

Program goals

Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program aspires to:

  • Develop confident, creative and critical thinkers that can solve a variety of problems thoughtfully, improving the quality of the built environment and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  • Equip students with the tools to think independently and ethically to ensure technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision-making.
  • Deliver current and relevant curriculum that incorporates equity, diversity and inclusion. This encourages students to create spaces that foster inclusivity and look at design from various perspectives within diverse communities, involving numerous stakeholders.
  • Inform students regarding the various facets of the profession, engaging them with designers and industry affiliates.
  • Encourage continuous professional and personal growth, instilling a desire to contribute to the profession and society at large. The program encourages students to become active participants in the design community, become members of their local Association, write their NCIDQ exams, give back to the community and become progressive leaders in the profession.
  • Prepare graduates for entry-level design positions, equipped with the required knowledge and skills for employment in the diverse design industry, ensuring they possess the body of knowledge necessary to respond to social and environmental issues, while designing interior spaces that are technically proficient, code-compliant, conceptually strong, sustainable and all-inclusive.
  • Provide enhanced opportunities for students to pursue post-graduate studies, employment, research and/or further their academic studies and/or credentials.

Pathways from Athletic Therapy and Kinesiology

If you've graduated from a health-science degree other than athletic therapy or kinesiology, your application will be assessed on an individual basis.

Get your Osteopathy degree in less time

If you're a graduate of Sheridan's Athletic Therapy or Kinesiology degree program, you may be eligible to start in the second year of this program after completing three bridging courses.

This bridging program will be available in Spring/Summer 2024.

How to apply: Submit an application using the program code PBHSB .

Bridging courses (Spring/Summer Semester)

  • OSTP 17927D: The Science of Osteopathy (3 credits)
  • OSTP 14859: Theoretical Pathways to Osteopathy (5 credits)
  • OSTP 16333: Practical Pathways to Osteopathy (1 credit)

Course exceptions

After successfully completing the assigned bridging courses, you'll be admitted into Year 2 (Semester 3) of our Osteopathy degree. In order to earn your Osteopathy degree, you'll need to complete all courses in the remaining three years of the program , with the following exceptions.

You will additionally take:

  • Year 2: OSTP 11271D: Clinical Methodology (3 credits)
  • Year 2: SCIE 22437D: Human Physiology for Allied Health (2 credits)
  • Year 3: SCIE 31116D: Pathophysiology for Allied Health (3 credits)

You will not need to take:*

  • SCIE 26661D: Pathophysiology 1 (3 credits)
  • OSTP 24645D: Structure & Function 2 – Lower Cervicals, Thorax & Upper Extremity (3 credits)
  • OSTP 22482D: Applied Clinical Practice 2 (1 credit)
  • FLPL 21839D: Internship Prep (1 credit)
  • SCIE 39622D: Pathophysiology 2 – Systemic Interactions (3 credits)
  • RESE 37626D: Statistical Methods in Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • RESE 42279D: Applied Research Methods for Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • BUSM 44956D: Business Entrepreneurship for Clinical Practitioners (3 credits)
  • 6 Degree Breadth Electives (3 credits each)

*Athletic Therapy graduates are also exempt from the following course:

  • OSTP 20782D: Clinical Experience 2 (0.5 credits)

Program Mission

Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

Program Vision

Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.

Critical Performance Statement

Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.

Field Placements

Writer-in-residence program.

Each year, Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing (CW&P) program hosts a Writer-in-Residence. The 8-month residency is awarded to a writer who embodies the distinctiveness and dynamism of the & in our program name.

In addition to working on at least one specific writing project of their own during their tenure, the Writer-in-Residence is responsible for creative leadership, mentoring and public outreach in the area of creative writing and/or publishing.

How our Writer-in-Residence supports Sheridan students

Students in our CW&P program benefit from the work and mentorship of our Writer-in-Residence, who:

  • shares their expertise and experience as a creative professional and working writer;
  • performs public readings from their recently published work and/or current work-in-progress;
  • organizes public lectures and/or workshops; and
  • works with faculty to augment existing curriculum in the area of creative writing, publishing and/or creativity.

2023–24 Writer-in-Residence

Kate Cayley, Sheridan's Writer-in-Residence

Award-winning fiction writer, playwright and poet Kate Cayley is joining Sheridan as the 2023–24 CW&P Writer-in-Residence.

Cayley has published two short story collections and three collections of poetry, and her plays have been performed in Canada, the U.S. and the UK. She has won the Trillium Book Award, an O. Henry Prize and the Mitchell Prize for Poetry, and been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, the ReLit Award for both fiction and poetry, and the K.M. Hunter Award for Fiction.

Her writing has appeared in such literary publications as Brick , Electric Literature , Joyland , Best Canadian Poetry and Best Canadian Stories , and she has been a writer-in-residence at McMaster University and the Toronto Public Library.

"Kate’s diverse work plumbs meaning, strangeness and beauty from the spaces we inhabit, even in our domestic lives, while tackling some of the big philosophical questions we all face," says Dr. Genevieve Amaral, Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Creativity. "Our Sheridan community welcomes her capacious intellect, limpid style and wonderful mentorship with full hearts, open ears, and pens, paper and keyboards at the ready!"

From ideas to impact: a masterclass in applied creativity and innovation

Are you a business lead who's looking to level up your company's culture of creativity and entrepreneurship?

Sheridan offers FREE, one-hour masterclasses on topics such as:

  • Creative Strategies for an EDI-driven World
  • The Science of Creativity and Innovation
  • Intra- and Entrepreneurial Thinking, and
  • Creative Team Leadership

These masterclasses will catalyze your climate of innovation and give your team an exclusive look into Sheridan’s one-of-a-kind graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation.*

Register your team for a FREE online one-hour masterclass!

*Advance further with our Applied Creativity and Innovation graduate certificate

Our new graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation is a great professional development (PD) opportunity for many company teams. The program teaches complex problem-solving, creativity, innovation and negotiation skills — competencies that make companies  more resilient and adaptable as they face the unique challenges presented by the future of work.

Why this program is a great choice for PD:

  • Flexible hours — your employees can complete their graduate certificate online, at their own pace.
  • Relevant coursework – they can choose electives that are most applicable to their position at your company.
  • Award-winning faculty – they’ll learn from instructors who are on the cutting-edge of creativity and innovation research.
  • Practicum project – they’ll work alongside our team of experts to resolve an issue that your business is facing today — whether it’s how to leverage artificial intelligence technology, advance your sustainability efforts, update your marketing strategies, address supply chain inefficiencies or another challenge.

This new graduate certificate is currently accepting applications for Fall 2023.

Apprenticeship Exemption Test

The Apprenticeship Exemption Test (AET) provides a chance for students who are learning a skilled trade to bypass in-class studies.

In most cases, you need to score 70% or higher to pass the AET. If you score lower than 70%, you'll need to wait three months before you can try again (with some exceptions for certain exams).

Apprenticeship Exemption Tests are administered at the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, through Sheridan's Assessment Centre.

Learn more about the AET, including eligibility criteria, available tests and how to register.

Sheridan is a Ministry-approved Apprenticeship Exemption Test centre, authorized through the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training & Skills Development (MLITSD), for both apprentices and non-apprentices.

Program availability

Full-time 4 years Program code: PBCWP

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Creative Writing Courses in Canada

As the name suggests, creative writing is a style where creativity is at the forefront and the imagination and aesthetic of the writer flow with each written word. Highly artistic individuals with an ability to connect to people through their writing, opt for this unique career path that offers a wide range of specializations. Creative writing goes beyond the bounds of academic and technical writing. It is a medium to express your feelings by jotting them down on the pages and complex subtleties of emotions related to them. The wide range of creative writing courses in Canada allows the aspirant to be well-versed with different composing styles and literary devices and reach great heights in the realm of writing.

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Why study creative writing in canada, list of creative writing courses in canada, types of creative writing courses in canada, certificate course, university of calgary, top colleges for creative writing courses in canada, specialisation, eligibility criteria, pre-arrival costs, cost of living (one-year), career scope .

  • Canada is an excellent destination for pursuing creative writing programs as its home to big publishing companies like HarperCollins Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, Dundurn Press, and Scholastic Canada.
  • The federal government in Canada has reported a tremendous increase in job opportunities in industries like marketing, digital marketing, and content development despite the ongoing COVID- pandemic making creative writing and copywriting an important skill.
  • Studying creative writing courses in Canada is also the gateway to getting a post-study work visa and eventually permanent residency in the country. Students who have completed their degrees in Canada can stay back in the country and join the Canadian economic force. 

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  • Bachelor of Arts in English literature – Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Writing
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program
  • Master of Art with Creative Writing, Literature, and Language 
  • Masters of Art in Creative Writing and English
  • Ontario Graduate Certificate in Content Strategy
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing 

Bachelor’s degree (3-4 years, full-time)

Students who have a passion for writing and wish to study in Canada, and learn more about the creative industry are highly recommended to pursue this course. This course introduces you to the world of writing that is different from technical writing. The curriculum puts special emphasis on the area of poetry, films, essays, fiction, novels, and other writing genres. The students learn the basic skills required for writing and learn to put their creative tools to use and have a successful career in the field.

Master’s degree (1-2 years, full-time)

Another popular creative writing course in Canada is Masters. A Master’s degree in creative writing is a type of post-graduate degree that students usually aim for after completing their undergraduate degree. This course allows you to delve deeper into the aspects of literature writing by incorporating all the aspects of writing, from grammar and vocabulary to major areas like literary analysis, plot development, etc. After completing this course, the students acquire a deeper insight into the creation of novels, poems, film writing, etc. It offers a wide range of specializations to choose from. These include playwriting, comedy writing, fiction and non-fiction, and many more!

The University of Calgary offers a creative writing certification program in online mode. This creative writing course in Canada is a 200-hour certificate course that allows you to hone your core skills in creative writing. It will provide you with knowledge about various aspects of writing that include editing, and proofreading and help you further in content development in various genres. You receive extensive training and professional mentorship throughout the program which prepares you for becoming a published writer. After the completion of the course, you receive a globally recognized certificate that revamps your resume and opens up more job prospects in the field of creative writing.

  • Narrative Essay
  • Creative nonfiction 
  • Short Story
  • Stage and Screenwriting 
  • Popular Fiction 
  • Poetry and Songwriting
  • Fiction Writing

Eligibility criteria to get into creative writing courses in Canada varies depending on the course, university, level of degree, etc., but one of the most important prerequisites is your portfolio. To establish your reputation as a worthy writer, students are recommended to build a portfolio that includes samples of their best works.

Other than your portfolio, to be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • You would have to put together a strong portfolio of your works.
  • Some colleges might demand a minimal mark of 75% or a B+.
  • You must send a SOP or motivational letter outlining your interests and future goals in addition to your IELTS TRF, TOEFL, or Duolingo score (minimum score requirements are 6.5 to 7.5 on each test).
  • Your resume or work CV must also be included in the application package.

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Cost of Studying Creative Writing Courses in Canada

When it comes to studying abroad, Canada is comparatively more affordable than other international destinations. Still, there are a lot of expenses that need to be kept in mind while you plan on studying creative writing courses in Canada. The budget should be planned in accordance with the pre-arrival cost and the cost of living after arriving. The following table gives a brief overview of the broad expenses covered through the entire process of applying to study creative writing in Canada.

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The career scope for creative writing courses in Canada is vast. Students with experience and determination can find a diverse range of job profiles in creative writing, marketing, publishing, entertainment, and freelancing. Here are some job profiles to explore after creative writing courses:

  • Advertising copywriter
  • Creative director
  • Book Translator
  • Magazine journalist
  • Digital Copywriter
  • Legacy Writer
  • Content Developer
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Web content manager
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Lexicographer
  • Journalist 
  • Ghostwriter
  • Scriptwriter

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The colleges in Canada have emerged as one of the top options for pursuing an MFA in creative writing due to their diverse learning programs.

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If you are an individual looking to hone your writing skills and acquire the power to absorb the readers’ attention through your writing, pursuing creative writing courses in Canada is the best path for you! Know about the best-fit university and courses that you can pursue in Canada with the help of our AI Course Finder. Sign up for a free session with our counsellors at Leverage Edu today!

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Introduction to Creative Writing

CRWR 200 2023 S Credits: 3

Techniques of and practice in multiple genres of writing, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenplay, stageplay, graphic forms, lyric forms, children's literature, and writing for new media. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

BROWN-EVANS, TAYLOR

CRWR 200 2023 W Credits: 3

BROWN-EVANS, TAYLOR | HUSSAIN, TARIQ | TATER, MALLORY

This course is designed for students looking to develop their writing skills through an exploration of a variety of creative genres. Using a combination of lectures, active writing exercises, and in-depth assignments, students will be given the chance to explore a variety of topics and concepts designed to elevate their craft including constructing story arcs, handling structure, character development, image-building, point of view and creating effective dialogue. Genres to be explored include fiction, creative nonfiction (including memoir, personal essay, profile), poetry, songwriting, screenwriting, and playwriting. This course is an inspiring and fun introduction to the world of creative writing and is sure to get your creative juices flowing. This class is an in-person class, although classes are recorded and may be attended asynchronously.

This course is designed for students looking to develop their creative writing skills through an exploration of a variety of creative writing genres including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, songwriting, screenwriting and more. Students will have the chance to explore a variety of topics and concepts designed to elevate their craft such as constructing story arcs, character development, image building, managing dialogue. This course will consist of video lectures and online modules with weekly writing exercises. Students will also engage in readings and some longer length writing assignments (in genres of their choosing) all of which will contribute to a regular writing practice and an end-of-term portfolio of work they can be proud of. Students will be able to complete the requirements for this course asynchronously. There will also be some synchronous activities such as peer-to-peer sharing “draft days,” discussion groups, etc. and though attendance is encouraged for these sessions, students will not be graded on their participation in these events. Note that students are required to submit new work only for this course. CRWR 200 is an inspiring and fun introduction to the world of creative writing and is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

This course is designed for students looking to develop their creative writing skills through an exploration of a variety of creative writing genres including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, songwriting, screenwriting and more. Students will have the chance to explore a variety of topics and concepts designed to elevate their craft such as constructing story arcs, character development, image building, managing dialogue. Students will engage in readings, weekly writing exercises, and some longer length writing assignments (in genres of their choosing) in order to maintain a regular writing practice. By the end of the course, students will have amassed a solid body of creative work—a portfolio!—that they can be proud of with work they can continue to revise and draw inspiration from after the term ends. This course will take place in real time and consist of weekly face-to-face lectures, which students are required to attend. Note that students are also required to submit new work only for this course. CRWR 200 is an inspiring and fun introduction to the world of creative writing and is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

This course is designed for students looking to develop their creative writing skills through an exploration of a variety of creative writing genres including fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, songwriting, screenwriting and more. Students will have the chance to explore a variety of topics and concepts designed to elevate their craft such as constructing story arcs, character development, image building, managing dialogue. This course will consist of video lectures and online modules with weekly writing exercises. Students will also engage in readings and some longer length writing assignments (in genres of their choosing) all of which will contribute to a regular writing practice and an end of term portfolio of work they can be proud of. Students will be able to complete the requirements for this course asynchronously. There will also be some synchronous activities such as peer-to-peer sharing “draft days,” discussion groups, etc. and though attendance is encouraged for these sessions, students will not be graded on their participation in these events. Note that students are required to submit new work only for this course. CRWR 200 is an inspiring and fun introduction to the world of creative writing and is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

This course is composed to help students hone in on a variety of techniques and practices as we explore multiple genres of writing, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenplay, stageplay, graphic forms, lyric forms, children's literature, and writing for new media. Come and find your voice by playing with various craft elements and to experience instrumental published work in contemporary forms and genres through lectures, readings, writing assignments and guided discussions.

