The Department 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 and arts communities here in St. John's, members of which regularly offer courses and workshops as part of the Department's Creative Writing programs.
Our creative writing students become part of the community through a constellation of events and activities, from poetry competitions, to local theatre and film productions, to the annual E.J. Pratt Lecture and other guest lectures, to the Writer in Residence program and the Visiting Writers series, which brings extraordinary writers to the University each year. 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.