Creative Writing

Campus
Coquitlam
New Westminster

Overview

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.  

Get paid, full-time work experience during your studies

Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate.

To participate in Co-op you need to plan two semesters in advance, so we strongly recommend contacting the Co-op Office at the start of your program.
 

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

The Associate of Arts Degree with a specialization in Creative Writing (CRWR) requires that students fulfill the basic requirements for the degree, including taking six Creative Writing courses.

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.

Co-operative Education Option

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. 

Admissions Requirements

General College Admission Requirements

Cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

Career opportunities include:

  • Copywriter 
  • Curriculum Development Assistant 
  • Ghost Writer/Biographer 
  • Social Media Specialist 
  • Theatre Administrator 
  • Writer - Feature Writer/Columnist 
  • Writer - Media - Radio/TV/Multimedia 
  • Writer - Novelist/Playwright/Poet

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Testimonials

Student Quote

Making a difference

Creative Writing student wants to effect change in her community.