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Creative Writing

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.

Creative Writing

The Associate of Arts Degree with Specialization in Creative Writing provides students with theory and practice in writing poetry, plays, fiction, children’s literature and personal narrative. Students may further specialize in one of the genres by taking advanced courses. The workshop method of teaching allows students to develop the critical thinking skills needed for revising their own work, as well as the interpersonal skills necessary to participate in upper level and graduate level workshops in university.

Admission requirements

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Creative Writing

Welcome to the Creative Writing Department at Douglas College! You’ve always wanted to write. Let us show you how.

Transfer Options

Our program offers students a variety of first, second and third year university transfer courses in writing poetry, fiction, speculative fiction, stage play, screenplay, personal narrative, memoir, songwriting, and children’s literature.

Face-to-face Workshops

In addition to writing and discussing your own creative works, Creative Writing classes at Douglas College include discussions of published writing and craft lectures. All our classes are built around a classic face-to-face workshop model that invites and encourages participation from students.

Please read the Creative Writing Handbook and see the links in the sidebar on this web page for information about Douglas College’s Creative Writing Program, including detailed information about all our courses, instructors, and scholarship opportunities, as well as information about the Associate of Arts Degree with Specialization in Creative Writing and other items of interest.

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The Associate of Arts Degree with a Specialization in Creative Writing provides successful students with the first 60 credits of an undergraduate degree and helps these students compile a competitive portfolio of creative writing with which they might apply to creative writing programs at university. Courses focus on theory and practice in writing poetry, plays, fiction, speculative fiction, children’s literature, songwriting, and personal narrative.

Students may further specialize in one (or more) of the genres by taking advanced courses. We also offer dual admission at SFU, and have established relationships with Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK) that may interest you.

To inquire about our program, please contact Wayde Compton, Chair of Creative Writing, at [email protected]