The Department of English at Memorial strongly supports work in creative writing. It has a contingent of regular faculty actively engaged in literary production and mentoring in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, mixed media, literary translation, film, video, and theatre. It also maintains close ties with the exceptional writing community here in St. John's, members of which regularly offer courses and workshops as part of the Department's Creative Writing programme. The Department offers an undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing. Graduate work, in the form of a Masters in English with a creative thesis component, is also supported and encouraged.
The city of St. John's is home to one of the richest and most concentrated writing communities to be found anywhere. Students will discover that it is also one of the most open and accessible, and that the Department fully participates in and contributes to it. Our members are involved in a whole constellation of writing-related events and activities inside the University and out, from the University's annual Gregory Power Poetry Awards, to local theatre and film production, to the annual E.J. Pratt Lecture, to the constant round of evening readings in the city, to Newfoundland's renowned Burning Rock Fiction Collective, to the acclaimed Piper's Frith writers' retreat. Our Canada Council supported Writer-in-Residence programme brings extraordinary writers to the University each year and makes them accessible to the community at large through workshops, readings, and one-to-one consultations. Our Visiting Authors Series similarly enriches the literary life in the city by bringing in some of the very best writers writing today to read and lecture throughout the school year. Likewise, the annual Sparks Festival, an intense one-day literary festival held each winter, has become a major feature of the University's and the city's literary landscape.
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