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The Creative Writing program is one of the triumphs of our university. Aided by the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program, it has attracted national and international acclaim, and is one of the busiest and most productive areas of our department. As well, faculty and students actively contribute to the Calgary and Canadian arts communities.  

Learn from accomplished writers

Our Creative Writing teachers are accomplished writers. They teach a broad range of writing genres, styles and aesthetics. They have published many volumes of poetry, fiction, drama, and translation. Faculty also publish critical articles, books, edited books, conference papers and book reviews. There are many readings and performances to showcase the program every year.

Our courses of instruction include: teaching, research, creativity, publication, editorial work, and journalism.

Creative Writing enrolment permissions

You do not need to be an English major or minor to take creative writing courses. Both full-time students and working adults take Creative Writing courses. ENGL 265 is open to all students and ENGL 336 is open to all senior students.

To gain permission to enroll in any 400- and 500-level Creative Writing courses, you must submit a writing portfolio, the equivalent of an audition. Because of high demand for most of these courses (they average between 60 and 100 applications for 20 places), we require a portfolio, on average 5 to 10 pages of writing, typed and double-spaced. 

The material you submit in your portfolio should match the genre of the course you are applying to. Note: the highly competitive nature of admission to Creative Writing courses means that  not all students get in . If you are not accepted when you first apply, we encourage you to try again another year, and to make an appointment with the Canadian Writer-in-Residence, who is available to provide feedback on your work.

Because you cannot register in portfolio admission courses until you receive permission from the department, you should register in a second-choice course if you are an undergraduate student.

Portfolio considerations

In addition to reading carefully the specific details concerning portfolio submissions for individual courses, you should keep in mind the following general advice:

  • Try to demonstrate as wide a range of your writing abilities as possible. For instance, in fiction a range of narrative possibilities (even if they are fragments) will demonstrate your abilities (a good descriptive scene, a good action scene, a good scene that employs dialogue) better than one or two “complete” short stories that might fail. With poetry, instead of submitting a portfolio of 20 rhymed-stanza “hurtin’” poems about a love relationship you had that turned sour, include poems on other subjects and in other formats. Variety in the form and content of your submission alerts the instructor to the breadth and depth of your engagement with writing to date.
  • Your acceptance into the class (or not) is not necessarily an absolute judgment of your writing ability at this point. We receive many more portfolios than there are places in Creative Writing classes, and if you do not get into one class, you may get into another in another year, or you may gain admission to a class in another genre. If you are not accepted, please don’t be discouraged. Just keep writing (sign up for a  Continuing Education  Creative Writing class, if you can) and try again.
  • The questions asked on portfolio submission forms regarding your background (previous writing courses taken, which recent literary titles you have read, etc.) have no right or wrong answers. They are intended to give the instructor a sense of what level of previous writing or reading experience the members of the class possess. This is useful information for the instructor in fine-tuning their course curriculum. 
  • While our Creative Writing courses encourage diverse approaches to writing,  these courses are instruction in literary writing.  They are not courses in how to get published . They are about how to become a better writer, with respect to language, image, structure, form and all the other elements of poetry and fiction. These courses focus on the craft of writing well in a literary context. 

Undergrad creative writing

Emphasis on craft.

All Creative Writing courses encourage diverse approaches to writing. However, they are not courses in how to get published. They are intended to help you become a better writer. You will study language, structure, form and all the elements of poetry, fiction and creative writing in general. 

Creative writing courses are open to all

You don't have to be an English major to take Creative Writing courses; they are open to any student or member of the community who wants to apply.

All Creative Writing courses are credit English courses.

Enhance your degree with a creative writing honours project

You may choose to undertake a creative writing project in the  English Honours  program.

Contact  the department to learn more about your options. 

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Earn an Embedded Certificate in Creative Writing

If you complete 18 units from the Field of Creative Writing, you are eligible to earn an Embedded Certificate. 

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2023/2024 Creative Writing Courses

Descriptions and applications for portfolio-based creative writing courses

Fall 2023 | ENGL 436.01 Poetry: Short Forms

Instructor: Anna Veprinska 

Application Requirements:

To be considered for a place in this course, students must email an application form to  [email protected]   by July 1, 2023.

IMPORTANT:  Please put "English 436.01 Application Portfolio" in the subject line of the email.

How to Apply:   Application form

Fall 2023 | ENGL 595.03 Non-Fiction: Narrative Investigations

Instructor: Aritha Van Herk

To be considered for a place in this course, students must email an application form to  [email protected]   by July 1, 2023.

IMPORTANT:  Please put "English 595.03 Application Portfolio" in the subject line of the email.

Winter 2024 | ENGL 436.03 Fiction: Short Stories and Microfictions

Instructor: Uchechukwu Umezurike

To be considered for a place in this course, students must email an application form to  [email protected]   by November 1, 2023.

IMPORTANT:  Please put "English 436.03 Application Portfolio" in the subject line of the email.