Introduction to Writing Poetry

CRWR 201 2023 W Credits: 3

An exploration of and practice in the writing of poetry, focusing on how a writer employs the technical elements of the craft of poetry. Manuscript submission not required for admission.

TATE, BRONWEN | WARRENER, SHERYDA

In poetry, the chaos and disorder of living are made meaningful by the shaping powers of language and the imagination. Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of contemporary poets including Ocean Vuong, Ada Limón, and Jericho Brown, you will write many poems and explore the capacity of language to name the world, sing us back to our senses, say what matters, and imagine other possibilities. Together, we’ll discover how to invite wildness and surprise onto the page. We’ll also investigate the radical possibilities of revision, give and receive written feedback on work-in-progress, and cultivate a shared craft vocabulary of diction, syntax, image, line, metaphor, echo, pivot, and rhythm to help you make more conscious choices in your writing. To support flexible learning, this is a blended course with asynchronous videos, readings, and exercises supported by weekly synchronous lectures and collaborations.

This course offers an accessible introduction to the process of poem-making. You will practice forms of poetic attention, experiment with craft skills and techniques foundational to the genre, and explore the sensory details of everyday life: memory, experience, feeling, and imagination. In order to write about the world, you will engage with it through intentional and focused exploration. This process will require both self-discovery and discovery of subject matter outside the self. This course blends synchronous and asynchronous content. Weekly modules of pre-recorded videos and readings allow you to move through key concepts at your own pace. In addition to reviewing online materials, you will be required to attend class, engage with assigned readings, and participate in discussions and workshops. You will utilize in-class writing exercises and prompts to spark ideas for content. For your final assignment, you will revise and assemble a collection of five poems demonstrating your technical skills and singular sensibility. Together, we will strive toward artistry, and come to a richer understanding of the possibilities of poetry.

Introduction to Writing for Children and Young Adults

CRWR 203 2023 W Credits: 3

Techniques of and practice in creating, developing and writing for children and young adults. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

We’ll delve into the breadth of forms encompassed by children’s literature, as well as a diversity of genres and topics. We’ll examine the unique pace and structure of books for different age and reading levels. We’ll learn to build memorable characters, then send those characters on fast-paced quests and adventures. Coursework includes three major writing assignments, a mock Instagram novel review, and frequent short writing exercises. Regular attendance is required. Our goals in this class are to learn about the growth of contemporary children’s writing, to become better writers ourselves, and to embrace a spirit of childlike wonder, exploration, and fun.

Introduction to Writing Creative Nonfiction

CRWR 205 2023 W Credits: 3

An exploration of and practice in the writing of creative nonfiction, focusing on how a writer employs the technical elements of the craft of creative nonfiction. Manuscript submission not required for admission.

CATRON, MANDY

Welcome to Introduction to Creative Nonfiction!

This term we will focus on both the craft and the ethics of creative nonfiction writing and consider some of the big questions that continue to shape the genre:

  • What exactly is creative nonfiction and what distinguishes it from other genres?
  • How does an obligation to the truth shape the ways we tell stories and write sentences?
  • Why might a reader care about an individual writer’s experiences and ideas?
  • Where does the personal intersect with the political, the ideological, or the profound?
  • How can we find authority and curiosity in our own knowledge and experiences?

We will spend our semester taking risks, trying out new skills, and sharing your work and ideas in a warm and welcoming environment. This is a hybrid course and students are expected to participate both online and in person.

Introduction to Writing for the Screen

CRWR 206 2023 W Credits: 3

Techniques of and practice in creating, developing, and writing a screenplay. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

MCGOWAN, SHARON | GRAEFE, SARA

It all starts with the script. Every screenwriter has a unique creative process, but shares tools from a common toolbox.

In this course we will screen and discuss excerpts from a variety of films, analyzing the essentials that make a great screen story. You will explore these fundamentals in weekly writing exercises and script assignments, applying techniques of visual storytelling and screenplay formatting, as well as the key elements of dramatic film structure, character development and dialogue. You will also learn how to pitch a script idea, a skill that is essential to succeed in the highly collaborative practice of filmmaking.

The structure of this course is online and asynchronous, with modules and exercises posted on Canvas for completion each week.  There is also an optional one-hour Zoom drop-in session each week with bonus materials and a chance to ask questions and discuss the weekly assignments.

Your coursework will include completing weekly writing assignments (worth 15% of your final grade), writing a 4-page silent screenplay (25%), writing a 10-page screenplay with dialogue (35%), creating a written pitch for your dialogue screenplay (15%), and completing an open-book quiz on screenplay formatting (10%).

Please note that while we will discuss and screen a few feature-length films and excerpts of television series in this course, the majority of the coursework and course content will focus on short films. This is because short films are an excellent form in which to learn and apply fundamentals quickly. Short films are also one of the main starting points for building a career in screenwriting.

In this hyper-connected digital age, we consume stories at an unprecedented rate, on screens large and small.  A great film or TV show or Netflix series will make us laugh or cry and stay with us for forever. In this hands-on class, we’ll take a look behind the scenes to uncover where the magic of film begins – with the art and craft of narrative screenwriting. As the saying goes in Hollywood, “it all starts with the script.” We will screen and discuss excerpts from a variety of films, analyzing the essentials that make a great screen story. You’ll explore these fundamentals through class writing exercises and script assignments, applying techniques of visual storytelling and screenplay formatting, as well as the key elements of dramatic film structure, character development and dialogue. You will also learn and practice how to pitch a script idea, a vital skill for surviving and thriving in the collaborative film industry. You will write two original scripts – a 3-4 page silent screenplay and an 8-10 page screenplay with dialogue.

This is a blended course, meaning half your learning will take place face-to-face in the classroom, and the other half online in a text- and video-based, modular format on Canvas.

Introduction to Writing for Graphic Forms

CRWR 208 2023 W Credits: 3

Techniques of and practice in creating, developing, and writing the graphic novel, manga, and other forms of illustrated writing. The ability to draw is not required. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

In this course, we will explore writing for comics and graphic novels through a combination of discussions, lectures, guest speakers, online content, low-stakes exercises and creative writing assignments. This course is a blended learning course, which means it is conducted partially through self-directed engagement with online content, and partially through lectures and discussion. You'll find a variety of readings and videos and exercises online each week to prepare for a weekly lecture and hands-on creation and discussion. By the end of the course, you will hopefully have gained a broad understanding of the form as well as the skills to create your own well-crafted comics, from inception to publication.

Introduction to Writing Fiction

CRWR 209 2023 W Credits: 3

An exploration of the writing of fiction, focusing on how a writer employs the technical elements of the craft of fiction. Manuscript submission not required for admission.

This introductory undergraduate course is held 100% online and is designed for those interested in the art and craft of fiction writing. We’ll focus on the creative impulse and generative process while exploring and practicing the foundational elements of fiction writing, including, character development, scene design, dialogue and subtext, prose style, the fundamentals of story structure, and the importance of emotional and psychological authenticity. We’ll experiment, take risks, and expand our creative practice each week through a variety of online activities, including pre-recorded video lectures, writing exercises, assigned readings, and discussion. Through an examination of craft, writing practice, creative inquiry, and close reading, we will bridge the gap between creative intention and execution on the page and do our best to create something meaningful and beautiful. We’ll be rigorous in our study and analysis of our efforts and invest ourselves in the efforts of our peers. The course is offered online asynchronously with a weekly synchronous Zoom session focused on generative exercises, advanced craft exploration, and discussion of course concepts with the Instructor, Teaching Assistants and fellow students.

Introduction to Writing for the New Media

CRWR 213 2023 S Credits: 3

An exploration of and practice in writing for new media, including podcasting, blogging, and writing for websites, games, and online environments. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

CHAN, CRYSTAL

CRWR 213 2023 W Credits: 3

OSWORTH, AUSTEN | MOSS, JENNIFER

What makes media “new?” How have older media come to influence the bleeding edge? This course focuses on memes, pitching publications (and making your own), Twine games, artificial intelligence and, most importantly, how to explore and learn with confidence and conscientiousness when the media landscape is constantly evolving.

This section will be taught by A.E. Osworth .

Introduction to Creative Writing with an Indigenous Focus

CRWR 220 2023 W Credits: 3

Covers three genres from fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, radio drama, radio feature, or stageplay.

BELCOURT, BILLY-RAY

In this course, students will engage with a range of literary works by contemporary Indigenous writers as well as with supplementary critical/theoretical texts. The goal is to introduce students to the aesthetic, political, and social concerns operative in the Indigenous literary landscape. We will acquire the language to ethically and rigorously engage with the material and the larger context of colonialism in which we in North America live and study. To be clear, the aim is not to produce “Indigenous writing” (unless, of course, a student is Indigenous), but rather to write from the social locations in which students exist about topics such as race, history, identity, geography, power, and structural oppression.

Introduction to Writing for Comedic Forms

CRWR 230 2023 W Credits: 3

An examination of and practice in creative writing in comedic forms, including stand-up, sketch, film, new media, and text. Manuscript submission not required for admission.

DEL BUCCHIA, DINA

This course will be taught both synchronously and asynchronously. Video lectures and slides (with relevant questions and writing prompts) will be recorded and posted to Canvas in the Modules. Students will not be penalized for their inability to attend synchronous sessions. The course materials in Canvas will need to be completed by the due dates indicated and before the start of the weekly synchronous session.

Comedy has the ability to bring levity to the difficult things in life. In this course we will study humour writing across various forms, styles and genres, including: joke-writing; stand-up and sketch comedy; comic prose and verse; television; film; stage; and new media. Lectures and discussions will be complemented by writing prompts, group work, readings, and engaging with media relevant to all areas of comedic forms covered. A major learning objective for this course is to develop a greater understanding of comic structures and style, as well as exploring issues of comedy and free speech, and comedy as social commentary. Students will have the opportunity to not only write their own comedic pieces, but to consider the power of jokes and how humour can affect an audience.

Intermediate Writing Poetry

CRWR 301 2023 W Credits: 3

The writing of poetry in various forms using a combination of workshopping and online modules. Manuscript submission not required for admission.

WARRENER, SHERYDA

This course is part workshop, part exploration of writing in established, evolving, and invented poetic forms. You will direct language through the apertures and frames of the sonnet, prose poems, ghazal, haibun, ode, elegy, villanelle, zuihitsu, and more. You’ll explore the variations and innovations formal constraints make possible, and then return to free verse with newly-acquired technical chops and a dynamic, renewed energy. This course blends synchronous and asynchronous content. A weekly compilation of videos and craft essays feature insights from contemporary poets as they take you through advanced modes and techniques. You’ll be required to attend in-person classes, engage with assigned readings, and participate in discussions, presentations, and workshops. For your final assignment, you will revise and assemble poems into a collection that demonstrates your technical skill and formal imagination. We will strive toward artistry, and come to a richer understanding of what poetic form makes possible.

Writing for Podcast

CRWR 302 2023 W Credits: 3

Exploration of and practice in writing for podcast.

SAMMARCO, PIETRO

Intermediate Writing for Children and Young Adults

CRWR 303 2023 W Credits: 3

The writing of work for children and young adults in various forms using a combination of workshopping and online modules. Manuscript submission not required for admission.

In this class, students briefly explore a variety of forms in children’s literature before delving more deeply into the creativity and adventure of middle-grade and young-adult novels. By refining an idea, developing that idea into an outline, and writing several major scenes, students will experience some of the thought processes involved in creating a novel. Along the way, they’ll practice two major components of the writing life: individual creative work and collaborative critique. This is a hybrid class, involving weekly online lectures as well as in-person seminars. Attendance at the seminars is required. Throughout the course, students will explore the ways children’s literature can spark young readers’ imaginations and change the ways they see the world.

Intermediate Writing of Creative Nonfiction

CRWR 305 2023 W Credits: 3

An exploration of and practice in the writing of creative non-fiction, covering four of the more basic forms of this genre: memoir, profile, commentary, and exposition. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

In its pursuit of truth, Creative Nonfiction has the capacity to help us connect with our wisest, most honest, most humane selves. In trying to say what is true, we are forced to become curious and attentive, to question our own assumptions and biases, and to create space to locate our own beliefs and sense of wonder.

Welcome to Intermediate Writing of Creative Nonfiction! This course builds on the concepts covered in Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (CRWR 205) with more emphasis on writing as a practice and process. We’ll talk about how to create a sustainable writing practice and how to think about ourselves as writers. We’ll confront some of the myths around the writing life and we’ll consider how, when approached with sincerity and rigor, one might discover something fundamentally redemptive in writing creative nonfiction. My hope is that you’ll come to think of writing as a practice, as a way of thinking, and as a powerful tool for making meaning of your experiences and the world around you.

Intermediate Writing for the Screen

CRWR 306 2023 W Credits: 3

An exploration of and practice in writing for the screen, focusing on how a writer employs the technical elements of the craft of screenwriting. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

KINCH, MARTIN

CRWR 306 (Intermediate Writing for the Screen) is a blended course combining online teaching and in-class workshop/seminars. Each week consists of online instruction, screenings and assignments, and seminar/workshops led by our Teaching Assistants. Our primary objective is to explore the processes, craft, and techniques of screenwriting and create original work for the screen. Online, students will find a variety of videos addressing specific writing challenges, (What makes a great film idea? …How do you create memorable characters?”) short lectures on aspects of technique, illustrative and inspiring film clips from the history of the movies, and other resources addressing theoretical and practical aspects of screenwriting

The workshop/seminar sessions are focused on the wider discussion of weekly online material, writing exercises, and the creation of original work. Film being a collaborative art, attention will also be given to ways in which we analyze and critique our peers’ work and creatively participate in workshop script development.

Intermediate Writing for the Stage

CRWR 307 2023 W Credits: 3

An exploration of practice in the writing of the one-act stage play, focusing on how a writer employs the technical elements of the craft of this genre. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

IRANI, ANOSH

This intermediate course focuses on the techniques of crafting stage plays and fiction podcasts.

