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This two-year studio program offers workshops in the following genres: fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, writing for children, translation, stage play, radio, television, song lyric and libretto, screenwriting, new media, and writing for graphic forms.
This program is also offered at UBC's Okanagan Campus
- Campus: Vancouver
- Length 2 yrs
- Co-op Yes You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
- Honours No You can study intense specialization in a single field.
The Creative Writing program offers a two-year studio course, with instruction by faculty who work in a variety of literary and dramatic forms. The program leads to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing or a joint degree with another department, in which Creative Writing serves as half of the Double Major.
The Creative Writing program is the editorial home of western Canada’s oldest literary periodical, PRISM International, which publishes the best in contemporary writing and translation from Canada and around the world.
- PRISM International
What can you do with this major after graduation?
Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including publishing, communications, marketing, public relations, social media, non-profit, government, tourism, education, and others.
There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests, including:
- Arts administrator
- Book publishing manager
- Communications manager
- Communications policy researcher
- Community centre coordinator
- Community organizer
- Careers with Creative Writing
A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.
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Imagine. Create. Find your voice. Hone the fundamentals of craft in a variety of genres in our BFA and Minor Programs.
Wherever you’re writing from, our renowned MFA program offers a world-class educational experience either on-campus or online.
Learn from leading professors and authors without the commitment of a degree program.
Study with award-winning authors and creative professionals.
Study with our faculty of internationally renowned, award-winning authors in a student-focused program that blends the best of traditional workshop and leading edge pedagogy.
It was the reputation of UBC’s Creative Writing program that convinced me to focus on an MFA. The faculty sounded wonderful, and I loved the idea of the optional-residency program, which would allow me to go ahead with my plans to move to Europe while still enjoying the benefits of a UBC education.
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Anne Fleming Creative Writing Program Coordinator 250.807.9368 [email protected]
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Why study Creative Writing at UBC’s Okanagan campus?
Join a strong writing community.
Engage in lively discussions with fellow writers and faculty at community events, readings, and workshops where students are warmly welcomed.
learn from the best
Study under a faculty of award-winning writers dedicated to helping students experiment with their prose and grow as writers. A visiting writer’s series and Writer-in-Residence program provide additional opportunities to meet, and learn from, accomplished writers.
build your portfolio
Create a varied body of work and build your portfolio during hands-on projects. Students are actively involved in writing projects, chapbook production, magazine editing, student anthology production, and community learning projects.
Broad Range of Knowledge
UBC Okanagan’s liberal arts degree prepares students for global citizenship by integrating foundational knowledge with interdisciplinary opportunities in social justice, sustainability and Indigenous content. Students who earn a BA degree graduate with a broad range of knowledge and the ability to think critically, be creative, problem solve and communicate effectively.
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.
what you need to know
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Creative Writing is a four-year UBC degree with courses in poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, novel, playwriting, screenplay, writing with media, editing and publishing, spoken word, and writing and community learning. It is designed to build students’ range and confidence to the professional level, while familiarizing them with practical aspects of the writing life. Students apply to major in Creative Writing after the completion of their first year.
Students also have the opportunity to study Creative Writing as a minor in combination with another discipline or to combine their major in Creative Writing and the requirements of another BA program that offers a combined major (currently Art History and Visual Culture, Cultural Studies, and English).
Additionally, courses are offered that appeal to and benefit students in a variety of disciplines, including management, science, and medicine. The Power of Story and The Power of Metaphor offer creative tools for framing and understanding human experience and perception.
The Creative Writing program provides students with the opportunity to study literature and literary criticism as well as key aspects of the writing process—from crafting a scene, to pacing a story, working with imagery, and hooking a reader’s interest. Classes are taught by professional writers with a wealth of knowledge and experience they share with students at intimate workshops designed to build students’ range and confidence as they grow as writers. Students are encouraged to share their work and hone their skills with faculty who are actively involved in the editing process.
An intimate learning community is a hallmark of our program. Upper-year classes are capped at 15 students.
UBC Okanagan’s Creative Writing program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses in poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, novel, playwriting, screenplay, writing with media, and editing and publishing. Several intensive summer courses are offered on campus and at the Woodhaven Eco Culture Centre in Kelowna.
- CRWR 150 – Introduction to Writing Poetry and Non-fiction
- CRWR 250 – Writing Workshop in Creative Writing: Screenwriting
- CRWR 472 – Editing and publishing
View course descriptions for the 2020-2021 academic year. Browse here for all Creative Writing courses and their descriptions in the Academic Calendar.
The following links take you to Creative Writing program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia:
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Creative Writing:
- Major in Creative Writing
- Combined Major with Creative Writing
- Minor in Creative Writing
Prospective Majors in Creative Writing can declare a major at the end of first year. to declare your major, contact the Creative Writing Program Coordinator Matt Rader to set up an appointment.
Refer to the Academic Calendar for required courses to major or minor in Creative Writing.
Communications and Rhetoric Certificate
Students can receive a Certificate in Communications and Rhetoric by completing 15 credits through courses from four thematic interdisciplinary and relational clusters, and a final capstone project. This is an add on to any major; some credits can be double counted.
