Creative Writing

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

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.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 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.

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.

You’ll build your portfolio by creating a varied body of work during hands-on projects. You’ll be actively involved in writing projects, chapbook production, magazine editing, making work with new media, student anthology production, and community learning projects. This is all while studying under a faculty of award-winning writers dedicated to helping you experiment and grow as a writer.

Courses range in topics, including poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, novels, playwriting, screenplay, writing with media, editing and publishing, and community learning.

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. A visiting writers series and Writer-in-Residence program provide additional opportunities to meet, and learn from, accomplished writers. You can also join the Creative Writing Course Union to connect with peers and share your work.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

Students in the Creative Writing program are actively involved in writing projects – including chapbook production, magazine editing, and more – that are relevant to future careers in writing. Job opportunities for graduates range from arts journalist and web writer, to novelist and publisher.

Program graduates

  • Content writer coordinator, Walt Disney Co.
  • Contributing writer, The Phoenix News
  • Script writer, Edge Digital Media
  • Published writer, Puritan Magazine
  • Freelance writer

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

  • No specific courses required beyond those needed for general admission
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