You will engage in dramatic writing assignments focusing on, but not limited to, character, scene development, dialogue, and theatricality. You will also look specifically at techniques that will help you create a dramatic fiction podcast.

Instruction will be provided in person.  We will combine interactive lectures with in-class writing exercises and readings/viewings.

You will write a one-act play for the stage and a short dramatic fiction podcast.

Intermediate Writing for Graphic Forms

CRWR 308 2023 W Credits: 3

The writing of graphica (comics, manga and graphic novels), using a combination of workshopping and online modules. Manuscript submission not required for admission.

Picking up where 208 leaves off, students will be guided through the production process of creating comics, with the goal of creating a finished self-published graphic work by the end of the term. Through a combination of workshop, discussion, lecture and online content, we look at graphic storytelling, character design, world-building, panel composition, page layout, thumbnails, pencils, inking and digital design with a focus on refining student work and creating polished and professional finished products. The class meets weekly for in-person sessions with a focus on creating and building student work.

Intermediate Writing Fiction

CRWR 309 2023 W Credits: 3

TATER, MALLORY | OSWORTH, AUSTEN

In CRWR 309, students will work to sharpen their already unique writing voices and further develop a sustainable writing practice. This course will help students more consciously understand their creative choices and narrative approaches through engaging in fiction readings, writing exercises, collaborative learning and discussion.

Students in this class will focus on scaffolded assignments to deepen understanding of craft fundamentals such as characters, scenes, settings and voice. A variety of feedback modalities will be covered with an emphasis on giving and receiving feedback gracefully, and choosing what to focus on in revision.

This course will be taught by A.E. Osworth .

Video Game Writing and Narrative

CRWR 310 2023 W Credits: 3

Narrative design and writing for video games.

CLARK, RAYMOND

An exploration of narrative design and writing for video games. Manuscript submission not required for admission.

Intermediate Writing for Lyric Forms

CRWR 311 2023 W Credits: 3

Techniques of and practice in writing for lyric forms, including song lyrics, lyrical narratives, and libretti. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

HUSSAIN, TARIQ

In this course, students will examine aspects of lyrical craft such as the use of rhyme, repetition, point of view, structure, balance and other elements. We will explore personal songwriting, writing in a non-autobiographical style, protest songs, the comic lyric and more. Students will engage in readings and listenings (song samples, podcasts, etc.) and will have ample opportunities to flex their creative muscles through weekly writing exercises and longer songwriting assignments. Students should be prepared to submit audio recordings with their assignments which can be created using phones and/or recording programs like Audacity or GarageBand. Further guidance on recording software will be offered in class and proficiency on an instrument is not a prerequisite. This course will take place in real time and will consist of weekly face-to-face lectures which students are required to attend. Note that students are expected to submit new work only for this class. Once completed, students of all levels will have participated in a rigorous and regular writing practice and will have amassed a solid body of creative work—a portfolio!—that they can be proud of with work they can continue to revise and draw inspiration from well after the term ends.

Interactive Storytelling

CRWR 312 2023 W Credits: 3

Origin, theory and practice of interactive story forms. Exploring structural links between interactive theatre, gaming, and extended (virtual, mixed, and augmented) reality.

OSWORTH, AUSTEN

Colloquially called “Infinite Fiction,” this course engages with fiction as a verb rather than a noun or adjective. We will explore controversial or commonly held beliefs using radical collaborative storytelling to examine massive concepts from varying vantage points in worlds where the consequences are imaginary: by using tabletop role-playing games “read” against academic theory. Students will also create one piece of interactive fiction using Twine over the course of the semester.

Intermediate Writing for Television

CRWR 316 2023 W Credits: 3

Elements of episodic and serialized comedic and dramatic television writing with writing practice applied to primary formats and genres.

MCMAHON, MICHELE

This course is designed for students who are interested in exploring the art and craft of screenwriting for television.  Over the course of the term you will learn how to transform your half-hour television idea (comedy or drama) into a series pitch document, then a pilot script outline, and finally the first act of a pilot script.

We are experiencing a new Golden Age of television with hundreds of shows to watch across multiple platforms.  There are more diverse stories being created than ever before and it’s an exciting time to tell your story.  A television show is the culmination of a writer’s unique vision and it all begins with their script.  While we will cover a variety of formats and genres showcased in today’s exciting television landscape we will focus on the fundamentals of television writing: structure, plot, character development, dialogue and narrative arcs for an episode and an entire season.

We will explore comedic and dramatic television in a variety of ways.  We will screen and discuss television shows, read television scripts, and analyse the essentials in what makes a script great.  We will also read current online articles, specific readings from texts, listen to podcasts and experiment with in-class writing assignments.  As television is a collaborative business, students will engage with the instructor, teaching assistants and other students as much as possible.

Please note that while we will discuss and screen the first act of a few hour-long dramatic television series, the majority of the coursework and course content will focus on half-hour television. Half-hours are an excellent form in which to learn and apply fundamentals quickly and are a growing trend on cable and streaming platforms.

Writing Genre Fiction

CRWR 319 2023 W Credits: 3

Exploration and practice in writing major genres of genre fiction, including fantasy, science fiction, romance, crime, horror, and historical fiction.

HOPKINSON, NALO

The vast majority of fiction written and read in North America falls into the broad categories of popular or commercial fiction. This course will focus on introducing students to four major genres: fantasy; science fiction; historical fiction; and young adult (that last being more of an age category than a genre). To write successfully in any of these genres requires an understanding of the development and conventions of each of them, as well as an understanding of the implicit agreement between writer and reader that exists in genre fiction writing. Genre conventions serve, like the many forms of poetry, as both limitations to and spurs to creativity, as well as wayposts to the reader that signify (usually) what to expect. Students will read texts and related materials in each genre, and practice writing in at least two of the four.

Intermediate Comedic Forms

CRWR 330 2023 W Credits: 3

Contemporary and historical comedic writing in a variety of forms. Emphasis on critical analysis and creative writing of comedic works, and changes in the comedic landscape. Recommended: CRWR 200

In this course, we take the craft of comedy seriously through experimentation, discussion and the analysis of comedic media. We play with comedic writing to develop comedic voice, and explore storytelling through a variety of forms, from comedic fiction to non-fiction, to sketches and stand up. Students will work to use comedic tools, like escalation, repetition and tone, and play with comedic elements, like irony, incongruity and surprise, to create new works that spark laughter while they tell a story. As well, through comedic collaboration, and workshops that focus on constructive and informed feedback and discussion, students will be able to work on a variety of projects that will challenge their concept of comedic writing as an art form.

This course will be taught by Dina Del Bucchia .

Intermediate Poetry Workshop - INTRMD POETRY

CRWR 351P 2023 W Credits: 3

An intermediate level workshop class in writing poetry. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

In this class, I invite you to explore content that is meaningful to you in the form of a poetic cycle, series, suite, or sequence. Designed to foreground practices of attention and inquiry-based research, this class provides the time, encouragement, compassion, rigour, and flexibility necessary in order for you to feel both well supported and challenged in the process of poem-making. You’ll be required to attend class, engage with assigned readings, and participate in discussions, presentations, field trips, and workshops. Pre-writing and generative writing activities, as well as a self-directed research assignment, will lead to the composition of a unified collection of poems. My hope is that you will leave this class with a renewed sense of your own creative process, and a community of writerly support.

Intermediate Children and Young Adult Writing Workshop - INTRMD CHLDRN

CRWR 353Q 2023 W Credits: 3

An intermediate level workshop class in writing for children and young adults. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

POHL-WEARY, EMILY

This section of 353 focuses on middle-grade (MG) and young adult (YA) fiction, age categories that tend to be adventurous, playful, unpretentious, and reflect the critical issues of our time. We’ll explore the weird and wonderful world of writing for young readers, the changing industry, how the age of your readers impacts your writing style, and developing our writerly voices. We will put into practice the tools learned in CRWR 203 and 303, but focus more on workshopping and incorporating feedback. Major assignments include weekly feedback on other people’s writing, two pieces of new fiction (10 pages each, double-spaced, 12pt font), a short piece of experimental writing (5 pages, double-spaced, 12pt font), and a brief presentation on a contemporary MG or YA novel.

Intermediate Screenplay Workshop - INTRMD SCRNPLAY

CRWR 356Q 2023 W Credits: 3

An intermediate level workshop class in writing for the screen. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

Screenwriting is a craft. Creative Writing 356A (Intermediate Screenwriting) is a workshop on mastering the techniques of the craft and writing original short film scripts that you can produce. Our emphasis will be on the creation of character-driven stories that can be imaginatively told with an economy of production demands. We will also focus on visual storytelling, flexible structure, and effective dialogue. Over the course of the term, you will develop a short film screenplay, proceeding through the logline/pitch, to the outline, the first and revised drafts. At each stage, you will read and provide feedback to your fellow students’ work and participate in an in-class and online workshop discussion.

There will also be writing exercises accompanied by short talks exploring various aspects of craft.

Intermediate Fiction Workshop - INTRMD FICTION

CRWR 359P 2023 W Credits: 3

An intermediate level workshop class in writing of fiction. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.

TATER, MALLORY

The goal of CRWR 359 is to put into practice, through considered creative choices, the craft-based skills students learned in CRWR 209 and CRWR 309 (prerequisites). The discussions, exercises, collaborative learning activities and individual writing assignments in this course will help you bring greater intention to your writing process and to artfully engage in the act of revision.

CRWR 359Q 2023 W Credits: 3

Writing Poetry I - WRITING POETRY I

CRWR 401P 2023 W Credits: 3

A workshop class in the writing of poetry.

NICHOLSON, CECILY

Intimations of Place

This course will provide a hands-on approach to the study and practice of poetry as we explore ways to engage the individual poem as well as the collection of poetry in book form. Intervals of the course will be devoted to experiencing and discussing selected works related to intimations of place. Through works by Jordan Abel, Gwendolyn Brooks, Renee Gladman, Lee Maracle, Fred Wah, Rita Wong and more, we will consider site specificity, scenic narrative and setting, interrelations in ecology, geological time, and the construct of landscape, as well as the poem itself as a place that can enact geography, nation, refuge, and belonging. Students will develop a shared vocabulary as we deepen our understanding of poetic technique and expression and expand our awareness of imagery, figurative language, perspective, and positionality in poetry. Through regular prompt and exercise our reading practice will align with written assignments as we learn to experiment within a range of formal strategies.

CRWR 401Q 2023 W Credits: 3

Words Sound

This course will provide a hands-on approach to the study and practice of poetry as we explore ways to engage the individual poem as well as the collection of poetry in book form. In a discussion on the “poetics of renewal” Lillian Allen notes that “the poetic line glides, skips, is stubborn sometimes, it shouts, dances, whispers, and asserts itself as beings do in the world. We know that words are not just words as our voice is not just lines on paper.” Taking up the active and variable presence of words, we will consider elements of voice, cadence, metre, and a range of sound devices in poetry. Our readings will include works from Lillian Allen, Christie Lee Charles, e.e. cummings, Cathy Park Hong, Kaie Kellough and more. Students will develop a shared vocabulary as we deepen our understanding of poetic technique and expression and expand our awareness of diction, structure, and tone as it relates to poetry. Through regular prompt and exercise our reading practice will align with written assignments as we learn to experiment within a range of formal strategies.

Writing for New Media I - WRT NEW MEDIA 1

CRWR 402Q 2023 W Credits: 3

An advanced workshop class in writing for new media. Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.

MOSS, JENNIFER

Take your podcasting dreams to the next level with this hands-on and applied course focussing on the finer points of audio storytelling. Encompassing aspects of scripted, and non-scripted podcasting, narrative, fiction, documentary, and more, this course will help you lean into the audio medium to deliver work that is compelling and engaging. At the same time, you’ll get practical ideas for how to identify and grow your audience and promote your show.

Writing for Children and Young Adults I - CHILD & YOUNG I

CRWR 403P 2023 W Credits: 3

A workshop class in writing for Children and Young Adults.

During this course, we’ll explore picture books, middle-grade novels, young-adult novels, and more. Students will participate in lively discussions about the craft and techniques of writing for children and young adults, with a particular emphasis on character and voice — elements necessary to catch the attention of the world’s most fickle reading audience. Workshop participants will give thoughtful feedback on work by fellow students, and will submit two original stories or novel excerpts as well as a final revision. Throughout, we’ll examine ways we can imbue our writing with fun, humour, and hope.

Writing Creative Nonfiction I - CREATIV NONFIC I

CRWR 405P 2023 W Credits: 3

A workshop class in writing creative nonfiction, focused on some of the more popular forms of creative nonfiction: autobiography, rhetoric (commentary), literary journalism, and the personal essay.

This semester we’ll immerse ourselves in the many techniques of Creative Nonfiction: everything from research and reporting to structure and style. In the first half of the term we will develop our craft through reading, discussion and frequent writing exercises. Then we’ll spend the second half of term sharing and polishing work in writer-centered workshops.

You can expect to finish the semester with a deeper understanding of the craft of creative nonfiction, a body of new work, a sharper skill set for revising your own writing, and a polished piece of short-form creative nonfiction.

CRWR 405Q 2023 W Credits: 3

MARZANO-LESNEVICH, ALEX

To Essay is to Try

This course provides an overview of one of the most elastic and exciting literary forms, the essay, often colloquially thought of as the working-through or trying out of an idea. We will read a wide range of both traditional and experimental essays, including those that are narrative, lyric, personal, fractured, and persuasive, and that use an array of subjects as their starting point. Together we will arrive at understandings of voice, tone, characterization, structure, and pacing. Students will have weekly ungraded writing assignments that will build to the workshopping of one short essay and one long.

Writing for the Screen I - WRT FOR SCREEN I

CRWR 406P 2023 W Credits: 3

A workshop class in writing for the screen.

This advanced screenwriting workshop will support students as they transform their initial story idea into a pitch, then an outline and finally 25-30 pages of a feature-length screenplay (with the option of submitting two short films with the equivalent number of pages).

While this course will focus on workshopping your writing assignments, your creative process will be supported by in-class presentations on the craft of screenwriting including: structure, plot, character development, dialogue, scenes and visual language.  There will also be substantial resources online including: current industry articles, specific readings from texts, podcasts, video clips, as well as sample screenplays from many genres.

Grades will primarily be based on your written work (70%) comprised of your revised screenplay which will be submitted in a final student portfolio at the end of the term.  You will be expected to have made substantial rewrites to the creative submitted in earlier workshops. You will also be graded on your attendance and participation (30%). Your participation includes your verbal contribution in-class and written feedback after each workshop.  As you write your screenplay your thoughtful reflections on the scripts of other students will build your own screenwriting and story editing skills.  The goal of this workshop is to creatively engage with others and to ask questions with a compassionate inquiry that supports each writer’s vision.

CRWR 406Q 2023 W Credits: 3

MEDVED, MAUREEN | MCGOWAN, SHARON

Students in this advanced screenwriting workshop will write one or two short screenplays (depending on length and number of rewrites) or an outline for a feature-length film and a draft of the first act of that film. The goal is to help each student reach their full potential in their work.

