Course Description

You will have opportunity to hone your writing and editing skills through writing, discussion with peers, and 10 hours of mentorship with a published author. You will provide a pre-course submission within your chosen genre. The work in progress will be a minimum of 10-15 pages and will also include a learning agreement describing the project and the direction of the work. The submission must be received at least one month prior to the course start date. You will enhance your skills and understanding of the writer’s craft specific to genre, and produce a small manuscript of approximately 40-50 pages maximum length.

To register into this course, please call 403.220.2866 in the Calgary area or 1.866.220.4992 (toll-free).

Course Details

Broad Learning Outcome:

This will be a project-centered learning course.  You will work closely with a mentor to assist your writing process, who will provide you with close editing toward a final draft.  This draft may become a significant body of work toward a portfolio that can serve you well with a grant application or a query sample to a publisher.

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate risk-taking and experimentation with genre or category through effective writing skills and techniques, and a short reading from the project
  • Develop a portfolio of written creative work
  • Reduce the isolation that occurs for creative writers in developing a community
  • Apply editing and good writing practices to creative writing projects


Prerequisites: Completion of all 160 hours of core, genre and optional courses. This course is restricted to students registered in the Creative Writing Certificate  and is to be taken as the final course in the certificate.

WRI 460 Writing a Novel: First Draft OR
WRI 450 Writing Short Fiction OR
WRI 430 Writing Creative Non-Fiction OR
WRI 420 Writing Poetry AND
WRI 120 Copy Editing and Proofreading AND
WRI 140 Creative Writing Exploration AND
BMC 352 Learning Online (or BMC 152 Learning Online or Learning Online Waiver)

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)


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Apr 07, 2020 to Jun 22, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $1,055.00
Reading List / Textbook
No Required Text
Section Notes

Prerequisites: Completion of all 160 hours of core, optional and elective courses. This course is restricted to students registered in the Creative Writing certificate program.

Students are required to contact the Program Coordinator to receive their Learning Agreement and provide a pre-course submission (10-15 pages) within the chosen genre.  The submission must be received at least one month prior to the course start date. E-mail conted@ucalgary.ca for more information.

NO ONLINE REGISTRATIONS. To register, please call: 403.220.2866 (in the Calgary area) or 1.866.220.4992 (toll-free in N. America), Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Mountain Time.

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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