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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.

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:


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 $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. A minimum GPA of 80% 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.

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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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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


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


  • 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–Nov 6 (for Jan start)

Application details

Apply now for Jan 2024

Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled. 

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

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Courses and events

Register for courses.

Not ready for a full program? Take individual writing courses, available throughout the year.

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The first round of applications closed November 6 for the program that starts January 2024. We will continue to receive and assess applications until all spots are filled. 

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A horrific childhood might have stopped Joseph Kakwinokanasum from following his dream of becoming a writer. Instead, it fuelled his drive—and inspired his first novel. Read more


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Creative Writing (BA)

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Why study Creative Writing?

Our Creative Writing program, one of the first of its kind in Canada, immerses you in every aspect of the writing life, from the development of ideas to the publication of finished works. As a Creative Writing student, you’ll learn to approach literature from a writer’s point of view as you develop your own craft under the guidance of published writers and fellow students.

Whether it’s through prose, poetry, or drama, our workshops help you find your voice and your subject. Creative writing students also have the opportunity to supplement their regular courses with master classes conducted by internationally renowned writers during the Writers Read at Concordia series. Concordia has hosted writers such as Julian Barnes, Dionne Brand, CAConrad, Roxane Gay, Renee Gladman, Jorie Graham, Ben Lerner, Daniel David Moses, Fred Moten, Claudia Rankine, George Saunders, A.E. Stallings, and Colm Tóibín.

Montreal’s vibrant English-language literary scene offers a showcase for the work of student writers as well as published authors. The skills acquired in our Creative Writing program can help prepare you for a professional life as a writer, editor, or publisher in print or in electronic media. The Honours in English and Creative Writing is a gateway to graduate study in literature or to further study in creative writing.

Program highlights

  • Small class sizes enable students to workshop their writing as a group
  • Opportunities to develop your writing across numerous genres

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background .

Program options

  • Honours in English and Creative Writing (66 credits)*
  • Major in Creative Writing (42 credits)
  • Minor in Creative Writing (24 credits)

*Honours is a highly concentrated program, ideal for students planning to continue to graduate studies. If you are interested in Honours, speak with your program advisor in your first year of study at Concordia. Students applying to the University are able to apply to the major or specialization.

United States students : A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

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Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements.

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  • Accepted international qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma:  26
  • Baccalauréat français:  11
  • A-levels: At least two A-level exams CD or
  • AS-levels: At least 4 AS-level exams with equivalent results or
  • BTEC: Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a related subject area with equivalent results
  • Additional information for British System of Education (GCE) applicants
  • University Transfers (internal/external):  C

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  • Letter of Intent

English proficiency Some applicants may be required to write an English language proficiency test with the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) – a minimum score of 100 with 22 in the writing component
  • IELTS – 7.0 overall with a 6.5 in the writing component
  • DET score of 120 and above with no subscore under 90

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.

Fall term

March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

Winter term

November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

Graduates of the program have the knowledge and skill for any career that values critical thinking and superior communication skills, including a professional life as a writer, editor or publisher. You will also be prepared to undertake graduate studies in either English or Creative Writing.

Many graduates have fulfilling writing careers.

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Faculty Language, Literature & Performing Arts Department Creative Writing Credits 60.00 Length of Program Four semesters Credential Type Associate Degree

Admission Type Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements Offered Fall Winter Summer

Interested in writing poetry, plays, fiction and more? Learn the theory behind all of those genres and gain practice writing in each with the Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing. You may also choose to specialize further by taking advanced courses in one genre.  

Creative writing classes are built around a classic face-to-face workshop model that invites and encourages participation from everyone. This workshop method of teaching allows you to develop the critical-thinking skills needed for revising your own work. You'll graduate from the creative writing program with a competitive portfolio of creative writing that will assist you when applying to creative writing programs at university.

What is an Associate degree?

Associate degrees take two years to complete and concentrate on one area of study. If you plan your courses carefully with a university program in mind, you’ll be able to transfer all 60 credits to university. In most cases, an associate degree will allow you to enter the third year of a four-year bachelor's degree program. To ensure your courses transfer, see the  BC Transfer Guide.    

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  • Time limit to complete program graduation requirements: seven (7) years

CRWR faculty advisors will work with students to plan their course choices. Sample timetables are available at the office of Language, Literature and Performing Arts.

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Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information see Co-operative Education, or contact the Co-operative Education Office at 604 527 5100. 

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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.

