48 Best universities for Creative Writing in Canada

Updated: February 29, 2024

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Below is a list of best universities in Canada ranked based on their research performance in Creative Writing. A graph of 246K citations received by 19.8K academic papers made by 48 universities in Canada was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

Please note that our approach to subject rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science research profiles.

1. University of Toronto

For Creative Writing

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2. University of British Columbia

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3. University of Alberta

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4. McGill University

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5. York University

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6. University of Calgary

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7. University of Victoria

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8. Simon Fraser University

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9. Western University

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10. Queen's University

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11. University of Ottawa

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12. McMaster University

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13. University of Waterloo

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14. Carleton University

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15. University of Montreal

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16. University of Manitoba

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17. Memorial University of Newfoundland

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18. Wilfrid Laurier University

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19. Dalhousie University

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20. University of Saskatchewan

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21. Brock University

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22. Ryerson University

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23. Concordia University

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24. University of Windsor

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25. University of Guelph

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26. University of Regina

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27. Trent University

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28. University of Quebec in Montreal

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29. Laval University

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30. Laurentian University

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31. St. Francis Xavier University

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32. University of Lethbridge

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33. University of New Brunswick

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34. University of Winnipeg

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35. Lakehead University

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36. Mount Saint Vincent University

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37. University of Sherbrooke

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38. University of Northern British Columbia

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39. Saint Mary's University

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40. Acadia University

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41. University of Prince Edward Island

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42. Nipissing University

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43. Ontario Tech University

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44. Thompson Rivers University

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45. Brandon University

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46. Mount Royal University

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47. MacEwan University

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48. Mount Allison University

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The best cities to study Creative Writing in Canada based on the number of universities and their ranks are Toronto , Vancouver , Edmonton , and Montreal .

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Major in Creative Writing

Daniel Tysdal teaches a creative writing class

Does your love of literature go beyond scholarship? Are you an aspiring author who wants to add a practical, hands-on component to your university education? Then you've come to the right place: UTSC is the only campus at UofT where you can earn a Major in Creative Writing. Our dedicated faculty take a workshop-based, experiential approach to the study and practice of the literary arts. This means that while you learn how classic and contemporary authors pursue their craft, you also take the exciting first steps towards building your own writing practice.

Our Major program places a particular emphasis on professionalization and how to make your way as a writer in the real world. Our teaching faculty are active and award-winning writers themselves, and the program stream culminates in a practical seminar on "Creative Writing as a Profession." You will also benefit from working each year with a new  Writer-in-Residence , and you will have the opportunity to connect with our close-knit and active creative writing alumni network, including recent graduates who have already had their work published.

As a creative writing student you will be part of a vibrant undergraduate community, and have access to a jam-packed calendar of readings, talks, festivals, and other events (just scan  our Events page  to see what's happened in the past and coming up in the future). You can also participate in C.O.W. (our creative writing club), enter contests, and get published in the UTSC arts journal  Scarborough Fair.

There is no better place to immerse yourself in the literary arts than Toronto, the heart of Canada's publishing industry. Join UTSC's growing community of creative writers, and learn how to make your own literary mark on the world.

Here is a route map for navigating the Creative Writing Major (you can expand the map by right-clicking or option-clicking):

route map for navigating the Creative Writing Major

How to Apply to the Major in Creative Writing

Students may apply to the Major in Creative Writing after they have completed  ENGA03H3  and have accumulated a minimum of 4.0 credits. Students typically apply at the end of their first year.

To apply, applicants must complete two steps:

1. Applicants must request entry to the program on ACORN during the application period as outlined below.

2. Applicants must submit a portfolio for adjudication during the application period as outlined below.

The Portfolio:

The portfolio must be 15-20 pages of the applicant’s best writing in poetry, fiction (either short stories or selections from a longer work), and/or creative non-fiction. Portfolios may include work completed in ENGA03H3 and/or work completed prior to admission to UTSC. The portfolio must be accompanied by a brief letter of application (1–2 pages) addressed to the Program Advisor in Creative Writing. The letter should discuss the applicant’s experience as a writer, their future goals in the creative writing program, and a work of literature that has inspired them.

