In Creative Writing, you’ll 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. Your studies will familiarize you with practical aspects of the writing life, and will include courses in poetry, short fiction, editing and publishing, and more.
- Campus: Okanagan
- Faculty: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
- Degree: Bachelor of Arts
- 4 yrs Length
- Yes Co-op Option
- No Honours Option
Creative Writing provides you with an opportunity to study literature and literary criticism, and to bring what you learn from these studies into your own work. The program fosters a supportive community of faculty and peers in which you’ll find encouragement to explore new genres and writing forms.
Experiential learning and research
As part of your coursework, you will have the opportunity to complete extensive manuscript production. You also have the option of taking a directed studies course, where you will investigate a creative writing practice and complete a significant writing project. The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies offers $2,500 undergraduate research awards that provide undergraduate students support to engage in research and creative activities over the summer months.
The Creative Writing program at UBC’s Okanagan campus organizes author readings throughout the academic year and runs an annual short story contest. You can also join the Creative Writing Course Union to connect with peers and share your work.