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The Creative Writing major gives you hands-on experience in writing, editing and publishing.

You’ll study the fundamentals of creative writing craft, explore your own writing style and learn the tools of the publishing industry. With a choice of electives, you can specialise in writing for youth, writing for the illustrated book, or online publication.

Career opportunities

Author, editor, publisher, educator, professional writer, journalist

Major (8)

For a major in Creative Writing, students must successfully complete 8 courses:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
CMN116 Playing with Words : an Introduction to Creative Writing Craft
  • Semester 1
Anti: CMN215 and CMN515
CMN117 Playing with Genre
  • Semester 2
 
CMN260 Writing the Short Story
  • Semester 2
Pre: CMN116 or CMN215 or enrolled in Program AR514, AR614, AR541, AR641, AR841, AR505, AR605, XP601 or UP601
Anti: CMN560

PLUS select 5 courses from:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
CMN213 Editing for the Communications Professional
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Session 8
Pre: Any 2 courses or enrolled in Program UU301, XU301, AR514, AR614, AR541, AR641, AR841, AR543, AR643, AR613, AR513, AR605, AR505 or XP601 or UP601
Anti: CMN513
CMN228 Media Publishing: Law & Ethics
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Session 8
Pre: Any 2 courses or enrolled in Program UU301, XU301, AR614, AR541, AR641, AR841, AR543, AR643, AR613, AR605, AR505, XP601 or UP601
Anti: CMN528
CMN246 Writing for Young Adults
  • Semester 1
Pre: CMN215 or CMN116 or enrolled in Program AR514, AR614, AR541, AR641, AR841, AR522, AR605, AR505, XP601 or UP601
Anti: CMN245 or CMN546
CMN247 Creative Writing for the Illustrated Book
  • Semester 2
Pre: CMN215 or CMN116 or enrolled in Program AR514, AR614, AR541, AR641, AR841, AR522, AR505, AR605, XP601 or UP601
Anti: CMN245 or CMN547
CMN266 Writing Poetry
  • Semester 1
Pre: CMN116 or CMN117
CMN320 Creative Writing and Editing for e-Publication
  • Semester 2
Pre: CMN213 and CMN246 and CMN247 and CMN260 and CMN266 and (CMN116 or CMN215
EGL201 Reality Bites: An Exploration of Non-Fiction
  • Semester 1
 
EGL285 Wonderworlds: An Exploration of English Literature
  • Semester 2
Pre: Any 2 courses or enrolled in Program UU301, XU301, AR505, AR605, AR541, AR641, AR614, AR841, XP601 or UP601
Anti: AUS285 or AUS585

Minor (4)

For a minor in Creative Writing, students must successfully complete 4 courses:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
CMN116 Playing with Words : an Introduction to Creative Writing Craft
  • Semester 1
Anti: CMN215 and CMN515
CMN117 Playing with Genre
  • Semester 2
 
CMN260 Writing the Short Story
  • Semester 2
Pre: CMN116 or CMN215 or enrolled in Program AR514, AR614, AR541, AR641, AR841, AR505, AR605, XP601 or UP601
Anti: CMN560

PLUS select 1 course from:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
CMN246 Writing for Young Adults
  • Semester 1
Pre: CMN215 or CMN116 or enrolled in Program AR514, AR614, AR541, AR641, AR841, AR522, AR605, AR505, XP601 or UP601
Anti: CMN245 or CMN546
CMN247 Creative Writing for the Illustrated Book
  • Semester 2
Pre: CMN215 or CMN116 or enrolled in Program AR514, AR614, AR541, AR641, AR841, AR522, AR505, AR605, XP601 or UP601
Anti: CMN245 or CMN547

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