For your application to be considered, you’ll need to do three things:
- Meet general requirements (e.g., graduate from secondary school)
- Demonstrate a certain level of English competency
- Meet specific requirements for the degree you’re applying to.
Then, UBC will take a closer look at your application. We’ll read your Personal Profile to get a sense of who you are and what you’ve achieved. We’ll also look at all of your Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses, paying special attention to the courses that relate to the degree you’re applying to.
Find your specific requirements at you.ubc.ca
Students are encouraged to apply for a major or minor in Creative Writing at the end of their first year, provided they have a combined average of 70% (B-) in 6 credits of 100-level Creative Writing courses and 3 credits of 100-level English. Refer to the Academic Calendar for required courses to major or minor in Creative Writing.
Review the First-Year English Requirements .
Application Deadlines Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at you.ubc.ca.
Tuition Fees UBC Okanagan’s fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.
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Declaring your major
Students can enrol at UBC for their first year as a general BA student, to declare your major after the first year, simply book an appointment with Creative Writing Program Coordinator.
Your Career Options
Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate studies in Creative Writing. Job opportunities range from arts journalist and web writer, to novelist and publisher.
- Abstract Writer
- Advertising Copywriter
- Arts Administrator
- Arts Journalist
- Communications/public relations professional
- Copy editor
- Fundraising/grant writer
- Video game writer
- Historical museum assistant
- Literary agent
- Manuscript reader
- Market research analyst
- Media planner
- Newspaper/magazine journalist
- Office manager
- Policy and procedures analyst
- Radio/TV program assistant
- Reviewer for newspapers and magazines
- Screen/television script writer
- Script consultant
- Song writer
- Speech writer
- Technical writer
- Writing instructor
- Writing centre director
- Advertising agencies
- Book Publishers
- Corporate and consulting firms
- Federal, provincial and municipal governments
- Industry, political, professional, social and trade organizations
- Publishers of national, regional or specialty magazines
- Radio and television stations
Learn and earn with Co-op , a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email .
The UBC Okanagan Arts Career Apprenticeship Program (UBCO ACAP) connects upcoming arts, humanities and social sciences graduates from the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies with Okanagan-based employers for one-year, paid, early career opportunities.
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree with a specialization in Creative Writing at UBC Okanagan provides students with the theoretical and practical tools involved in advanced creative writing.
UBC Okanagan also has an Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may have a Creative Writing department faculty member as their primary supervisor.
Gain Valuable Experience
Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.
- See the world through Go Global , a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions.
- Travel to conferences or competitions with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund , which provides financial support up to $3,500.
- Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career. Our professors engage students in research projects, labs and centres that range from Indigenous studies and the study of animal ethics to digitized cultural history.
- Take part in Eco Art Incubator , a research initiative that provides students and artists with a platform from which to work, as well as access to artist-friendly resources for conservation and ecological initiatives.
- Investigate opportunities offered through the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCT) , an interdisciplinary institute that engages in multiple forms of art, media, and information technologies as vehicles for the exploration and expression of community, culture, and identity.
- FCCS faculty run the AMP Lab , which houses projects that engage the work of the humanities, adding value to cultural artifacts through interpretation and analysis in a digital context.
Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Merit-based cash awards also look impressive on your resumé.
- The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies Undergraduate Research Awards ($2,500) provide undergraduate students support to engage in research and creative activities over the summer months.
- The FCCS Community Engagement Award recognizes activities that make a significant and positive impact on communities beyond the university.
- More scholarships and bursaries are available for Creative Writing students.
- Apply to be an undergraduate or graduate teaching assistant and gain invaluable experience managing group discussions, marking, and assisting professors with paperwork.
- Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
- Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project — a life-changing experience.
- Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 pr by email .
- More Employment Opportunities in FCCS
Meet Your Peers and Profs
Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about the Creative Writing program at UBC’s Okanagan campus: ourstories.ok.ubc.ca .
Anne Fleming, UBC Professor
Joe Dermo, UBC Alumnus
Welcome to ubc’s okanagan campus.
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the psychology program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.
- Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at you.ubc.ca .
- Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
- Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
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On the first day of university, faculties offer “Meet the Faculty” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation: CREATE .
Attend an orientation tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.
- Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who’ve been there, done that.
- Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor .
- Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
- The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres, including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and coursework.
- Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports , from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.
Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.
Learn more at Sports and Recreation , which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.
- Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options in the Creative Writing Course Union .
- Follow our Creative Writing program on Facebook to keep up to date on events and connect with our community on campus and beyond.
- Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining a club or association .
Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.
UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, includes a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.
Find out more about living in residence at you.ubc.ca.
UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.
More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.
UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.
A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.
Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at you.ubc.ca.
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B.A. Minor in Creative Writing
Note: The Faculty of Arts also offers a B.F.A. Major in Creative Writing .
The B.A. Minor in Creative Writing program is open enrolment, and no manuscript submission is required for entry.