We loosely follow an industry model, so all projects, whatever length, begin with a short pitch.  The class then workshops an outline for all scripts before moving to a draft, or more detailed outline in the case of a feature length screenplay.

In class we will review and discuss aspects of story, plot, dialogue, character, theme and many more elements of the screenplay form.  We will also discuss the process of connecting with the film industry and getting a screenplay produced.

We will workshop two pieces a week, sometimes three, if they are short.  There is a minimum page count of 30 pages for workshopping in the course that must be submitted by set deadlines. Rewrites will be counted as 1 page for 2 pages of re-written material but rewrites must be substantial to be counted (at least 50% of the material on the page must be reworked).

Students will be required to review and submit written notes by set deadlines on all pieces being workshopped as well as participate in discussions of the work during class time.

Grading will be based 70% on the screenwriting work students submit and 30% on their written notes and participation in discussions of other students’ work.

Writing of Drama for the Stage I - STAGE DRAMA I

CRWR 407P 2023 W Credits: 3

A workshop class in writing of drama for the stage. Studio work is required, and some plays may be given a live stage production in Brave New Play Rites (adjudication process involved).

KONCAN, FRANCES

CRWR 407Q 2023 W Credits: 3

Writing for Graphic Forms I - GRAPHIC FORMS 1

CRWR 408P 2023 W Credits: 3

A workshop class in the writing of graphic novel, manga, and other forms of illustrated writing. The ability to draw is not required.

LEAVITT, SARAH

What are comics and how do they work? How do you make a good comic? In this class we’ll examine the building blocks of comics (text and image combinations, panel and page composition, and more) and practice the skills needed to create clear, compelling, memorable comics. By the end of the term, you’ll be a more insightful comics reader and a more skillful comics maker. No drawing skills or experience required, but we will be drawing in this class, for both exercises and assignments. Please note: this course emphasizes readings, assignments and in-class exercises; there are only a few workshops.

Students at all levels of skill and experience have produced excellent comics in this class, and many have continued to make comics after completing the course. Others find that the skills learned in comics class help them with their work in other forms. Students who plan to write comics scripts for others to draw will gain insights into the writing process from the experience of drawing.

Writing Fiction I - WRITING FIC I

CRWR 409P 2023 W Credits: 3

A workshop class in the writing of fiction.

MAILLARD, KEITH | OSWORTH, AUSTEN | IRANI, ANOSH

The purpose of this workshop is to help students write excellent fiction. Many workshops move toward final draft too quickly and encourage feedback that is largely editorial. We, however, will explore the writing of fiction anywhere on a spectrum from the earliest exploratory stages to polished final drafts. Editorial feedback is not appropriate for story ideas in their earliest stages when they are often incoherent, vague, and fragile; students will be encouraged to resubmit these early drafts until they begin to cohere. As stories move closer to completion, higher degrees of editorial feedback become appropriate. Students should expect to submit written material at least three times during the term, and they will be required to bring one of their stories to polished final draft or close to it. The social environment in this workshop should be warm, friendly, supportive, and cooperative. Students who like courses with fixed and unvarying syllabi so that they will know exactly what they will be doing in any class throughout the term should seriously consider not taking this course. The syllabus is variable and will change in response to student needs and interests.

This class, colloquially called “The Airing of Grievances,” explores writing from a place of righteous anger and using fiction to explore, expand and resist everything from the minor inconvenience to the systemic injustice. Students will depart from standard ways of discussing craft to create their own craft rubric for the semester. Workshop components will all use a Radical Praise method.

This is a workshop in the writing of short fiction designed to help students develop as both writers and critical thinkers. Each week we will discuss students’ written work as well as the craft and techniques of literary fiction. In addition, assigned readings will be posted on Canvas.  This is required reading for class discussion. During the term, students will be expected to turn in a short story for workshop, plus a rewrite of the story.  Over the duration of the course, we will examine a wide range of story elements, including—but not limited to— character, dialogue, structure, plotting and so on.  The course will also guide students through the process of rewriting their work.  Overall, this workshop aims to give students the opportunity to express themselves creatively, hone their voice, and gain a deeper understanding of their own work.

CRWR 409Q 2023 W Credits: 3

MAILLARD, KEITH

Video Game Writing - VDEO GM WRT

CRWR 410Q 2023 W Credits: 3

A workshop class on writing for video games. Restricted to Creative Writing majors.

A workshop class in writing for video games and interactive fiction. Students will create short games using Twine or similar software; the ability to program is not required. In addition to the workshop, this course includes a reading list of indie games and a small in-class presentation.

Writing for Lyric Forms I - LYRIC FORMS 1

CRWR 411P 2023 W Credits: 3

A workshop class exploring the words that accompany music in varied forms including pop, art, musical theatre, and opera.

In this class students will explore the craft of songwriting through a variety of methods from participating in creative exercises to personal practice. Students will be challenged to look deeply at the work of professionals through readings, close listenings, podcasts, and to go deep within their own work as well. Students will create, share and discuss their songs with the goal of helping each other create more effective writing through the workshopping process and will be encouraged to take risks while still holding true to their artistic vision. Audio recordings are expected for submissions along with lyric sheets however technical knowledge of recording software or proficiency on an instrument—though an asset—are not required. This course will take place in real time, face-to-face in a weekly two-hour session which students are required to attend. Participation and discussion as well as maintaining an environment of support and mutual respect is key to the success of this course as students will be participating in a genre that is more performative in nature than some others, and perhaps extra challenging if students haven’t tried it before. This should not be seen as a deterrent for anyone who’s new to songwriting, however, but rather as an invitation to try something fun, exciting, and challenging.

Workshop in Literary Translation I - WK LIT TRANS I

CRWR 415Q 2023 W Credits: 3

A workshop class in literary translation. Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.

TATE, BRONWEN

In this workshop course, we’ll explore the many artistic choices involved in literary translation—involving sound, syntax, temporality, idiom, metaphor, literary context, social register, and so on—and consider what’s at stake in each. Guided by student interest and experience, we’ll explore translation challenges presented by particular linguistic and cultural contexts and specific genres. We’ll also discuss ethical questions raised by English as a language of empire that has become a global language, examine literary forms and movements that have traveled through translation, investigate the capacity and limits of machine translation, and consider our relationships to languages we use, languages we’ve learned, and heritage languages we may have lost. Students will translate and co-translate, experiment and play, research translation networks, and identify their principles and values as translators.

Prerequisite: Proficiency in a language other than English. (Proficiency here is understood as the ability to engage with the specific texture and structure of a language, not “mastery” or “fluency.”)

Note for MFA Students: While this course is taught at the undergraduate level, graduate students are reminded that they may enroll in six credits of undergraduate coursework with permission from the instructor and the graduate chair.

Writing for Television I - WRT TELEVISION 1

CRWR 416P 2023 W Credits: 3

A workshop class in writing for television.

SVENDSEN, LINDA

The purpose of the workshop is to create your own original half-hour TV series concept and pilot script, via three modules with peer and instructor reviewed assignments: TV series concept, pilot beat sheet (brief outline), and draft pilot script.  Concurrently, your peer review reflections and contributions in the writers’ room group/s build your TV writing and editing prowess. Essentially, while you create and write a brand-new TV series, you also act and serve as story editor on other series. While the class is not prescriptive, per se, the mission of a writer’s room is to creatively and speculatively engage, to bring your years of TV-series chops to the table, to brainstorm, to ask “what if?” while always supporting the creator/writer’s vision.

The course is front-loaded with dramaturgical grids and rubrics for each assignment, readings on structure and the industry, as well as sample pilot scripts as available. The course concludes with excerpted pilot table reads with a peer cast.

Participation:  critically thoughtful and constructive written feedback prior to the workshop discussion, collaboration with an in-class TV partner or group, as well as attendance contribute considerably to the grading component.

CRWR 416Q 2023 W Credits: 3

The course is front-loaded with dramaturgical grids and rubrics for each assignment, readings on structure and the industry, as well as sample pilot scripts as available. The course concludes with excerpted pilot table reads by a peer cast.

Participation:  thoughtful written feedback prior to the workshop discussion, collaboration with an in-class TV partner or group, as well as attendance contribute considerably to the grading component.

Writing Speculative Fiction - WRT SPEC FIC

CRWR 419Q 2023 W Credits: 3

Workshop-based class focused on writing speculative fiction, including fantasy, science fiction, and horror; emphasis on reading various genres and peer feedback. Restricted to Creative Writing majors.

Indigenous Writing - INDIGENOUS WRTNG

CRWR 420P 2023 W Credits: 3

Advanced study of contemporary Indigenous writing in North America across genres focusing on the production of critical and creative writing about coloniality, race, history, and identity.

This course is an investigation of trends and debates in contemporary Indigenous writing in Canada and the United States. We will study the ways Indigenous writers approach subjects such as history, colonialism, trauma, politics, identity, ethics, representation, and power; students will explore these subjects and reflect on how they relate to their own writing practices through a range of critical and creative modes and across genres.

Climate Writing - CLIMATE WRITING

CRWR 425Q 2023 W Credits: 3

Workshop-based class focused on writing related to climate change and environmental issues; emphasis on reading various genres and peer feedback. Restricted to Creative Writing majors. A maximum of 6 credits is permitted between CRWR 425 and 525.

OHLIN, ALIX

Stories about climate surround us, personal and global, near and far. From wildfires and mudslides in BC to climate-based migration and displacement, the reality of anthropogenic climate change is everywhere. This is a workshop class focused on creative writing about this encompassing reality. As we engage in our creative practice, we will ask: what stories do people tell about climate, and what are the stakes of those stories? What does it mean to write about, from, and of the places we live? How can artistic expression, narrative, and language itself render the complex realities of climate change—and explore the possibilities for justice, resilience, and alternative futures?

Throughout the course, we will develop our understanding of climate through reading, discussion and writing exercises. We’ll also spend a significant amount of class time sharing, discussing, and revising our own creative work. Students will be expected to read, respond, and engage in examples of writing in a range of genres (poetry, nonfiction, fiction), culminating in a final portfolio and reflective essay, and to provide thoughtful, constructive responses to the work of their peers in the class.

Preparation for a Career in Writing

CRWR 430 2023 W Credits: 3

Credit will be granted for only one of CRWR 430 or CRWR 530.

Writing is a career as well as a calling, and this course bridges the gap between the two. We’ll delve into traditional and self-publishing models, pitches and queries, collaboration with editors and agents, contracts, grants, marketing, interview techniques, and more. Throughout, we’ll hear from guests who are working in the industry, we’ll prepare our own professional materials, and we’ll build a supportive community of collaborators and mentors. This course offers practical know-how for entrepreneurship, and you’ll leave understanding more about how to sustain your own unique creative practice… while still paying your rent.

Advanced Comedic Forms

CRWR 431 2023 W Credits: 3

A workshop class exploring comedic writing in varied forms including film and television, prose and poetry, non-fiction, and new media. This course is restricted to students in the CRWR BFA program.

In this course students will learn the fundamentals of comedic forms as well as comedic tools that can be used by writers to make their work, regardless of genre, engaging, clear and hilarious. Through lectures on craft, discussions and close readings and viewings of comedic works students will be able to experiment and explore what comedy is, and the serious mechanics of humour writing at work. By the end of this course students will be able to analyze, using the language of comedy, why a work is funny, and identify the tools successfully used to create compelling comedy. The focus will be on generating comedic work, thinking deeply about comedy as an art form and practice, and creative inquiry through analysis and discussion. There will be an emphasis on asking questions about our own work, why comedy is the right choice for a piece of writing, and how to delve deep into a project designed to produce laughter.

Interdisciplinary Projects - INTRDIS PROJECTS

CRWR 440O 2023 S Credits: 3

Group projects and workshops with students majoring in other creative arts.

Writing Poetry II - WRITING POETRY 2

CRWR 451P 2023 W Credits: 3

An advanced workshop class in writing poetry. Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.

This course focuses on modes of poetic inquiry: ways of sustaining poetic work across projects and a life in the context of a broader socio-political world. We will study how poets (1) carry out process-based, situational, and durational works and (2) account for their poetic labor through both poems and other forms of writing. By the term’s end, students will have produced a substantial amount of poems toward a larger project.

Writing for Children and Young Adults II - CHILD & YOUNG 2

CRWR 453P 2023 W Credits: 3

An advanced workshop class in writing for children and young adults. Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.

Writing the Young Adult (YA) Novel is a new course that builds on skills learned in 403 (Writing for Children and YA) and 409 (Fiction). We will develop the tools essential for completing longer manuscripts while foregrounding the teen audience’s reading levels and life experiences. The class will involve workshops, reading discussions, and hands-on exercises aimed at outlining, plotting, pacing, character development, setting realization, deeper themes, and dramatic tension. Major assignments include preparing regular feedback on other people’s writing, discussing readings and craft topics, a midterm portfolio and a final portfolio.

CRWR 453Q 2023 W Credits: 3

SCOTT, JORDAN

A workshop class that discusses theoretical underpinnings of picture books and early chapter books and incorporates generative exercises based on elements of craft. Emphasis is placed on editing, critical reading, manuscript development, and tons of fun. Students will workshop two picture book and / or early chapter book manuscripts and are expected to provide rigorous and supportive feedback.

Writing of Drama for the Stage II - DRAM FOR STAGE 2

CRWR 457P 2023 W Credits: 3

An advanced workshop class in writing drama for the stage. Studio work is required. Assumes a greater level of experience in writing drama for the stage than CRWR 407.

CRWR 457Q 2023 W Credits: 3

Writing for Graphic Forms II - WRIT GRAPHIC 2

CRWR 458Q 2023 W Credits: 3

An advanced workshop class in writing for graphic forms. The ability to draw is not required. Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.

Students in CRWR 458 will use their strong foundational skills in comics as a launch pad for a glorious flight into experimentation. Exercises and assignments will offer opportunities to explore a wide range of approaches to comics-making, including poetic, abstract and wordless comics. Students will also dive deep into their creative process, discovering and developing their own taste and style, as well as a way of working that’s productive and sustainable. This course will require consistent independent work in between classes, with weekly homework including readings and exercises. Please note: the emphasis is on readings, assignments and in-class exercises; there are only a few workshops.

Writing Fiction II - WRIT FICTION 2

CRWR 459Q 2023 W Credits: 3

An advanced workshop class in writing fiction. Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.

ARMSTRONG, THEODORA

This advanced 3-credit fiction class will meet in person once a week to explore the novel/novella form. Expanding on the fundamental story-telling skills developed in 409, this class will give students the opportunity to work for an entire term on their own large-scale fiction project. Students will learn how to create solid groundwork for a book-length work by developing their skills in outlining, research, and worldbuilding. Through craft discussions and exercises, we will examine key elements of the novel, such as writing a captivating first chapter, establishing and escalating conflict, and layering image patterns and motifs, as well as deepening skills in crafting a narrative voice and creating compelling characters. Students will share several chapters from their book-in-progress with the opportunity to workshop in full class or small group sessions, as well as one-on-one with the instructor. Students taking this course should be motivated, self-directed writers with some vision of their project in mind before they begin the term. Bring your big story ideas and come to this class ready to explore, create, and collaborate with generosity.

