Creative Writing Diploma


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The Diploma in Creative Writing gives students the opportunity to work intensively in a variety of creative genres, such as fiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting, and creative non-fiction. The overall aim of the program is to help students develop vigorous and robust writing practices through a focus on the composition, critiquing, and peer-editing of the students’ own work together with close reading and analyses of models.


Students will be admitted to individual creative writing courses (excepting the introductory course, English 2905) via the writing portfolio system. Students interested in taking a creative writing course should contact the Program Coordinator or course instructor a minimum of one month prior to the start of the semester to discuss portfolio requirements (usually five to ten pages of the student’s best writing in the appropriate genre). A student will be notified as to their admission status in a creative writing course after the instructor has reviewed the submitted writing portfolio. 

Program of Study:

Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work, selected from the following:

  • English 2905, 3900, 3901, 3902, 3903, 3904, 4910, 4911, 4912, 4913
  • With written approval of the Program Coordinator and the Faculty’s Committee on Undergraduate Studies, select other courses may be eligible towards the Diploma credit requirements. This includes special topics courses in creative writing that are offered from time to time, English 4999 when it is completed as a creative writing project, and select courses offered at Grenfell Campus and other institutions.

Program Coordinator

For more information students are invited to contact the Program Coordinator. Please see for current contact information. 

Dr. Christopher Lockett is the current Program Coordinator, and he will be happy to answer your questions.