Application Periods:

There are two application periods for the Creative Writing Program, one in March/April for students applying at the end of the Winter session (Round 1), and one in June/July for students applying at the end of the Summer session (Round 2). Students should visit the  Office of the Registrar website  for the exact dates of these periods, and make sure to apply on ACORN and submit their portfolios by the end of these periods. (Please note: Creative Writing is considered a “limited enrolment program.”)

How to Submit Portfolios:

Portfolios and letters should be submitted as one document to  [email protected]  by the end of the chosen application period. (Don’t forget: applicants also need to request entry to the program on ACORN by this deadline.) Students who are not successful in their first attempt are eligible to apply again. These students must submit a new portfolio and letter of application by the deadlines outlined above.

A Note on Creative Writing Course Enrolments:

Creative Writing courses at UTSC are usually workshop-based and capped at 20 students. Enrolment is prioritized for students who have taken the prerequisites and are already enrolled in either the Minor or Major in Creative Writing. That said, there is occasionally room in our courses for students who are not studying creative writing intensively. If you are a non-first year student who is not enrolled in the program but would like to apply for a B-level Creative Writing course, please submit a course-specific portfolio (including your student number). Here are the details and contacts:

-  ENGB60 Creative Writing: Poetry I : Email 5-10 pages of poetry to  [email protected] . Please note if you are applying for the F or S term.

-  ENGB61 Creative Writing: Fiction I : Email 5-10 pages of fiction or other prose writing to  [email protected] .  Please note if you are applying for the F or S term.

-  ENGB63 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction I : Email 5-10 pages of non-fiction, fiction, or other prose writing to  [email protected] .

To start your creative writing journey at UTSC:

If you are a first-year student and/or new to Creative Writing, your first step should be to enrol in  ENGA03H3 Introduction to Creative Writing . This is the prerequisite for entry into the Creative Writing program. Most students take this course in their first year, and then apply for entry to the program once they’ve completed it.

If you have any questions, please email:  [email protected] . We are happy to help and look forward to receiving and reading your work!  

Program Requirements

Students in the Major must complete  7.5 credits  as follows: 

1. 3.0 credits:

ENGA03H3  Introduction to Creative Writing ENGB60H3  Creative Writing: Poetry I ENGB61H3  Creative Writing: Fiction I ENGB63H3  Creative Non-Fiction I ENGD95H3  Creative Writing as a Profession ENGC86H3  Creative Writing: Poetry II or  ENGC87H3  Creative Writing: Fiction II or  ENGC88H3  Creative Non-Fiction II

2. 2.0 credits to be selected from: 

ENGC04H3  Creative Writing: Screenwriting ENGC05H3  Creative Writing: Poetry and New Media ENGC06H3  Creative Writing: Writing for Comics ENGC08H3  Special Topics in Creative Writing I ENGC24H3  Creative Writing: The Art of the Personal Essay ENGC86H3  Creative Writing: Poetry II (if not already counted as a required course) ENGC87H3  Creative Writing: Fiction II (if not already counted as a required course) ENGC88H3  Creative Non-Fiction II (if not already counted as a required course) ENGC89H3  Creative Writing and Performance ENGD22H3  Special Topics in Creative Writing II ENGD26Y3  Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Poetry ENGD27Y3  Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Prose ENGD28Y3  Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Special Topics

3. 2.5 Additional credits in English

Note:  A maximum of 1.0 credit in creative writing courses may be taken at another campus.

For more details on program requirements, visit the  UTSC Calendar . Questions about the program should be directed to Professor Andrew Westoll ( [email protected] ). 

Interested in learning more about how our courses are structured and how you might develop your own path through your Minor in Creative Writing? Visit our  Routes and Threads  page.

Creative Writing Major

Creative Writing

Why creative writing.