Advanced Writing of Poetry I - ADV POETRY I

CRWR 501O 2023 S Credits: 3

MUSGRAVE, SUSAN | TATER, MALLORY

CRWR 501P 2023 W Credits: 3

TATE, BRONWEN | MUSGRAVE, SUSAN | WARRENER, SHERYDA

Don’t Write Alone: Crafting Poetry in Conversation

This course offers a deep exploration of what it means to approach writing as always after, in conversation, in relation. We’ll begin by reflecting on the many sources of influence and inspiration—chosen and imposed, joyful and fraught—that we bring to the shared space of the class. Each student will then choose a poet and a poetic element for a sustained apprenticeship experience. Over the weeks of the term, students will invite others into their process by designing an introduction, writing prompt, and questions for conversation emerging out of their apprenticeship. We will write a lot, read new work out loud, discuss process and practice, and occasionally pause for group critique. Throughout the course, we’ll explore the possibilities of new technologies (like the wiki) and old technologies (like the commonplace book) for organizing information, distilling insight, and sparking inspiration as we read and write together.

My aim is to help those who have grown up in fear and/or love of poetry attain a new perspective: "What they say "there are no words for" — that's what poetry is for.” Through a combination of workshopping, online craft lectures, writing exercises, and essays for discussion we will examine techniques and approaches to some central elements of the poet’s craft—the music of the line; rhyme and repetition; abstractions (for and against); voice or presence; imagery, metaphor and simile, the stanza, the title, revision, and, of course, getting published.

“Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.” - William Hazlitt

In this course, you will experiment with assembling longer poems from a series or sequence of smaller parts. Together, we’ll ask: How do individual poems speak to one another across a collection? Where might longer poems come from, and what capacities and resources make them possible? This inquiry will begin as an exploration of your own collections (facts, objects, memories), accompanied by close readings of contemporary poets working in sequential modes. We will re-imagine the workshop as an atelier, where writing emerges from rigorous experimentation and through the process of artistic inquiry. You’ll be required to attend class, engage with assigned readings, and participate in discussions, self-directed field trips, presentations, and workshops. The pre-writing and generative writing activities, as well as your individual creative research, will lead naturally to a cycle, series, suite, or sequence of poems unified by subject, mode, and form.

CRWR 501Q 2023 W Credits: 3

NICHOLSON, CECILY | MUSGRAVE, SUSAN

This course centres on revision as an integral aspect of the writing process. Students engaged in a poetry practice are invited to advance current work in the company of other poets, coalescing existing poems and opening the work to further contemplation. What constitutes a body of work? What elements or methods generate cohesion in your poems? What do you look for when editing poetry? And, how do you know a work-in-progress is complete? Students can expect to collaborate and dialogue as we explore multiple writing and revision techniques, drawing on new possibilities and forming fresh iterations of previous work. Alongside our written practice we will read and compare successive poetry projects from writers such as Larissa Lai, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Chris Nealon, and M. NourbeSe Philip. Following a process of revision, research, and rewriting, our final project will be a chapbook-length collection formed from a suite, series, or lengthening of previously written poems.

POETIC FORMS for the innocent, the eager, and the reluctant.

There is so much more to form than the traditional rhyming couplet, which seems to be heavily featured by budding poets who haven’t read contemporary poetry. In this course, we will look at diverse poetic forms from around the world, from the Abecedarian and ae freislighe (Irish form) to the Zejel, a form invented by a ninth century Hispano-Muslim poet, as well as the more established poetic forms (like sestinas and ghazals) and newer invented forms such as the Duplex, Golden Shovels and Blitz and Fibs.

A confession: poetic forms have long intimidated me. But learning about them, as I have allowed myself to do over the years, has, I admit, opened my   mind to the infinite possibilities. By the end of this course I hope you will feel more confident of your craft, more flexible and alert to formal choices and (among other things) to the powers of repetition and variation, to the frictions and complicities of sentence and line.

Advanced Writing for Children I - ADV WRIT CHILD I

CRWR 503P 2023 W Credits: 3

Advanced writing for Children and Young Adults, with an emphasis on picture books and early chapter books. The course focuses on genre-specific and critical readings as well as weekly writing exercises. Students are expected to complete two picture book manuscripts and one early chapter book. Peer feedback and revision are core principles of this course. Emphasis on narrative, poetry, sound, visual language, and the thrill of being a kid again.  

Advanced Writing for Children and Young Adults, with an emphasis on picture books and early chapter books. The course focuses on genre-specific and critical readings as well as weekly writing exercises. Students are expected to complete two picture book manuscripts and one early chapter book. Peer feedback and revision are core principles of this course. Emphasis on narrative, poetry, sound, visual language, and the thrill of being a kid again.  

CRWR 503Q 2023 W Credits: 3

KYI, TANYA | SCOTT, JORDAN

Prepare to embrace curiosity and wonder. This course is an interactive journey through the world of children’s literature, from picture books to young adult novels. We’ll explore narrative devices, character development, and wordplay through weekly activities and in-depth assignments. Workshop participants will give thoughtful feedback on writing by fellow students, and will submit a work or excerpt for young children as well as one for tweens or teens, along with a final revision. Students will leave the class with a broad understanding of the purpose and possibilities of contemporary writing for children.

An advanced workshop class in writing for children. This course relies on multiple manuscript submissions with a focus on editing and revision. As our schedule will focus on group critique, this course will be most useful for students who already have a general understanding of the genre conventions and craft vocabulary of picture books and early chapter books. Students are permitted to bring in material they have already started.

Advanced Writing of Creative Non-Fiction I - ADV CRTV N-FIC I

CRWR 505O 2023 S Credits: 3

TAYLOR, TIMOTHY

CRWR 505P 2023 W Credits: 3

MARZANO-LESNEVICH, ALEX | CATRON, MANDY

The Fractured, the Lyric, the Imaginary

This course examines the relationship between form and content in contemporary creative nonfiction. What possibilities might transcending genre conventions via formal experimentation, rupture, or imagined scenes offer for creating work that is, counterintuitively, more deeply true or nonfictional? We’ll consider a wide range of essays and excerpts from longer work and together derive principles of productive rupture. Students will have weekly ungraded writing assignments that will build to the workshopping of one short work and one long. These may be stand-alone pieces or excerpts from an ongoing larger project.

In this course, we will focus on Creative Nonfiction as a practice for looking more deeply at ourselves and more widely at the world around us. In our pursuit of the truth, we get to ask big questions. And, in attempting to answer them, we are forced to become more curious and attentive, to examine our own assumptions and biases, and to create space to imagine new ways of being in the world.

This semester, we'll spend the first half of the term on a series of CNF writing experiments--in memory, research, immersion, and reflection--imagining each as a mode of inquiry into self and the world. In the second half of the term, we'll turn our experiments into essays, sharing our work in structured peer workshops.

This course will be offered on Canvas in a fully asynchronous format. It welcomes those who are new to creative nonfiction as well as experienced CNF writers.

CRWR 505Q 2023 W Credits: 3

CATRON, MANDY | MARZANO-LESNEVICH, ALEX

Memoir Beyond the ‘Me’

This course considers the contemporary memoir and personal essay as sites of storytelling. How is the story of a person always also the story of a place, a time, and sociopolitical forces beyond the individual? We will read a wide variety of published work, with an eye to examining how writers evoked effects simultaneously intimate and large. Students should expect to turn in ungraded assignments weekly and to write one shorter work and one long. These may be stand-alone pieces or excerpts from an ongoing larger project.

Advanced Writing of Drama for Screen I - ADV DRAM SCRN I

CRWR 506O 2023 S Credits: 3

GRAEFE, SARA

CRWR 506P 2023 W Credits: 3

HOPKINS, ALLAN

Instructor: Zac Hug

Every movie you have ever loved started as a feeling inside someone’s heart, and the expression of that feeling involves a good deal of emotional work. Movies also involve a good deal of what’s called “story math.” In this online graduate workshop, we blend the former with the latter. With a focus on beginning, middle, and end, we’ll take a look at finding an idea that can sustain a feature length story, and break down the mechanics of three act, five act, and nine act structure ( psst , they’re all similar). We’ll talk about how early humans used story to create fire, we’ll watch a few movies, and we’ll write an entire film treatment. We’ll then move on to the key scenes of a feature-length film project (90-120 minutes) and prepare each other to finish the script. More importantly, we’ll ask some questions about your voice as a writer and use it to how to create a visual story on the page. We’ll figure out how to do all of that without relying on flashbacks. Original stories, please. (No adaptations, as that goes beyond the scope of the course.)

CRWR 506Q 2023 W Credits: 3

MEDVED, MAUREEN | GRAEFE, SARA

In this advanced, online screenwriting workshop, we focus specifically on writing for film. We will explore techniques for creating, developing and writing a long-form screenplay (a.k.a. feature film, 90-120 minutes), from initial pitch to treatment to early pages of script. Original stories only please; no adaptations, as this goes beyond the scope of the course. We will also screen movies and examine screenwriting structure, formatting, craft and business skills.

Filmmaking is a collaborative art involving other creatives, where the script serves as the blueprint for the finished film. In this course, you will be exploring and uncovering your own unique voice and sensibility as a screenwriter while also learning about North American film industry rules and conventions. You will complete this course with a sense of where your work fits in the marketplace, and with a set of professional skills to help you survive and thrive as a writer in this collaborative industry.

Advanced Writing of Drama for the Stage I - ADV DRMA STG I

CRWR 507P 2023 W Credits: 3

CRWR 507Q 2023 W Credits: 3

KONCAN, FRANCES | ROY, ANUSREE

Advanced Writing for Graphic Forms I - ADV GRAPHC FRM I

CRWR 508P 2023 W Credits: 3

Note : This is an Opt Res course, but it is open to on-campus students as well, as it is the only offering of 508. All Opt Res courses run online asynchronously over a 27-hour period.

Advanced Writing of Fiction I - ADV WRT FICTN I

CRWR 509N 2023 S Credits: 3

LYON, ANNABEL

CRWR 509O 2023 S Credits: 3

CRWR 509P 2023 W Credits: 3

MAILLARD, KEITH | RAMADAN, AHMAD | MEDVED, MAUREEN | OHLIN, ALIX

For each class I will send students a Zoom link.

The purpose of this workshop is to help students write excellent fiction. Many workshops move toward final draft too quickly and encourage feedback that is largely editorial. We, however, will explore the writing of fiction anywhere on a spectrum from the earliest exploratory stages to polished final drafts. Editorial feedback is not appropriate for story ideas in their earliest stages when they are often incoherent, vague, and fragile; students will be encouraged to resubmit these early drafts until they begin to cohere. As stories move closer to completion, higher degrees of editorial feedback become appropriate. Students should expect to submit written material at least three times during the term, and they will be required to bring one of their stories to polished final draft or close to it. The social environment in this workshop should be warm, friendly, supportive, and cooperative. Students who like courses with fixed and unvarying syllabi so that they will know exactly what they will be doing in any class throughout the term should seriously consider not taking this course. The syllabus is variable and will change in response to students needs and interests.

Times Before / Times to Come

This course will examine fiction set in times other than our own. For the first half of the semester, we’ll focus on historical fiction; for the second half of the semester, we’ll focus on writing the future. This will not be a traditional workshop. Instead, we’ll focus on close reading, craft analysis, generative prompts, and in-class assignments. By the end of term, you will have written first drafts of two short stories, one in each of these two modes (past and future), and you’ll also provide a substantive revision of one of these two drafts.

Some of the craft topics we’ll address include approaches to incorporating research, ethical considerations, voice, and how fictions from both times before and times to come essentially speak to our present.

Readings will include short stories by Andrea Barrett, P. Djèlí Clark, Ted Chiang, and jaye simpson.

Dream, make, destroy, discuss, and learn the magic of fiction writing.

This is a workshop for graduate writers of any combination of short and long fiction - short stories, micro or flash fiction, poetry/fiction/other hybrid, or chapters from a novel or novella.

The course will be mainly asynchronous with a weekly 27-hour workshop on Canvas. The rest of the week, you will produce your own fiction, read the scheduled writing of your cohort, and actively work through the weekly craft threads. We will explore fiction techniques as well as approaches to narrative and the process of writing (including revision) and examine subjects such as appropriation and literary citizenship. Excellent works of fiction and craft essays will be our texts, and we will discuss these in the context of our work in class. You will be asked to write your own tiny craft essay during this course and share it with your cohort. Students may be invited to attend Zoom sessions both in a group and one-on-one.

You are welcome to explore any form of fiction with the exception of formula or genre writing – romance, science fiction, crime, mystery – unless you spin the genre and make it new. The goal is to understand how to identify the strengths and challenges of your own work, so that you can return to your writing again and again with skill and confidence.

Repeat customers are welcome.

In this class, we’ll come together as a community to read, write, explore, dream, and play with short stories. The class will include substantial conversations about craft and assigned readings—both fiction and essays about writing. Among the many things we’re likely to discuss are: structure, point of view, techniques to develop and deepen characterization; the establishment and maintenance of narrative and stylistic urgency; the engines of form and language; and how meaning can be made from images and other tools. The first half of the semester will be focused on generating new work, experimenting, establishing a shared craft vocabulary, and building trust. The second half of the semester will move into workshop discussions of a complete short story draft. The semester’s work will culminate in a final portfolio and reflective essay. Overall, this workshop aims to push students to take risks with their work, to hone their ambitions, and to develop a sophisticated understanding of the myriad possibilities of fiction.

CRWR 509Q 2023 W Credits: 3

OSWORTH, AUSTEN | MAILLARD, KEITH | OHLIN, ALIX

This graduate-level class will focus on weekly writing that adds up to a larger work and is perfect for those writing in longer forms (novellas or novels). This process-oriented course emphasizes self-analysis, experiments in both form and generation techniques, and integration of feedback into revision. All workshop components will use a Radical Praise model.

Note: this course will be taught ONLINE by Keith Maillard.

Advanced Writing for Lyric Forms I - ADV LYRIC FORM I

CRWR 511Q 2023 W Credits: 3

Advanced Writing for Television I - ADV WRIT TV I

CRWR 514P 2023 W Credits: 3

The purpose of the workshop is to create your own original one-hour TV series concept and pilot script, via three modules with peer and instructor reviewed assignments: series concept, pilot beat sheet (brief outline), and draft pilot script. Concurrently, your peer review reflections and contributions in the writers’ room group/s will build your TV writing and story editing skills. Essentially, while you create and write a brand-new TV series, you also act and serve as story editor on other series. While the class is not prescriptive, per se, the mission of a writer’s room is to creatively and speculatively engage, to bring your years of TV-series chops to the table, to brainstorm, to ask “what if?” while always supporting the creator/writer’s vision.