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Are you motivated to put pen to paper? Do you have an idea or have you started a creative writing draft? If so, this focused, engaging and supportive program may be perfect for you. The program covers many aspects of the creative writer's world from writing development, copy editing, genre writing, time management, publishing, and promotion. The evaluative and interactive format will ensure you receive ample instructor feedback and supportive peer review throughout the program. In the final project course, a portion of your creative work will be evaluated by a published author who will mentor and encourage you in your writing journey.

This online, flexible and interactive program will allow you to learn the theory behind your writing and allow time to receive instructor and peer feedback about what you've written. All courses are taught by published authors, many who have received national and international awards.

To get started in the program you are required to provide a short writing sample. You will receive valuable expert feedback specific to character, setting, dialogue, point of view, and writing mechanics. The writing sample is your opportunity to share what you like to write about and how you write it. See details below under How to apply .

This is one of three writing certificate programs offered online through Continuing Education. The other programs are:

  • Professional Writing Certificate specializing in Business and Technical Writing
  • Professional Writing Certificate specializing in Marketing and Public Relations

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This program is perfect if you...

  • Write – or aspire to write – fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry
  • Want to transition from or add to corporate or journalistic writing and explore creative writing
  • Would like to learn from published authors
  • Enjoy online learning in a supportive and interactive environment

What will I get?

Students who complete this program will receive a Professional Certificate .

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Course delivery online.

Courses in this program are delivered online . Some courses may be occasionally offered in the classroom at the main campus. Courses are scheduled at convenient times, allowing you to complete the program at a pace that fits your life.

You should plan on studying and working approximately 6 hours per week per course .

Online learning fits into busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. Students have online access to instructors, fellow learners, and learning materials.

Before taking your first online course, we recommended taking our free course: Digital Skills for Learning Online

Timeline and planning 200 Hours

All Continuing Education programs are developed with part-time learners in mind. The Creative Writing Certificate is a 200-hour program .

The length of time it takes to complete this program varies by student. If you take one course per term (four courses a year), you will likely complete the program in 12 to 18 months . You will complete the program faster if you take multiple courses per term.

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Cost $4,519

The approximate cost to complete the Creative Writing Certificate is $4,519 .

This includes the $130 admission fee.

How to apply

You do not require a degree or diploma to apply for admission to this program. You can take individual courses to start, and apply later.

The admission fee is $130 .

To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Grade 12 diploma (recommended)
  • Relevant work experience (recommended)
  • If English is not your first language, you must meet the English language proficiency requirements

Programs change from time to time, so we recommend that you apply for admission as early as possible. Once admitted, your requirements to complete the program will not change – even if the program changes. You can be confident that completed and eligible courses will apply to your program.

Writing Assessment and Certificate Admission

When you apply to the Creative Writing Certificate , you are required to submit a creative writing sample. The sample should be a total of 2 – 4 pages, double-spaced. If you wish to submit a poetry sample, an additional sample of prose is requested.

* guidelines for the writing sample here *

Please complete the certificate admission application and upload your creative writing sample using the link below. The non-refundable admission fee is $130.

Credit for prior learning

Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions.

Advanced standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 60 hours towards this program.

Transferring credit from other Continuing Education programs

If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education program, you may be able to transfer some credits to this program. For details, please review the "Credit towards other programs" information in the programs you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor .

Maximum advanced standing and transferred credit

The combined total of advanced standing and transferred credits cannot exceed 100 hours for this program.

Credit towards other programs

On completion of this program, you may wish to pursue studies in another.

Upon completing Program Title , up to 100 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards the Professional Writing Certificate specializing in Business and Technical Writing and the Professional Writing Certificate specializing in Marketing and Public Relations . The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.

If you wish to pursue another program:

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  • Contact us to request transfer of the equivalent course credits

The transfer of course credits will not happen without your request.


Each year, scholarships and awards are given to deserving students not only for their academic achievement, but also for community involvement. Award sponsors include both corporate and private donors.

To apply, you must meet eligibility criteria and submission deadlines. Students in this program may be eligible for the following awards:

  • Continuing Education Endowment Award
  • Continuing Education Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Entrance Awards
  • Continuing Education Indigenous Entrance Awards
  • Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy

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It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

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This program does not qualify students to apply for an international study permit.

International students who wish to live and work in Canada should consider our International Professional Programs .

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Creative writing is creating characters, plots, themes and settings in fictional works from novels to poetry. Scriptwriting (also known as screenwriting) is creating your story in the screenplay format, including actions, dialogue and settings.

Hone your craft with our three courses taught by established writers. Whether you’re exploring creative writing or looking to amp up your screenplay, you’ll gain skills in the conventions of narrative craft and character development. Create a basis for future work and learn how to market and get your work published in these standalone courses.

In our introductory course, discover how to successfully use plot, voice, theme, setting and characterization. You will gain valuable feedback on your writing from your instructor and peers. Take part in weekly online discussion threads about the writing process and how we tell our stories.