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  • Creative nonfiction 
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  • 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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Residing in canada or intending to relocate there shortly are you thinking of becoming a creative writer can’t seem to figure out how to become one in the right way rest easy we can address the questions you have in your head. explore this article to check out some fabulous creative writing courses in canada and discover your path to being an eloquent creative writer..

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.

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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.


  • 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

Here we are concluding all the knowledge that we have learned in the article. Now that you have an exhaustive list of the available creative writing courses in Canada, go ahead and opt for your favorite course. All the courses listed above in the post are the best, you need to find the one that will suit your need and make you a skilled writer. Here in this post, we have also mentioned the assignments and internship details of the courses that they provide, you just need to explore. Do let us know in the comment section if you have any other questions or need additional information. Happy Learning to you!

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Lecturers recount finding community and voice in creative writing MFA programs

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A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing is an often selective, often two-year degree program that gives writers time to hone their craft under the mentorship of established writers. The program is not offered at Stanford, but many faculty affiliated with the creative writing program pursued an MFA.

The Stanford Daily interviewed Tom Kealey, Sarah Frisch and Sara Michas-Martin from the English department on how their MFA degrees influenced their writing and teaching careers. 

Kealey, author of “The Creative Writing MFA Handbook,” earned his MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Frisch holds an MFA in Fiction from Washington University in Saint Louis. Michas-Martin attended an MFA program at Naropa University before completing the degree in Poetry at the University of Arizona. All three are former Wallace Stegner Fellows.

Each lecturer emphasized the importance of MFAs in surrounding them with a community of writers. 

“Teachers are important for sure, but a workshop is only as strong as your fellow writers in the class,” Kealey said.

“The people you really are going to learn from are your peers,” Michas-Martin said. “Sometimes the conversations that happen in the bar or at someone’s house or at the coffee shop are the ones that will stick with you.” 

An MFA program also gives writers a chance for extensive reading, which can be beneficial for those without a strong literature background. 

“I was able to start to understand the work I was reading in relation to the kind of work I wanted to create,” Frisch said, referencing the Ph.D. literature classes she took during her MFA. 

Frisch also stressed the importance of reading for aspiring writers, with or without intent to pursue an MFA. She advised writers to read every day. “If I’m stuck somewhere in my writing, often the answer is in my reading life, not in my writing life,” Frisch said. 

For students interested in pursuing an MFA, Kealey recommended that they take some time off after their undergraduate studies.

“I think this is true no matter what degree you pursue,” Kealey said. 

Similarly, Frisch has always told people to take a few years before pursuing an MFA program. 

“It makes such a difference to have been writing on your own — finding your voice and your material and then returning to the MFA program,” Frisch said.

Michas-Martin took a year to travel around the world after completing her Bachelor’s degree. “That’s when I decided I really wanted to write … I just knew I loved it,” she said. “So I do think taking time off is really important.”

Lecturers encouraged students to try new things in the MFA program and beyond. “Write as much as you can. Try on voices and styles that you might otherwise not pursue,” Kealey said.

Kealey described writing as a process in which writers discover who they are. “The page reflects ourselves back to us, even if we are clearly inhabiting characters very different from us,” he said. “When we write with honesty, integrity and courage, we generally are delighted by what we discover.”

Kealey, Frisch and Michas-Martin also recognized that an MFA is not for everyone. 

Michas-Martin suggested that students with interdisciplinary minds should pursue multiple interests. “Let’s say you’re a CS major, but maybe you’re also really passionate about fiction. You can hold those two things at the same time,” Michas-Martin said. “And practically, it may be necessary.” 

Interdisciplinarity features in the courses that Michas-Martin teaches at Stanford. She has found that her teaching “feeds” her writing.

Ultimately, Frisch advised young writers to embrace the changes on their journeys in writing and beyond. “Building a life that feels meaningful is going to go a long way,” Frisch said.

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Creative Writers are at the heart of our cultural industries. Poets, novelists, screenwriters, playwrights, graphic novelists, magazine writers: they entertain, inform and inspire. For more than 50 years, UBC’s Creative Writing program has been producing writers who’ve shaped Canadian and international culture. A studio program with the writing workshop at its heart, the MFA focuses on the work created by students as the primary text. Through intensive peer critique and craft discussion, faculty and students work together with the same goal: literary excellence. 

For specific program requirements, please refer to the departmental program website

What makes the program unique?