The course is front-loaded with dramaturgical grids, rubrics for each assignment, readings on structure and the industry, as well as sample pilot scripts. The course concludes with excerpted pilot table reads by a peer cast.

Participation: critically thoughtful and constructive written feedback prior to the workshop discussion, collaboration with an in-class TV partner and/or small group, as well as your attendance contribute considerably to the grading component.

This advanced workshop takes a strong look at creating serialized television: from idea to development to outline to draft. Using a combination of lecture, workshop, television writer’s room methodology, and quite a bit of writing time - students will create the world of their TV shows on three levels: series, season, and finally, a pilot that students will generate over the fall and winter terms. Term One will focus on the development and outline stage of television writing, while Term Two will focus on a first draft of a pilot episode and a hybrid pitch/bible document. Students will also screen various television shows and scenes that illustrate character development, projecting future story, tying theme to a plot, and the ins and outs of a solid act out.   Please note that this course will be taught in Canvas.

This course will be taught by Zac Hug .

CRWR 514Q 2023 W Credits: 3

The purpose of the workshop is to create your own original half-hour TV series concept and pilot script, via three modules with peer and instructor reviewed assignments: series concept, pilot beat sheet (brief outline), and draft pilot script. Concurrently, your peer review reflections and contributions in the writers’ room group/s will build your TV writing and story editing skills. Essentially, while you create and write a brand-new TV series, you also act and serve as story editor on other series. While the class is not prescriptive, per se, the mission of a writer’s room is to creatively and speculatively engage, to bring your years of TV-series chops to the table, to brainstorm, to ask “what if?” while always supporting the creator/writer’s vision.

The course is front-loaded with dramaturgical grids, rubrics for each assignment, readings on structure and the industry, as well as sample half-hour pilot scripts. The course concludes with excerpted pilot table reads by a peer cast.

CRWR 519Q 2023 W Credits: 3

Advanced writing of speculative fiction, including fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, horror, folk tales, and weird stories. Emphasis on reading examples from the subgenres and peer feedback.

CRWR 521P 2023 W Credits: 3

Advanced study of contemporary Indigenous writing in North America across genres focusing on the production of critical and creative writing about coloniality, race, history, and identity. A maximum of 6 credits is permitted from CRWR 420, CRWR 521.

This course is an investigation of trends and debates in contemporary Indigenous writing in Canada and the United States. We will study the ways Indigenous writers approach subjects such as history, colonialism, trauma, politics, identity, ethics, representation, and power; students will explore these subjects and reflect on how they relate to their own writing practices through a range of critical and creative modes and across genres.

CRWR 525P 2023 W Credits: 3

Advanced workshop-based class focused on writing related to climate change and environmental issues; emphasis on reading various genres and peer feedback. Restricted to graduate students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing. A maximum of 6 credits is permitted between CRWR 425 and 525.

We’ll consider these questions through reading, discussion, and creative work. Students will produce climate-focused writing in several genres (poetry, nonfiction, fiction), culminating in a final portfolio and reflective essay. Students will be expected to read and write widely; to conduct research into climate issues and create artistic work related to that research; and to provide thoughtful, constructive responses to the work of their peers in the class.

CRWR 530 2023 W Credits: 3

KYI, TANYA | TATER, MALLORY

As writers, our creativity isn’t limited to the page. It takes that same creativity and resilience to grow a sustainable writing career. CRWR 530 will teach students the basics of book publishing, marketing, and promotion and prepare students. Students will learn how to pitch their work to literary publications as well as to develop a professional writing practice outside of class deadlines. The course will contain lectures and support on grant applications, publications and will feature online discussions through Canvas with an emphasis on the importance of community and self-care. As students complete each assignment, they will hone the skills necessary to handle the business side of their writing career.

Teaching Creative Writing - TEACH CR WRIT

CRWR 550Q 2023 W Credits: 3

In this hands-on course, students will design, try out, and reflect on assignments and lesson plans for a prospective creative writing class. Drawing on perspectives from writers, teachers, and education scholars including Mathew Salesses, Liz Lerman, Paisley Rekdal, Carol Dweck, Felicia Rose Chavez, and James Lang, we’ll think together about how to teach each part of the writing process. We will explore strategies for inclusive teaching and weigh the benefits of various workshop structures, and as well digging into thorny issues like how to handle challenging classroom dynamics and how to grade creative work.

Throughout the course, we’ll keep the student experience at the heart of our inquiry, and consider how our teaching goals and methods might vary depending on different formats (small workshop or large lecture, in-person or online) and contexts (university, public library, private workshop, prison, or community center). Students will support one another in developing a teaching persona and practice informed by scholarship on teaching and learning and enriched by individual experiences, strengths, and commitments. The course will be held asynchronously via Canvas with a few optional synchronous small-group sessions and will be assessed on a Credit/No Credit basis.

This course is open to on-campus and optional-residency students; 6 spaces have been reserved for each program for the initial enrolment window, after which slots can be allocated to students in either stream upon request. This course is not open to first-year MFA students in order to prioritize those closer to the end of their degree.

Advanced Writing for Graphic Forms II - ADV GRAPHC FRMII

CRWR 558Q 2023 W Credits: 3

Over the course of the term, students will develop a solid foundation for a book-length project, including a proposal, outline, script, thumbnail sketches and finished chapters. In addition to creating these items, students will develop collaborative and supportive working relationships within the class, meet and interview professional cartoonists, and closely study and analyze book-length comics. Students will also build skills for sustaining, developing and refining their creative practice in the long term. Please note: While this course offers many opportunities to connect and engage with fellow students, the emphasis is on readings, exercises, and assignments that support your independent progress on your project. There are only a few workshops.

Notes : This is an on-campus course, but is open to opt-res students as well, as it is the only offering of 558. The class will be delivered synchronously online for two hours each week.

Prerequisite: CRWR 508 or permission of instructor

Advanced Special Projects in Creative Writing - ADV PROJCTS CRWR

CRWR 570N 2023 S Credits: 3

CRWR 570Q 2023 W Credits: 3

This is a grad level CNF workshop with a twist: it’s for CRWR MFA’s as well as physics students from UBC’s Quantum Matter Institute. We’re going to be working on the skills to produce popular, persuasive science writing, such as might appear in Scientific American, National Geographic, Discovery, Nature, or any one of many similar publications. There is a big market for this kind of writing. And as with students in my regular 505 CNF course, I would anticipate publication opportunities for many of you.

What will these articles be about?

Quantum stuff! It’s a wild and crazy field, let me tell you. And one of the most exciting aspects of this course is that YOU will have access to researchers at QMI. I’ve been working with QMI for about a year on another project. And I’ve spoken with researchers doing a range of mind boggling things, like developing quantum computers that use photons as bits, manufacturing super-strong materials only a single atom thick, and working with some of the most out-of-this-world equipment you can imagine, like microscopes that map the surface of individual atoms, and refrigerators that can cool things down to less than 10 microKelvin. That’s a few hundredths of a degree above Absolute Zero folks. And that is, well, VERY COOL. Pick an area of research that fascinates you. Interview some people and think about why this research might just possibly change the entire WORLD. There’s your article.

Why should I consider this course?

 In addition to the cool factor, consider that we’ve never needed persuasive and truthful writing about science more than we do today. There’s a lot of skepticism out there, much of it the product of ignorance, prejudice, and political manipulation. Writers can contribute to positive change by writing persuasively about science. Researchers can contribute similarly by being able to talk persuasively about their work.

Directed Reading - DIRECTED READING

CRWR 590A 2023 W Credits: 3

CRWR 599 2023 W Credits: 6

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Our Short Story Writing course is an intensive course in which you work independently through a series of lessons covering specific aspects of the writing process. Learn to create the three types of marketable short stories: one flash-fiction short story (up to 250 words), one short-length short story (up to 1500 words), and one full-length short story (up to 3500 words). Submit work via email, and receive comprehensive individual feedback on each submission.

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CRN : W46292 Delivery Method: Self-directed Online Date(s) Day(s) Time Location(s) Date(s): 17 Jan 2024 – 03 Apr 2024 Day(s): — Time: — Location(s): Online (self-directed) Hours: 36 Fee: $272 Teacher(s): Richard Scarsbrook CRN Delivery Method Note : Self-directed online classes use a learning management system ( LMS ) and offer teacher email support. A welcome letter with details about the LMS will be emailed to you. Last Day to Register: 22 Jan 2024 CRN is Closed

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Writing is an art that helps a person express his/her deepest thoughts and emotions freely, creatively, and artistically. Creativity lies in the depth of every heart. Expressing oneself creatively is the game, and writing is one of the top ways to do that. Creative writing can include many expressions of writing like fiction, poetry, essay, and biographies. This kind of writing uses literary tropes and the like. If you want to explore the creative side of yourself, these creative writing courses in Canada can help you build your creative muscle and make you a pro at writing.

List of best creative writing courses in Canada

Creative Writing and Its Types-

Expressing the thoughts, emotions, and ideas of a person creatively through writing is creative writing. The writer’s imagination and perception are the two most important ingredients of creative writing. The scope of creative writing is boundless and practically has no limitations. There are no set rules to adhere to while writing creatively.

The writer’s words are the magic of creative writing that hooks readers to the creativity of the writer. Creative writing can include imaginative writing like novels, short stories, scripts, journals, essays, and speeches. It can also include writings on the technical side such as Academic writing, research papers, technical papers, etc.

There is no such thing as only some people being born with the muscle of creativity. Inherent creativity is present in every human. Some people are just better at expressing themselves creatively. Creativity is a muscle that can be trained and writing is a skill that can be learned through proper guidance and practice.

The most common type of creative writing is used for storytelling. Fiction includes novels, short stories, and scripts. In fiction writing, the writer creatively expresses his/her original stories and imagination.

Biographies

Biography is a type of creative writing where the writer writes about a famous personality, about their life, and the struggles that they had to face in order to achieve their dreams and goals. Biographies serve as a motivational and inspirational piece of information about someone’s life that has the potential to change and motivate the reader.

Essays are a type of creative writing where the writer has to present information creatively yet precisely. It has an element of analysis of the given subject and also showcases the knowledge of the writer on the given subject.

Speech writing is a type where the writer has to have a clear knowledge of the subject, his audience, and the structure of the speech. In speech writing, humor, poetry, and prose are also involved to make it more creative and entertaining for the audience.

Academic Writing and Research Paper-

Academic writing and research papers are a part of scholarly publications in universities and research centers. The writer has to involve himself in deep research of the subject, and it includes many kinds of research to bring forth academic writing and research papers. These kinds of writings include precision, concision, and structure, and have to be written keeping in mind the evidence.

Key Ingredients In Creative Writing-

Creative writers need to keep in mind a structure when they begin writing. The writing should flow like a river and not get stagnated in one place because that looks disorganized and also gives a hard time to the readers which is not a good idea at all. In order to make it page-turning writing, the writer must follow these-

  • A character is central to a story. The entire story, plot, and theme revolve around the character. The character could be anything or anyone. The task of the writer is to make the character easy to fathom and interesting.
  • Next is the plot of the story. It is crucial that the writer develops a solid plot that tells the story and emphasizes the character so that the story doesn’t fail to reach the audience.
  • Then comes the style of writing. A writer must be aware of the style of writing that is adopted by them. Every writer has a unique style of writing and adopting that unique style is the best way to authentically express the writer’s imagination and perspective.
  • Finally, the theme on which the writing is based. The Theme is where it all starts. Before starting to write, the writer has to get a clear picture of the theme and then design the character, plot, and settings if any. The theme is the foundation and the basis of the story.

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Ways To Become a Creative Writer

There are a few tips and tricks to get better at creatively expressing your thoughts on paper/ screen. Even the most established creative writers started from scratch with these tips to establish their status as creative writers.

  • The most important thing to do, if you plan to dip your feet in the water of creative writing, is to start reading. Read. Just read anything. Try to explore various kinds of topics and find for yourself what interests and ignites you. Reading is the basis of writing. The more you read, the more proficient you’ll be in writing, the more ideas you will start to get, and also reading will help you find a niche for yourself.
  • Start writing your ideas and imagination. Just start somewhere. Write short but consistently. Even if it is 100 words a day, write every single day. It is important to establish a daily writing practice. It could look like diary writing where you just jot down your thoughts on a piece of paper. Whenever you are struck by an idea, start practicing the habit of writing it down.
  • Don’t worry if your ideas are bad or mistakes are made, you will always have room for improving and editing them. It is also important to have a goal to write well. Don’t have much expectation of becoming the best with your first piece of the story. To become the best consistency, effort and practice are required which will come to you when you keep at it.
  • Explore different kinds and styles of writing and see for yourself what suits you best and then work on it. It is important to find your niche not only in the subjects that you like to write about but also in the style of writing which makes a huge difference in the way you write and reach out to your readers.
  • Start developing a practice of writing for readers. Know who your audience will be and start writing for them. You will find a reason to hone your writing skills because you need an objective, a purpose to write. If there is no one to read your work, there will not be a reason for you to write. You have to write in a way that not only is your writing comprehensible to the readers but also, captures their attention till the last word is written.
  • Keep improving your imagination. When you write, your story brings out all sorts of images that you can possibly have, and explore and experiment with each of them and see how can you make your storyline more interesting, thrilling, and even unpredictable. No doubt we all love an unpredictable story full of twists.
  • Stay open to advice and sometimes criticism that can come from your readers or mentors. It only opens the doorway to improvement which is very important in getting better at writing. Approach creative writing with an open mind to learn at every moment.

Top 7 Creative Writing Courses in Canada-

If you have read this article now, you must be wondering about the creative writing courses in Canada that you can straight away dive into for becoming a proficient creative writer. Canada offers some really good creative writing courses, and degree programs both on undergraduate and postgraduate levels that can help you a great deal in establishing a career as a Creative Writer.

1. IIM Skills

IIM Skills has garnered a great reputation and ranks at the top for providing online education across the world. It is one of the best options for creative writing courses in Canada. Founded in 2015, IIM Skills has thousands of happy and satisfied students across the globe. The courses are conducted online live and students can interact with trainers.

The courses are designed by experienced people in the field. The students are trained by trainers who have a great experience in the subject. The writing course that IIM Skills provides is the Content Writing Course . This is perhaps one of the most famous, on-demand, and solid options for a writing course for anyone who wishes to learn from scratch about writing and all its nitty gritty.

This course is conducted online with Live classes. You will get 16 hours of lectures and assignments for the week. The trainers also help you to use all the free tools that are required for the purpose of the course. You will be given an opportunity for an internship. Lifetime access to the study materials and recorded sessions is also given to you so that you can keep coming back to them whenever you falter.