In our Level 2 course, build skills in creating compelling characters, settings and plots. Explore the freefall approach to writing and fine tune your editing skills. Delve into the writing process through collaborative discussions with your peers.

Learn the fundamentals of scriptwriting — including dramatic conflict, scene structure, dialogue and film format — from an instructor with extensive industry experience. Gain an understanding of the key principles of screenwriting and of the screenplay format and how to effectively employ them in your work.

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Creative Writing Training Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Creative Writing

  • What is Creative Writing?
  • Main Elements of Creative Writing
  • Types of Creative Writing
  • Techniques Used in Creative Writing

Module 2: Challenges for Translation

  • Challenges to Writers
  • Challenges for Translation
  • Experiment Challenges
  • Design and Quality Challenges

Module 3: Composition and Creative Writing

  • Introduction to Composition Writing
  • Types of Composition Writing

Module 4: Seven Processes of Creative Writing

  • Planning or Prewriting
  • Drafting (or Writing the First Draft)
  • Sharing Your First Draft
  • Evaluating Your Draft
  • Revising Your Content
  • Publishing Your Final Product

Module 5: Writing Fiction

  • Literary Fiction
  • Form and Structure
  • Finding Characters
  • Basics of Story Making

Module 6: Creative Nonfiction

  • Meaning of Creative Nonfiction
  • Characteristics of Creative Nonfiction
  • Tips for Creative Nonfiction Writing
  • Common Literary Nonfiction Subgenres

Module 7: Basics of Writing Poetry

  • Listening to Language
  • Finding Language
  • Awakening and Shaping Language
  • Playing with Language

Module 8: Performing Writing

  • Introduction to Performing Writing

Module 9: Writing in the Academy and Community

  • Introduction

Module 10: Tips to Improve Creative Writing

  • Do Not Underestimate the Reader
  • Give Your Characters Life
  • Utilise Strong Words
  • Check Your Commas
  • Grab Attention from the Start
  • Give the Reader a Satisfactory Ending

Who should attend this Creative Writing Training Course?

The Creative Writing Training Course is designed for individuals eager to refine their creative writing skills. This Course is ideal for aspiring writers, professionals in content creation, and anyone seeking to enhance their storytelling abilities. The following individuals can greatly benefit from attending this Course:

  • Journalists
  • Content Creators
  • Copywriters
  • Teachers and Educators
  • Public Relations Professionals
  • Content Marketers

Prerequisites of the Creative Writing Training Course

There are no formal prerequisites for this Creative Writing Course.

Creative Writing Training Course Overview

Creative writing is the process of appealingly presenting thoughts, feelings or emotions, as opposed to facts. The main purpose of creative writing is to express something, whether it be feelings, emotions, or thoughts.

This Creative Writing Training course is designed to make delegates aware of different writing skills and unlock their creativity and imagination. Delegates will learn how to structure and write literary fiction as well as ‘awaken’ and shape language for poetry.

What’s included in this Creative Writing Training Course?

  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • Creative Writing Training Certificate
  • Digital Delegate Pack

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Calgary is located in the south of Alberta, Canada and has a population of around 1 million people, making it the largest city in Alberta and the third largest in Canada. It also became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games. There is a strong economy in Calgary, as it boasts the second most corporate head offices in Canada and has activity based in the health, retail, tourism, transportation, film, technology and energy sectors. There are a large amount of educational facilities in Calgary, including a large number of public and private schools ran by different school boards including English and French language boards. There is also a high school dedicated to training athletes ready for the Olympics. Each high school in Calgary is large, consisting of around 2000 students each. Private schools include Rundle Academy, Calgary French and International School, Chinook Winds Adventist Academy and Delta West Academy. The biggest university in Calgary is the ‘University of Calgary’ which enrols around 30,000 students. It offers a wide variety of degrees, diplomas and certificates. Also in Calgary are Mount Royal University, SAI Polytechnic and Athabasca University, which provides distance education programs for students. There are a number of private universities as well, including Reeves College and Columbia College.

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Ways to take this course

Our easy to use Virtual platform allows you to sit the course from home with a live instructor. You will follow the same schedule as the classroom course, and will be able to interact with the trainer and other delegates.

  • See trainer’s screen
  • Recording & transcripts
  • Virtual whiteboard
  • Share documents
  • Works on all devices


Our fully interactive online training platform is compatible across all devices and can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. All our online courses come with a standard 90 days access that can be extended upon request. Our expert trainers are constantly on hand to help you with any questions which may arise.

  • Unlimited mock exam attempts --> Certificates provided online
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This is the same great training as our classroom learning but carried out at your own business premises. This is the perfect option for larger scale training requirements and means less time away from the office.


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Our courses can be adapted to meet your individual project or business requirements regardless of scope.


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This gives your team a great opportunity to come together, bond, and discuss, which you may not get in a standard classroom setting.


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Keep track of your employees’ progression and performance in your own workspace.

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