UBC’s Creative Writing program was the first writing program in Canada, and is the largest and most comprehensive in the country. It is highly ranked internationally, and draws students from around the world for its multi-genre approach to writing instruction. Students are required to work in multiple genres during the course of the degree. As a fine arts program rather than an English program, students focus on the practice of writing rather than the study of literature.

Small, intensive workshops characterize the program, as does our breadth of offerings: with 12 genres of writing available for study there are more opportunities for learning than at any other writing program in the world.

Faculty are distinguished, working writers. We have 12 professors, an additional 9 permanent instructors and regularly bring in a wide variety of writers in residence and adjunct instructors from the writing community.

While I was at an Explore Program, I managed to visit UBC for a few days. I really loved what I saw, and when I was applying for creative writing programs a few years later, UBC was top of my list. I was also drawn to the opportunities it gave students, such as editing for an internationally recognized journal.

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The residency MFA program only has a September intake.

1) Check Eligibility

Minimum academic requirements.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

  • Canada or the United States
  • International countries other than the United States

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based

Overall score requirement : 90

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Overall score requirement : 6.5

Other Test Scores

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

2) Meet Deadlines

September 2024 intake, application open date, canadian applicants, international applicants, deadline explanations.

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

3) Prepare Application


All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest , sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.


Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their thesis supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.

Instructions regarding thesis supervisor contact for Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)

Citizenship verification.

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

4) Apply Online

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

Tuition & Financial Support

Financial support.

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

All applicants are encouraged to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund their graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)

Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (GRA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their supervision. The duties constitute part of the student's graduate degree requirements. A Graduate Research Assistantship is considered a form of fellowship for a period of graduate study and is therefore not covered by a collective agreement. Stipends vary widely, and are dependent on the field of study and the type of research grant from which the assistantship is being funded.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Graduate programs may have Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. Full teaching assistantships involve 12 hours work per week in preparation, lecturing, or laboratory instruction although many graduate programs offer partial TA appointments at less than 12 hours per week. Teaching assistantship rates are set by collective bargaining between the University and the Teaching Assistants' Union .

Graduate Academic Assistantships (GAA)

Academic Assistantships are employment opportunities to perform work that is relevant to the university or to an individual faculty member, but not to support the student’s graduate research and thesis. Wages are considered regular earnings and when paid monthly, include vacation pay.

Financial aid (need-based funding)

Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans .

All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

Foreign government scholarships

Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

Working while studying

The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement .

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

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Career Options

Graduates of the MFA program have found success in varied fields related to writing and communication. The MFA qualifies graduates for teaching at the university level and many graduates have gone on to teach at colleges and universities in Canada, the United States and overseas as well as holding writing residencies. Many publish books and win literary awards. Others go on to work in publishing, and graduates have become book and magazine editors.

Although the MFA is a terminal degree, some graduates go on to further study in PhD programs in the US, UK and Australia. 

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  • Belcourt, Billy-Ray (Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry)
  • Hopkinson, Nalo (Creative writing, n.e.c.; Humanities and the arts; Creative Writing: Speculative Ficton, Fantasy, Science Fiction, especially Other Voices)
  • Irani, Anosh
  • Koncan, Frances
  • Leavitt, Sarah (Autobiographical comics; Formal experimentation in comics; Comics pedagogy)
  • Lee, Nancy (Fiction; Creative Writing)
  • Lyon, Annabel (Novels, stories and news)
  • Maillard, Keith (Fiction, poetry)
  • Marzano-Lesnevich, Alex (Nonfiction)
  • McGowan, Sharon (Planning of film productions from concept to completion)
  • Medved, Maureen (Fiction, writing for screen)
  • Nicholson, Cecily (Languages and literature; Poetry)
  • Ohlin, Alix (Fiction; Screenwriting; Environmental writing)
  • Pohl-Weary, Emily (Fiction; Writing for Youth)
  • Svendsen, Linda (Fiction, television)
  • Taylor, Timothy (fiction and nonfiction)
  • Vigna, John (Novels, stories and news; Fiction, Literary Non-Fiction, Creative Writing)

Sample Thesis Submissions

Related programs, same specialization.

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Distance) (MFA)

Same Academic Unit

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Theatre (MFA)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Film Production and Creative Writing (MFA)

At the UBC Okanagan Campus

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

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Creative Writing combines the best of traditional workshop and leading-edge pedagogy. Literary cross-training offers opportunities in a broad range of genres including fiction, poetry, screenplay, podcasting, video game writing and graphic novel.

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