Post-completion of the course, you will be given a global certification for completing the course. The curriculum of this Content Writing Master Course includes an introduction to content writing, creative writing, business listing, legal writing, WordPress web development, social media writing, video scripts, email writing , resume writing, SEO, Affiliate marketing , Adsense, freelance writing and much more.

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2. University of Victoria

The University of Victoria is a leading research-oriented university in Canada. This University got its degree-granting status in 1963 but can be traced back to 1903 to Victoria College which is the predecessor institution of this University. The University caters to students worldwide and ensures an academic environment that combines the elements of dynamic learning, vital impact, and extraordinary academic environment.

This can be considered one of the best options for creative writing courses in Canada if you are looking for an in-depth study of creative writing. This University has a department of writing which offers a Bachelor’s degree as well as a Master’s degree in Creative writing.  For the bachelor’s degree in creative writing, the University offers courses such as Undergraduate writing programs that help you to develop writing skills in genres of poetry, creative fiction, fiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Professional writing minor courses involve subjects of journalism, media, and publishing. The university also allows you to study a minor in creative writing that involves storytelling. Anyone who wishes to enroll in the Bachelor’s degree in writing at this University can take up these programs to enhance their degrees for a better career path in writing.

The Bachelor’s degree is completed within the span of 4 years. The University of Victoria also allows students to pursue a Master’s degree in Fine arts in writing. In this duration, you will be adept with the knowledge of creative writing in genres like fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and screenwriting. The Master’s degree in Fine arts in writing makes you skilled in teaching about writing which can again be a great option for a career if you are interested in teaching.

If you are interested to know more about the courses that they offer and eligibility for enrolment, please visit https://www.uvic.ca

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3. University of Windsor

The University of Windsor is a very well-reputed University in Canada that caters to students worldwide. This University provides a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs and attracts thousands of students from across the globe as this University is student-focused and comprehensive in its approach.

The University is very serious with the support given to the students in terms of well-being, finance, academy, career, and the like. It is a great option for creative writing courses in Canada. The Department of English provides creative writing courses and degree programs that are sought after and are one of the oldest in Canada.

The creative writing programs are combined with literature and language. The students who enroll in creative writing courses can graduate by way of Honours or BA combined Honours in English and Creative writing. Intensive creative workshops are conducted so that the students get well equipped with different writing styles and techniques, and also get introduced to many published authors.

To know more about eligibility and course structure, please visit https://www.uwindsor.ca

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4. University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies

University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies was founded in 1974 and is famous for providing creative writing courses in Canada which attract students from across the globe who wish to pursue a career in Canada. This School has a variety of courses under the wing of creative writing.

They practically cover all the fields of creative writing which gives an ample opportunity for a student to choose from a wide range of courses under creative writing. The classes are delivered in online, offline, and hybrid modes. It depends on the student which mode to choose from for delivery of class and training.

The courses are divided into categories of Creative writing for fiction, non-fiction, literary fiction, poetry, screenwriting, mystery and suspense writing, fiction for children, writing short fiction, memoirs, life stories, writing for television, and the like.

To know more details about the courses in creative writing, please visit https://www.utoronto.ca

5. University of New Brunswick

The University of New Brunswick is one of the oldest English language universities in Canada and is one of the most sought-after names for creative writing courses in Canada. The University leads itself based on research and innovation and is focused on entrepreneurial success. The Faculty of Arts provides a degree in Bachelor of Arts and creative writing is included in this degree course.

It is available within English Honours and/or Major Programs. The duration of completing this bachelor’s degree is 4 years. The learner will be facilitated to learn about various topics in the degree program and will be adept in writing for different audiences, analyzing and organizing writings, logical reasoning, analytically reading, creative thinking, and ideas.

This University also provides a Master’s degree in English (Creative Writing). The duration of this master’s degree is 20 months. Students who wish to enroll in this program get to combine academic and creative courses and write a thesis that needs to have a book-length and the genre can be opted as per their choice. This program gives a student expertise in major genres of creative writing such as poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting as well as nonfiction.

To know in detail about the Undergraduate degree programs in creative writing, please visit https://www.unb.ca

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6. Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning has garnered a good global reputation over the last 50 years for imparting career-oriented training to students across the globe and it makes one of the satisfying options for those who are looking for creative writing courses in Canada. This college is known for assisting students in work placements post-completion of the courses and programs.

This College Provides 3 Programs in Creative Writing.

1. Bachelor of Creative and Professional Writing is pursued as an Honours degree which is divided into 8 semesters. This degree course ensures for a student to transform their passion for writing into a satisfying worthy career. The curriculum includes an introduction to creative writing, media writing fundamentals, social media writing , photography fundamentals, storytelling, poetry, fiction and nonfiction writing, editing essentials, multimedia design, web, etc.

By the end of this course, you will learn in-depth about the influences of evolving media in cultural context, identification of key structures and characteristics in creative work for writing proficiency, conducting research for professional and creative writing backed by evidence and research, writing for getting published, and much more.

2. Creative Writing- Fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry is a graduate certificate program that allows you to improve your writing skills from the convenience of being located anywhere as the classes are held online. You will get the opportunity to learn one-on-one with a writer- mentor appointed to you and you will get the opportunity to hone your writing skills, and improve and improvise on your short stories, poems, memoirs , novels, and essays.

You will also learn all about developing a theme, plot, characters, settings, and dialogue style. By the end of taking this graduate certificate course, you will find fulfillment in seeing your own body of work that would includes novels, poetry, short stories, etc.

3. Radio and media production is a graduate certificate course that you can complete in 3 semesters wherein you will develop skills to make engaging, interesting, and entertaining broadcasts and podcasts. You will be given the opportunity to get a hand on experience in radio production techniques, on-air announcements, hosting live music and public affairs programs, the performance of newscasting and sports reporting, interviewing techniques, and much more.

You get to learn the latest trends in broadcasting and this would help a big deal should you choose to establish a career in media production. Students who enroll in this graduate certificate get immersed in intensive classes and workshops with experts in the field.

To get more details on these programs, please visit https://www.humber.ca

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7. University of Concordia

The University of Concordia was founded in 1974 and is placed among the top-ranking universities worldwide catering to students without any geographical boundaries. This is a beneficial option for you if you are looking for creative writing courses in Canada. This university provides creative writing degree programs both on undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

For the undergraduate level, a Bachelor of Arts is provided by the Faculty of Arts and Science that can be pursued in Major, Minor, and Honours. The program duration is 3 to 4 years. There are three options to choose from-

  • Honors in English and Creative writing
  • Major in Creative writing
  • Minor in Creative writing

If you enroll for the undergraduate degree in creative writing, you will be taught how to approach literature from a writer’s point of view which would essentially help you build your craft under the guidance of experts and published writers.

The University also has a Master’s degree program in creative writing. There are three options to pursue a Master’s degree from this University and one of the options is Creative Writing with Thesis which is apt for someone looking to do a Master’s degree in creative writing.

To know more details about the degree programs of this university, please visit https://www.concordia.ca

Frequently Asked Questions-

1. what is the career opportunity after pursuing creative writing courses in canada.

After completing creative writing courses in Canada, you can become a journalist, screenwriter, novelist, full-time writer, or freelance writer. You can also work with the communication department and other governmental organizations. You can also work with radio broadcasting companies.

2. Can anyone do these creative writing courses in Canada?

For every university and institute, there is different eligibility which has to be met with to enroll for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Some learning platforms don’t even have an eligibility criterion. With so many courses available in creative writing courses in Canada, it is up to you what kind of courses are you looking for based on your requirements such as whether you want to get online classes or offline classes, whether you are looking for a certificate course or a degree program. Streamlining your needs will help you choose your course option.

3. Can anyone be creative and do well in creative writing?

I believe yes. Some people are born good at it and some people have to learn the art. Creativity is an acquired skill too. So, proper guidance and effort from your end will help you master the skill of creative writing.

Creative writing is a doorway to opening one’s heart to beautiful imaginations and ideas which when shared with the world makes it a better place to live in. It adds color to life, and from the point of view of a career, it is a great choice for pursuing as it will always remain on-demand, the world will always be in need of mind-blowing stories and soul-stirring poems. Creative writing courses in Canada can be taken up by everyone to hone their skills in writing and bring out the creative rhythm within a person. There are amazing creative writing courses in Canada and you will have no problem finding the right fit for a course. Just take that first step of finding yourself a course and let the rest unfold for you.

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Creative writing is a style of written content that focuses on the creativity you bring to the table. What makes a huge difference is the writer’s vibe and imagination, which adds a spark to the content. 

Well, you’ll be amused to know that one can gain these skills over a period of time because not everyone is a born writer. On this account, you can pursue several creative writing courses in Canada to hone the writer in you and gain significant skills to express yourself in language . You can learn this course at the master’s or bachelor’s level. Moreover, you can get a PG Certificate in Professional Writing and Communications from Canada. 

The demand for creative writers is burgeoning globally. As per Indeed, the average annual salary of a copywriter is $52,960. 

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Top Colleges

Since you are interested in studying creative writing courses, let us quickly look into Canada’s best universities for creative writing. We have added some colleges to the list for your reference – although these colleges offer diploma courses and graduate certificates. In contrast, universities provide bachelor’s and master’s in creative writing in Canada.

Top Programs

The top creative writing courses in Canada are broadly divided into two main categories – degrees and diplomas. The degree could be either undergraduate or postgraduate.

On the other hand, if you wish to gain job-ready skills to enhance your writing and be done with it in a short period, you could opt for an undergraduate or postgraduate diploma. 

  • Bachelor of Arts in English literature – Creative Writing
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Writing 
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program
  • Bachelor of Creative and Professional Writing (honors) 
  • Diploma in Creative Writing 

Specialization

You would find many bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English honors that allow you to specialize further and take extra courses for creative writing.

When we look into the creative writing courses in Canada specifically – there could be subdivisions in genres of creative writing. Common specializations under creative writing could be:

  • Narrative Essay
  • Creative nonfiction 
  • Short Story
  • Stage and Screenwriting 
  • Popular Fiction 
  • Poetry and Songwriting
  • Fiction Writing

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The duration of creative writing courses in Canada depends mainly on the type of course and university you choose. If you go for a bachelor’s degree in the domain, the duration would be four years, whereas a master’s degree could be over in a year or two at max.

On the contrary, a graduate certificate could also be for just eight months to twelve months, while an undergraduate diploma can last up to three years.

Eligibility Criteria

While most colleges and universities have their own set of eligibility criteria for courses and degrees, what separates creative writing courses in Canada is that you must also submit a writing portfolio in your application. We shall discuss both the generic and the specific requirements here. 

  • You would need to create an impressive portfolio of your writings
  • Some universities might require a minimum score of 75% or B+
  • You have to submit IELTS TRF (minimum score of 6.5-7.5), TOEFL (minimum score 90), or Duolingo score
  • SOP or motivation letter expressing your interests and future goals is a must

Moreover, the application package must also include your resume or professional CV. 

The fees for creative writing courses in Canada would vary as per the level of education and the university of college you choose for your studies. Before applying to any university, look at a few popular universities’ average tuition fees.

Tuition Fee for Popular Canadian Universities 

Source: University’s Website 

Which are the best universities in Canada for creative writing?

Some of the best universities in Canada for creative writing are – the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Waterloo.

Which course would be more beneficial in gaining writing skills?

Whether you take up a degree or diploma, a course will provide you with the skills to write effectively. The significant difference is that a diploma focuses only on delivering job-ready skills, whereas a degree equips you with all-around knowledge of the English language.

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Get ready to change your future when you decide to study Creative Writing in Canada.

People who have studied abroad said it not only improved their confidence but also gave them a better understanding of their cultural values and taught them worthwhile skills that influenced their future career.

When you decide to study in Canada, you can access universities that rank highly in Creative Writing, improving your job prospects. You also get the opportunity to stay back in Canada once you’ve graduated with a post-study work visa. There are plenty of universities on offer. Choose from 5 institutions and 9 courses.

The time is now to study abroad. It’s worth it, we promise.

Top 5 Creative Writing universities in Canada

  • Crandall University
  • Trent University
  • University of Regina
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • University of the Fraser Valley

Creative Writing fees in Canada

Tution fees will make up a large chunk of your costs. These will vary depending on which university you decide to study at, so do make sure you check with the institution.

There are also plenty of options to help cover the costs, such as scholarships. These can cover some or all tuition fees and other living expenses.

In general, you can expect tuition fees to range from:

  • Minimum fees in Creative Writing in Canada - £5,258
  • Maximum fees Creative Writing in Canada - £8,763

Student’s visa cost for studying Creative Writing in Canada

You need a student visa to study in Canada. Please see the table below for how much you will need to pay for the application and other potential costs.

Studying Creative Writing in Canada eligibility criteria

When applying to study abroad in any country, the documents you need tend to be pretty similar.

Some will vary depending on the institution, but we’ve outlined below the core documents you’ll need to make your application.

  • Academic transcripts
  • Application form
  • Letter of recommendation
  • English language proficiency test scores
  • Statement of purpose
  • Admissions test results

Post-study work permit after completing Creative Writing qualification in Canada

You’ll be pleased to know that once you’ve completed Creative Writing qualification in Canada you’ll be eligible to stay back and see work!

This is an excellent opportunity to put your degree to good use and begin your career. See the table below for how long you get to stay:

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Is a Creative Writing degree hard in the Canada?

Is it worth going to university in the canada for creative writing, why you choose canada rather than india to study creative writing, what do you need to study creative writing in the canada.

This can vary depending on the intuition, so ensure that you check. However, in general, you will need the following: 

  • Statement of purpose 
  • Admissions test results 
  • Undergraduate Creative Writing
  • Postgraduate Creative Writing

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List of best creative writing courses in Canada

Canada is one of the sought-after places to study abroad owing to its outstanding quality of education. Therefore, it consistently draws a wide range of businesses including writing firms. Creative writing courses in Canada have been in existence for a long time. However, more recently, there has been an increase in the popularity of creative writing among people, especially, young ones.

Understanding the Concept of Creative Writing:

Before you go through the best creative writing courses in Canada, let’s make you understand what it is all about. As the name suggests, creative writing is a style of writing where your thoughts, emotions, feelings, and ideas are expressed in an imaginative, innovative and creative way. It paints a visual image in the reader’s mind which is an artistic process.

It goes outside the limitations of typical genres of literature in which the reader is just left with facts and information. Psychology also makes use of creative writing as a therapeutic technique that helps to foster awareness of oneself and gives room for the expression of one’s feelings, alongside creating pieces of literature.

Importance of Creative Writing:

Creative writing can help you:

  • improve your cognitive performance and raises intellect.
  • increase vocabulary and grammatical skills.
  • foster compassion and understanding.
  • enhance imagination and creativity.
  • build self-confidence.

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Top 10 Creative Writing Courses in Canada:

1. certificate in content writing master course (cwmc) by iim skills.