In this program, you will learn how to craft stories, create characters, and connect emotionally with your readers. You’ll write fiction stories that take you to new worlds, heartfelt poetry that captures emotions, scripts for plays or shows that bring stories to life, and personal essays that share your unique experience.

You’ll also be part of our creative writing community. You can meet Canadian authors through Gryphons Read or share stories with inmates in the Walls to Bridges program.  

As you improve your writing skills, you’ll learn more about yourself. You’ll ask questions like: Who am I? What do I care about? Where do I want to go? What matters most to me? It’s a chance to explore and express yourself through writing, in all kinds of genres! 

To see all courses offered in this degree, visit our Academic Calendar .

  Write about Big Ideas 

Get inspired to write about important topics like social justice and the environment. Use your voice to make a positive impact on society and help shape a better world for everyone.  

  Meet Famous Writers

Meet our amazing professors who are famous writers, playwrights, directors, and screenwriters, with decades of experience: 

  • Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes)
  • Catherine Bush (Blaze Island)
  • Judith Thompson (Watching Glory Die)

  Build Your Writing Skills

In class, you’ll explore two of your favourite types of writing, like stories or poetry. By the end, you’ll have a strong portfolio of your work. It’ll be perfect for applying to graduate programs or starting a career in writing! 

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Laila Mugammar

Studying creative writing at the University of Guelph taught me the importance of storytelling, and bearing witness to the stories of others. I learned how to craft my own experiences and present them persuasively, write with intention, and build a world with my words. These are skills I carry with me everywhere I go.

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Regardless of your career path, the skills and experience derived from the Creative Writing program will prepare you for the future.   

You could become a published author, or dive into screenwriting by crafting scripts for the big screen or TV. There’s also journalism, where your knack for storytelling and research can shine in reporting news and features. Marketing and advertising firms seek writers to create compelling campaigns, while nonprofits and NGOs need writers to advocate for causes. Regardless, a creative writing degree opens doors to careers where your words can inspire, inform, and entertain audiences across industries.  

Graduates can go on to the Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing (MFA).   

Here are just a few careers our graduates have successfully pursued:  

Playwright Novelist  

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Students considering the Creative Writing program may also be interested in studying English , Theatre Studies , History , Psychology , Music and Studio Art , or other programs .  

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York University

Creative Writing BA

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Honours

Learn how to transform the world through writing.

We believe good writing can be taught and that good writers can be trained to be better writers.  Our faculty are all published writers with vast experience in a variety of genres including novels, short stories, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, cross-genre writing and digital experimentation.

Our faculty and recent graduates have been finalists or winners of almost every major Canadian literary award. Many continue to be active in the literary community, founding and staffing several major Canadian literary journals and presses. Our graduates are known for collaborating on publishing ventures that have changed Canadian literature.

Please note this program is intended for students with a year of undergraduate studies and is not for direct entry from high school. Students may apply after completing their first 48 credits by presenting a portfolio containing work in both poetry and prose fiction as evidence of writing experience .

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What you’ll learn 

  • In every course, you’ll learn the hands-on skills needed to enter the professional literary world.
  • Exposure to core creative writing skills lets you develop your own style and gain confidence in your writing.
  • You’ll develop the communication, research, organizational, management and teamwork skills prized by today’s employers

Hands-on experiences 

  • Get an intimate view of Canada’s literary scene from alumni who are professional writers, editors and publishers.
  • Attend the Creative Writing Readers Series where you’ll hear contemporary Canadian and international writers in conversation and reading or performing their work.
  • Immerse yourself in a co-op with the Brick Literary Journal and other publishers.

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The Creative Writing cohorts at York are always small. This allows for more individualized feedback from professors and peers on your writing, and fosters greater personal growth as a writer. It also generates a sense of community and belonging which is often lacking in larger programs. Studying Creative Writing enabled me to learn how to approach literature through the perspective of the writer, something that isn't explored in most English classes where various literary theories and external perspectives are placed on texts.

— Ekraz Singh Alumna, Creative Writing '13

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Honours bachelor of creative writing and publishing.

