200.00 Hours Required

Delivery Options: ONLINE

Course Schedule

Are you motivated to put pen to paper and begin or continue your creative writing endeavours? If so, this focused Creative Writing Certificate program may be perfect for you. The program covers many aspects of the creative writer's world from writing and copy editing, to exploring and writing in various genres, to publishing and promoting written work. The evaluative and interactive model will ensure you receive rich instructor feedback and supportive peer review throughout the process. End the program by having a portion of your work evaluated in the final project course by a published author who will mentor and encourage you in your writing.

This online, flexible and interactive program will allow you to learn the theory behind your writing as well as allow time to write and receive instructor and student feedback on what you've written. Some courses are also offered in a classroom setting. All courses are taught by published authors, many who have received national and international awards.

This is one of three writing certificate programs offered online through Continuing Education. Other certificates include:

This certificate is perfect if you:

  • Write – or aspire to write – fiction or creative non-fiction for children or adults
  • Want to transition from corporate or journalistic writing to creative writing
  • Would like to learn from published authors
  • Enjoy online learning

This certificate is offered completely online, although some courses may be occasionally offered in the classroom at the main campus.

Online learning is a learning option that caters to busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. It is learning that relies on the Internet for access to learning materials as well as interaction with instructors and fellow learners.

In this online program, you will work within scheduled start- and end-dates, and assignment timelines. In most cases, the times you choose to work will be entirely up to you. It is strongly recommended that you log into the University's online learning software three to four times per week to keep pace with the class. Readings, assignments and contributions will be required on a weekly basis. Graded assignments, participation marks, and sometimes exams, are also given for a final letter grade mark. You should plan on studying and working a minimum of six hours per week per course.

Before taking your first online course, it is recommended to take the free course, Digital Skills for Learning Online.

All Continuing Education Certificates have been developed with part-time learners in mind. Online programming allows you to complete this program at a pace that can fit your needs and schedule.

The Creative Writing Certificate is a 200-hour program. All students must complete the four core courses and at least one genre course. The remaining hours can be completed with genre or optional courses. It is strongly recommended that core courses be completed first before taking additional courses.

This is a self-paced program, which many students complete in 12 to 18 months. To learn if fast tracking this program is an option, please call to speak to a student advisor.

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A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program.

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.

You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once admitted, you can be confident that completed and eligible courses will apply to your certificate.

Depending on selected options and required prerequisites, the approximate cost to complete this certificate is $4,200.

Important: Students are expected to have university-level English writing skills including grammar, vocabulary, and basic writing experience. For those needing these skills, WRI 110 Writing Well can be taken at the beginning of the program and credited as one of the elective courses.

Applying for the Creative Writing Certificate is a two-step process:

1. Writing Assessment

Submit two creative writing samples. A total of 6 – 10 pages, double-spaced, is required (poetry samples may be shorter). Please upload your samples to the creative writing samples assessment application and pay the required $50 fee (non-refundable).

Your samples are reviewed by a published author/instructor in the program and written feedback on your writing is provided. This evaluation of your writing helps to ensure success in the creative writing process and certificate program by identifying strengths, genre selection and potential areas for improvement.

2. Certificate Admission

Upon approval, you be will invited to complete the certificate admission application and pay a $105 certificate admission fee.

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 certificate.

To apply for advanced standing, click here.

Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates

If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education certificate, you may be able to transfer some credits between programs. For details, please review the Transferability section in the certificate programs that you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.

Please Note:

The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 100 hours for this certificate.

On completion of one certificate, you may wish to pursue studies in another.

On completion of this certificate, up to 100 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards certificates in Professional Writing specializing in Business and Technical Writing and Professional Writing specializing in Marketing and Public Relations. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.

If you wish to pursue another certificate program please complete the Application for Admission for your next certificate, and contact us requesting transfer of the equivalent course credits, or contact a student advisor for assistance at 403-220-2866. You must request the transfer of the equivalent courses credits to apply to your next certificate – this will not happen without your request.

Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering at the same time for three or more courses. During checkout, be sure to select the 'Apply a discount' option next to each eligible course. Choose '5% Bundle Discount' from the menu. Some restrictions may apply (i.e., all courses must take place within the current academic year).

Note: BMC 352 Learning Online and WRI 500 Creative Writing Final Project are not eligible for the discount.

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:

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

View our Graduation page for details.

This certificate program is not eligible for application for a study permit. International students who wish to live and work in Canada should see our International Professional Programs.

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