English

Creative Writing — Bachelor of Arts

QUICK FACTS

Credential:
Bachelor's degree

Duration:
4 years

Options:
Minor, extended minor

How to apply

Start date:
September, January, May 

Location:
Abbotsford campus

Cost:
(Details)

FEATURES:

  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid work experience in your field of study
  • Small class sizes and committed professors provide a rich environment to grow as a creative writer.
  • Program eligible for financial aid

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

UFV's Bachelor of Arts with a minor or extended minor in Creative Writing gives you the skills to develop your personal style and to become a better writer and storyteller.

UFV offers a wide range of writing genres to explore, such as fiction, drama, poetry, and screenwriting.

In your first and second year, you learn the fundamental techniques and strategies of creative writing, practise your writing in various genres, and learn to critique writing in a co-operative workshop setting. You hone you expertise and expand your writing repertoire as you participate in  constructive critique sessions with your classmates.

In your third and fourth year, you take advanced, genre-specific courses to develop the skills particular to the topics that you are passionate about. Write your own novel, become proficient in poetry or prose, or create your own screenplay.

The ability to write well is a highly sought-after skill that can take you to many different industries such as business, marketing, journalism, publishing or new media.

View the program outline for the Creative Writing minor and extended minor in the UFV Academic Calendar.

Note: You can also take a Creative Writing concentration as part as a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English.

Additional opportunities

Join UFV's creative writing club, CreWri. CreWri isn’t just for English or Fine Arts majors; as long as want to develop your creative writing skills and wish to join a group of people who are also writers, you are welcome to sign up. CreWri offers creative writing workshops, readings, and contests throughout the year. Visit CreWri on Facebook to find their latest news and upcoming events.

Get published in UFV's Louden Singletree Literary and Visual Arts Magazine. Launched in 2008, the Louden Singletree magazine is a student-based initiative, which aims to assemble the best literature and visual art from UFV, including submissions from students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

CAREER EXPECTATIONS

Thanks to emerging technologies in the book publishing industry, writers can reach readers both in print and online. Digital books are now accounting for 20% of most publishers’ sales revenue. E-readers have reduced inventory and distribution costs (always high in a country as large as Canada), eliminated returns, and increased direct-to-consumer sales.

The demand for writing and editing skills within both traditional and new media is growing. Graduates can find work in publishing, journalism, freelance writing, marketing, business, media and communications, and education. Firms working in new technologies also look for writers to fill positions as web producers, content strategists, and technical writers.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

The entrance requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree will apply to the Creative writing program.

View the Bachelor of Arts entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.

OTHER ADMISSION CATEGORIES

This program is open to international students

UPGRADING OPTIONS

Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

Make an appointment with an Upgrading and University Preparation advisor to discuss your upgrading needs.

QUESTIONS?

Phone: 604-864-4674
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441, ext. 4674
Email: advising@ufv.ca
See an advisor

Description

The UFV English program helped me to gain an appreciation for a wide variety of literary genres, cultural and historical perspectives, and, of course, to find my own writing style. This solid educational platform helped me build a dynamic career; being able to communicate with clarity and impact are integral components of my job.

  • – Adam Simpson
  •    Project management advisor for the UN

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