IIM SKILLS is one of the top providers of online education services worldwide. It offers highly sought professional courses , and among them, the Content Writing Master Course (CWMC) is the most popular one which emphasizes creative writing in particular. The experienced instructors aid the learners to grasp each concept in great detail. This makes it one of the most effective creative writing courses in Canada.

IIM SKILLS follows an exceptional teaching approach where they assign projects and assignments after each live session so that each topic covered during the live session will be ingrained in the student’s mind. Once you enroll in the course, the assignments will truly make you feel confident enough to work on different writing types and genres.

After the 1 month of training, you will be taken to the 3 months internship program where you will be trained on the technical aspects of writing. During the internship, not will not only work for them but also get trained to launch yourself as a professional writer. Considering all these factors, IIM SKILLS should be your 1st choice for creative writing courses in Canada.

Duration : 1 month (20 hours of live lectures) of training + 3 months (10+ hours of lectures) of an optional internship program.

Who Are Eligible?

Students | working professionals | business people | entrepreneurs | marketers | bloggers | content writers | retired persons | homemakers | aspiring college dropouts

Mode of Learning: Online

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Content Writing Course Module:

  • Introduction to content writing
  • WordPress web development
  • Digital content
  • Copywriting
  • Marketing collaterals
  • Email writing
  • Social media writing
  • Video scripts
  • Creative writing
  • Business listing
  • Legal writing
  • Technical 101
  • Content marketing
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Freelance writing
  • Resume writing

Fee : Approx. 245.55 Canadian Dollar (inclusive of exam & certification fees) + 18% Taxes

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  • Digital Marketing Course
  • Technical Writing Course
  • Financial Modeling Course
  • Business Accounting And Taxation Course
  • CAT Coaching

Contact: +919580740740,  [email protected]

2. Creative Writing Certificate Course by the University of Calgary Continuing Education in Calgary, Canada

This course is provided online through Continuing Education. All of the faculty members are published authors who have won regional, national, and worldwide honors. You can consider this course one of the creative writing courses in Canada. Their course will help improve your writing skills while developing various new skills to become a professional. The trainers will assist you with the updated writing needs to stabilize yourself in the writing industry.

Duration : Approx. 12 – 18 months (200 hours)

  • Children or adults who aspire to write.
  • People who desire to switch jobs for artistic purposes.

Mode of Learning: Online / Offline

Course Module:

  • short assessment of Language rules, Punctuation Marks, and Logography
  • Copy Editing and Proofreading
  • Creative Writing Exploration & Final Project
  • Beginning to Write a Novel
  • Poetry Writing
  • Screenwriting: What Makes a Good Movie?
  • Writing: a Novel | Creative Non-Fiction | Mystery Fiction | Short Fiction | Science Fiction and Fantasy

Fee : Approx. $ 4,200 / Rs. 2,55,424 (exclusive of exam & certification fees)

Contact : +1 403 220 2866 / [email protected]

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3. Diploma in Writing and Publishing by Okanagan College in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

This is again a renowned place you should consider for learning creative writing. In this course, technical abilities in graphic design, typography, coding, and book publishing are combined with studies in English, creative writing, editing, and communications theory. This makes the course one of the sought-after creative writing courses in Canada.

Duration : 2 years

Requirements :

  • British Columbia Secondary Graduation, or equivalent.
  • English 12 with a minimum of 60%, or alternatives.

Mode of Learning: On Campus

  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Studies in Writing IV
  • Applied Publishing Skills
  • Design Foundations
  • Critical Writing & Reading
  • Communications
  • Intermediate Communications & Workshop in Creative Writing
  • Applied English Studies
  • Pre-production for Publishing
  • Web Development for Publishing
  • Studies in Professional Editing
  • Introduction to Publication Design
  • Advance Publication Design
  • Domestic Students: $ 10,060 / Rs. 6,12,303 (approx.)
  • International Students: $ 29,460 / Rs. 17,93,086 (approx.)

Contact : +1 877 755 2266 / [email protected]

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4. Creative Writing Diploma Course by Selkirk College in Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada

This is a well-known institution that has been educating learners for years to make them skilled. A poll found that 89% of students find the faculty’s interactions with them to be very inspiring in this college. This course is one of the ideal creative writing courses in Canada. It is the first place for many aspiring writers who are willing to learn the core of writing and master it with in-depth learning. If you are a native speaker, then this course will prove a great choice for you that will fulfill all your needs.

Requirements:

  • Students seeking admission must have completed Grade 12.
  • It is a mandate for the students whose native language is not English to submit their IELTS or TOEFL scores.
  • Studies in Writing
  • General UAS Elective
  • A Survey of English Literature
  • Domestic Students: $ 6,716 / Rs. 4,08,770 per year (approx.)
  • International Students: $ 28,092 / Rs. 17,09,822 per year (approx.)

Contact : +1 888 953 1133

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5. Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing (Minor), by the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada

The contribution of creative writing to our culture is reflected in this course, which covers everything from poetry, novels, and films to blogs, games, and journalism. The university’s faculty members presently hold 23 Canada Research Chair positions in the fields of engineering, health sciences, social sciences, and natural sciences. Opting to do this as one of the creative writing courses in Canada will open the gateway to wonderful opportunities that might not have otherwise been available.

Duration : 4 years

  • Students must have completed Grade 12 with a minimum average of 80% in the required academic stream.
  • You will be asked to provide proof of your English proficiency if English is not your first language, and you have completed under four years of full-time secondary school or post-secondary studies in an English-language system while making decent academic progress.
  • It is a mandate for the students whose native language is not English to submit their IELTS, CAEL, TOEFL, PTE, ELCP, or Duolingo English Test scores.
  • Canadians of Francophone descent who received their education here are exempted from the English Language Proficiency Requirement.
  • If you earned your International Baccalaureate diploma with English acting as the main language of instruction, you will also be regarded as having satisfied the English proficiency criterion.
  • Literature in English I & II: Reading the Past & Finding a Critical Voice
  • Elements of Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing: Prose/Poetry
  • Intermediate Writing Workshop for Fiction, Poetry & Screenwriting
  • Special Topics in Creative Writing Workshop
  • Writing for Performance
  • Classical Mythology
  • Epic Heroes and Poems
  • Latina/Literature and Cultural Production: Intro
  • Studies in Shakespeare & Early Modern Literature and Culture & the History of Literary Production
  • Seminar: Critical Practices & Literature and Social Change
  • Representation and Sexuality
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Law and Literature
  • Fairy, Trickster, and Mythical Hero
  • Sporting Bodies
  • The Supernatural & the Literature
  • Print Culture and Cinema
  • Literature: North American Native, Modern United States, Medieval, London, Canadian, British, Classics of French, Postcolonial Studies, Women & Children
  • Location, Culture, Identity: Marginalised Literature in Canada
  • History of the English Language
  • 20 th & 21 st Century Drama
  • Writing the United States
  • The Atlantic World
  • Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies
  • France: Literature and Society
  • Quebec: Literature and Society
  • Good and Evil
  • Storytelling in the Francophone World
  • Representing the Self
  • Women in Literature, Art, and Film
  • Songs, Lyrics, and Poetry in French
  • Fictions of Childhood
  • Myth and Fairy Tales in Germany
  • Holocaust & World War II in German Literature & Film
  • What Makes a Literary Classic?
  • Narratives of Migration
  • Renaissance Lovers and Fools
  • Hispanic Literary Studies
  • Literature and Arts I & II: Spain Pre-1936 & Latin America Pre-1950
  • Domestic Students: $ 30,452 / Rs. 18,47,299 (approx.)
  • International Students: $ 1,30,380 / Rs. 79,09,196 (approx.)

Contact : +1 519 824 4120 / [email protected]

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6. Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing (Major), by Concordia University in  Montreal, Quebec, Canada

As a student of creative writing, you will learn how to approach literature from the perspective of a writer as you hone your craft with the help of published authors and fellow students. In the domains of comparative politics, political theory, international relations, public administration, and public policy, as well as Canadian and Quebec politics, its faculty members are active researchers who contribute to the field. Choosing to enroll in this program from among the other creative writing courses in Canada that are available, could be the best thing to do.

  • Grade 12 Certificate is mandatory.
  • Three complete years of study in a secondary or post-secondary school where English is the exclusive medium of teaching are required.
  • It is a mandate for the students whose native language is not English to submit their IELTS, CAEL, CAE, CPE, TOEFL, PTE, or DET scores.
  • Creative Writing: Poetry, Prose Fiction & Playwriting
  • Creative Non-Fiction Writing
  • The Solo Play
  • Literary Publishing, Editing & Production
  • Writing for Media
  • Advanced Studies in Creative Writing
  • SLS‑International Literary Seminars
  • Credits chosen from English Literature elective courses are also included.
  • Domestic Students: $ 3,916 / Rs. 2,37,554 (approx.)
  • International Students: $ 35,910 / Rs. 2178395 (approx.)

Contact : +1 514 848 2424 / [email protected]

7. Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing by the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Here we have reached the 7th spot with again a top creative writing course to make you skilled. Due to its highly regarded international ranking and multi-genre approach to writing curriculum, the course attracts students from all over the world. The faculty members are well-known active writers. You won’t regret it if you go with this course as it is one of the best creative writing courses in Canada.

  • First Class/Division (65%) in a four-year Bachelor’s Degree is mandatory.
  • The scores of an English language proficiency test such as TOEFL or IELTS must be submitted with an application if the student is from an institution besides Canada where the fundamental medium of instruction is not English.
  • Advanced Writing of Poetry | New Media: Podcasting | Children I | Creative Nonfiction I | Middle-Grade and Young Adults | Creative Nonfiction| Drama for Screen & Stage | Graphic & Lyrical Forms | Fiction | Television
  • Writing Speculative Fiction
  • Preparation for Writing Career
  • Advanced Special Projects
  • International Students: $ 35,910 / Rs. 21,78,395 (approx.)

Contact : +1 604 822 2848

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8. Master of Arts in English (Creative Writing) by the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada

All of the main creative writing forms, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting as well as playwriting are represented in the department by brilliant practitioners and educators. This elevates it to one of the top creative writing courses in Canada. They have expert trainers who will teach you these all subjects in detail so that you can find it easy to use your imagination for story writing.

Duration : 20 months

  • Bachelor of Arts in English with Honors or an equivalent program requiring intense specialization and a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • A sample of academic writing, preferably a research essay from a college-level English literature course.
  • A latest, minimum 10-page sample of creative writing.
  • Three references, with two of them having to do with academia.
  • Students whose first language is not English are required to submit their IELTS, TOEFL, MELAB, or CanTest scores.

Cours Module:

  • Two workshops for creative writing in different genres
  • Three academic courses
  • English 6100: Research Methods
  • Thesis in the creative genre with critical introduction
  • Domestic Students: $ 12,642 / Rs. 7,66,897 (approx.)
  • International Students: $ 21,630 / Rs. 13,12,133 (approx.)

Contact Details: +1 506 453 4676 / [email protected] / [email protected]

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9. Ph.D. in English with Creative Writing (Distance Learning) by the University of York, Heslington, UK

This course enables you to create a significant research project that integrates a unique piece of creative writing in prose, poetry, or other forms. You will have access to exceptional resources, including the department’s letterpress printing studio, writers-in-residence, and their famed Writers at York events series, as well as help from top specialists with a wide range of global and historical specialties. So, this can be one of the top creative writing courses for you to choose from.

Duration : 3-6 years

  • A Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in a related discipline or some prior research experience.
  • A research proposal for their exhaustive research topic, as well as examples of their creative and critical writing that show they have the necessary skills in both.
  • The proposals for a creative component should be written to their natural length (for example, a book-length piece of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction), and they should outline a critical research component of 30-40,000 words.
  • Non-native English-speaking applicants are required to submit their IELTS, TOEFL IBT, PTE Academic, CAE, CPE, Trinity ISE, DET, or Trinity ISE scores.

Mode of Learning : Distance Learning

  • Research Project
  • International Students: $ 28,830 / Rs. 17,46,353 per year (approx.)

Contact : +44 (0)1904 323460 / [email protected]

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10. Ph.D. in Creative Writing (Distance Learning) by the University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, UK

This course will help you create an extensive creative writing piece or a series of interrelated works. Numerous award-winning authors work in the Department, and it has a long history of using creative practice as research to enhance its research work on the aesthetic, historical, and theoretical contexts of literature. So, this can also be considered one of the top creative writing courses in Canada.

  • An MA in creative writing or proof of combined professional experience (including publishing). or,
  • An honors Bachelor’s degree from an accredited Canadian university. Generally, a GPA of 3.0/4,7.0/9 or 75% is equal to a UK 2.1.
  • A summary of the proposed research topic and how it connects to the creative project (this can be less detailed than the description of the creative project).
  • Details of creative work.
  • A brief CV or resume.
  • Two recommendations from individuals who know your creativity and critical thinking skills.
  • Non-native English-speaking applicants are required to submit their IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, or Cambridge English: Advanced.
  • International Students: $ 7,012 / Rs. 4,24,704 per year (approx.)

Contact : +44 (0)121 331 5389 / [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. is it worthwhile to take creative writing courses.

Ans: Yes. Good creative writing courses will help you become a better writer as:

  • They make you aware of certain tools which can be extremely useful while you write.
  • You get to do so many assignments or projects and receive feedback on them which in return enhances your writing abilities.
  • You are taught by writing experts who have years of experience in the same field.
  • They help you become a better communicator because you learn to think and express yourself well.
  • They provide you with internship options that lead you to some great or start freelance work.

2. How to become a professional creative writer?

Ans: Anyone can write creatively. But to be a professional, you need to sharpen your writing skills by opting for some really good courses. Institutions from all over the world now offer certificates, diplomas, degrees, and even Ph.D. courses in creative writing, wherein, the classes are provided through online, offline, and distance learning modes. You can opt for them to become a professional.

3. What is the duration of a creative writing course?

Ans: The duration of a course depends upon its type. Generally,

  • a certificate takes 1 month to 6 months.
  • a diploma takes 1 to 2 years.
  • an undergraduate degree takes 3-4 years.
  • a postgraduate degree takes 2 years.
  • a Ph.D./Doctorate takes 3-6 years.

4. What is the scope of a creative writer in the future?

Ans: You have a bunch of career alternatives as a creative writer. Every big organization in the market, especially the ones that are using social networking to survive and thrive, needs a creative writer. Creative writers are hired by a range of employers such as libraries | educational institutions | publishers | media businesses | marketing and advertising agencies | literary agencies | and charitable organizations. As a creative writer, you can work as a/an: literary agent | writer | copywriter |  journalist | creative director | film director | arts administrator | web content manager | social media manager | public relations officer | reader | reviewer | web marketer | marketing administrator | lecturer | library-keeper | lexicologist. You can become a freelancer and: earn flexible income  | maintain a work-life balance | and engage with a plethora of projects

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