Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2017/2018)
7.5 Diploma in Creative Writing

Program Coordinator: Dr. R. Finley, Department of English

The Diploma in Creative Writing is administered by the Department of English.

7.5.1 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Diploma Regulations

Students intending to complete a diploma program within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences must meet the Admission requirements as outlined in the University Calendar. Students are also advised to consult the University Calendar regarding General Regulations for Diploma Programs and Graduation Requirements.

7.5.2 Program Description

The Diploma aims to develop students' skills in writing in a variety of genres conventionally described as “creative,” such as fiction, poetry, drama, and creative non-fiction. It will also offer students the opportunity to take, as options, courses that provide a background in contemporary literature in these genres.

The eight course, 24 credit hour program will comprise at least five and as many as eight creative writing courses in at least three and as many as four genres. The overall aim of the program is to help students produce work that merits publication. To this end, the focus of the creative writing courses will be on the composition, critiquing, and editing of the students’ own work, and, in both the creative writing and contemporary literature courses, on analysing examples of excellent contemporary writing.

7.5.3 Admission Requirements

As has traditionally been the case, students will compete for admission to individual Creative Writing courses via the portfolio system. The Diploma will be earned by accretion.

7.5.4 Program of Study

Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work, including at least 15 credit hours from the following:

  1. The remaining courses must be taken from:

    1. additional courses from the above list

    2. one or more special topics courses in Creative Writing

    3. one or more of English 3100, 3155, 3156, 3158, 3160, 3161, 3171, 3172, the former 3173, 4080, the former 4270, 4302, 4822

    4. one or more of English 3910, 3911, 3912, 3913, the former 3914, 3920, 4914

    5. English 3911 and/or English 3912.