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1 Most 300 level courses require the 200-level prerequisite in the same genre (for example, in order to take CRWR 301: Intermediate Writing Poetry, a student must have taken CRWR 201: Introduction to Writing Poetry). To register in a 300-level course with no 200-level genre prerequisite, a student must have taken at least one 200-level creative writing course.
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- Skills you’ll develop
While studying Creative Writing , you’ll learn the craft and process of writing through workshops led by experienced, working writers that make up the faculty. You’ll develop important skills while writing in multiple genres.
These skills may include:
- Creating original works such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, lyric and graphic forms, and translations
- Using effective planning, time management, problem solving, and leadership skills on various creative projects
- Working knowledge and application of the professional standards and expectations for your chosen genres
- Researching, understanding, and assessing various types of creative works
- Analyzing artistic works clearly and concisely
- Adapting content to a variety of forms or mediums
- Providing and receiving constructive feedback on opinions and works
- Crafting and telling compelling and creative stories
- Explore career possibilities
Career opportunities vary across a range of fields including publishing, communications, marketing, public relations, social media, non-profit, government, tourism, education, and others.
There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.
Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.
- Arts administrator
- Book publishing manager
- Communications manager
- Communications policy researcher
- Community centre coordinator
- Community organizer
- Festival/Event planner
- Fiction/Non-fiction writer
- Film/TV editor
- Fundraiser/Grant writer
- Human resources specialist
- Literacy program coordinator
- Literary agent
- Literary editor
- Literary translator
- Magazine editor
- Market researcher
- Marketing specialist
- Media relations coordinator
- News analyst
- Non-profit administrator
- Project manager
- Public relations specialist
- Recreation programs manager
- Screen writer
- Social media community manager
- Social policy advisor/analyst
- Special education assistant
- Speech writer
- Technical writer
- Tourism development officer
- Travel writer
- Web communications manager
- Make the most of your program
Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.
- UBC Creative Writing Program events Meet other students at readings, info sessions, and other programs.
- Creative Writing BFA group Join fellow creative writers for various events and make new friends.
- Departmental research opportunities Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.
- Preparation for a Career in Writing Check out UBC courses on how to build a career in writing, such as CRWR 430 or CRWR 530.
- Creative Writing co-op success stories Learn about the experiences of past and present co-op students from your program and others.
- Nineteen Questions online magazine Read or contribute profiles about the career trajectories, challenges, and the writing lives of established writers.
- PRISM international Inquire about volunteer opportunities to support an online magazine focused on modern and contemporary literature.
- Brave New Play Rites Festival Attend the festival in Term 2 or collaborate with theatre students for an opportunity to produce your short play.
- The Garden Statuary Showcase your essays, poetry, photographs, and other work in UBC’s English Undergraduate Journal.
- The Ubyssey Volunteer to write articles for this weekly student paper. No previous experience required.
- Vancouver Writers Fest Check out the works of local and international writers or volunteer at a literary event.
- Growing Room Festival Celebrate diverse Canadian writers and artists in Term 2 at this feminist literary festival.
- Writers’ Exchange Volunteer to support literacy programs for kids in Vancouver.
- Resources for writers Find local writing groups, contests, festivals and other resources for writers.
- BC Alliance for Arts + Culture job board Search for part-time and full-time opportunities in BC across a variety of fields in the arts.
- Build your network
Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.
The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.
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- Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia
- Association of Canadian Publishers
- Canada Council for the Arts
- Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies
- Canadian Association of Broadcasters
- Canadian Association of Journalists
- Canadian Communication Association
- Canadian Media Producers Association
- Canadian Public Relations Society
- Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers
- Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC Society
- Crime Writers of Canada
- Editors Canada
- Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
- Federation of BC Writers
- First Peoples’ Cultural Council
- League of Canadian Poets
- Magazines Canada
- Modern Language Association
- Playwrights Guild of Canada
- Canadian Freelance Guild
- Society for Technical Communication
- Speculative Fiction Canada
- Writers Guild of Canada
- Writers’ Union of Canada
- Connect with alumni on LinkedIn
Find UBC Creative Writing graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.
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From your Arts degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Arts degree .
The UBC Creative Writing Major program is unique, offering undergraduate apprentice writers in their third year or beyond the opportunity to earn a Bachelor
The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Creative Writing offers courses at all four undergraduate levels. Students with 70% or better in first year Creative
Gain an unparalleled richness and diversity of creative writing courses through UBC's Creative Writing undergraduate programs. Our comprehensive undergraduate
The Creative Writing program offers a two-year studio course of resident study for third- and fourth-year undergraduate students pursuing a Major in
Gain the necessary tools, knowledge and resources to entertain
Study with award-winning faculty in a student-focused creative writing program that blends the best of traditional workshop and leading edge pedagogy.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Creative Writing is a four-year UBC degree with courses in poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, novel, playwriting
Upper-level Requirements ... Students must complete 36 credits of CRWR 400-level courses in at least four different genres. Students may not take more than 36
Note: The Faculty of Arts also offers a B.F.A. Major in Creative Writing. The B.A. Minor in Creative Writing program is open enrolment, and no manuscript
While studying Creative Writing, you'll learn the craft and process of writing through workshops led by experienced, working writers that make up the