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There's more to the world of writing than you think.

Program overview, prepare for a career in both writing and publishing.

In this unique program, you'll gain experience in a variety of writing genres and media platforms — and be ready for a career in today's publishing industry. You'll graduate with a broad skill set that gives you the opportunity to choose a variety of career paths.

Focus on your interests

This flexible program allows you to focus on your interests and career goals. In addition to core courses in creative writing, publishing and literary studies, your program electives let you tailor your education in these three disciplines. You'll have the opportunity to take courses from Sheridan's arts and business degrees and collaborate with students in other programs.

Connect with communities

Relationships with audiences, writers and the publishing community are integral parts of being an author. In this program, you're encouraged to develop these relationships through internships, connecting with literary communities, editing and publishing literary journals, writing reviews and more. You'll have the chance to make an impact in your community of practice — and community at large.

Learn from expert faculty

With experience in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama and new media, our faculty have collectively written and edited in nearly every genre. Their work includes historical novels, creative non-fiction and criticism, sci-fi, comedy, children's lit and beyond. You'll benefit from their expertise — and gain a solid foundation for your writing or publishing career.

Our faculty are successful industry professionals who have, to date:

  • Authored 17 books, with more in progress
  • Authored more than 220 shorter works, published in national and international journals, literary magazines and anthologies
  • Authored 56 journalistic articles and counting
  • Edited 123 books, with more in progress
  • Been shortlisted for 35 writing awards
  • Won four awards for writing and 13 awards for editing
  • Had seven plays produced

Be a part of Sheridan's emerging literary culture

As a student in this program, you'll be part of Sheridan's emerging literary culture. Events like Sheridan Reads bring together students, faculty and staff, community groups, libraries and public service organizations to discuss and celebrate the works of local and international writers (most recently Lawrence Hill and Thomas King).

Other initiatives such as the 905 Road Show: Creativity Cabaret, using the power of narrative to forge connections between individuals and communities, have also helped bring creative writers to Sheridan — and foster a culture of literary appreciation on campus.

Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a seven-year term starting October 18, 2022 and subject to renewal thereafter. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario Colleges. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing and Publishing program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Credentials earned during the period of consent remain valid, even if Ministry consent to offer the program is withdrawn in the future. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g. acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

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Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

Introduction to Creative Writing 3
Professional Writing and Copyediting 3
Fundamentals of Publishing 3
Literature Elective (1000 Level) 3
Degree Breadth Elective 3

Total credits: 15

Narrative & New Media 3
Reading Like a Writer 3
Fundamentals of Editing 3
Composition & Rhetoric 3
Degree Breadth Elective 3
The Business of Publishing 3
Program Elective 3
Degree Breadth Elective 3

And one of the following courses:

Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Drama 3
Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Fiction 3
Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Poetry 3
Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Creative Nonfiction 3
Reading to the Restoration (Pre-1660) 3
Reading After the Restoration (1660 to the Present) 3
Substantive Editing 3
Research for Writing and Publishing 3
Program Elective 3
Degree Breadth Elective 3
Self-Publishing 3
Program Elective 3
Literature Elective (2000 or 3000 Level) 3
Degree Breadth Elective 3

Plus one of the following:

Publishing: Audience, Markets & Media Platforms 3
Creative Writing: Advanced Creative Writing Workshop 1: 2 Genres 3
Copyright and Contracts 3
Program Elective 3
Degree Breadth Elective 3

And one of the following:

  Publishing Elective 3
  Creative Writing Elective 3
Publishing: Advanced Copy Editing 3
Advanced Creative Writing Workshop: Single Genre 3
Professional Practices for Writers 3
Degree Breadth Elective 3
Publishing: Sheridan Community Reads Project 3
Creative Writing: Literary Journals and Zines 3
Master Class – Publishing 3
Master Class – Creative Writing 3
Publishing: Acquisitions and Imprint Identity 3
Creative Writing: Literature Elective (4000 Level) 3


Internship/Placement (420 Credit Hours) 3
Portfolio 3
Degree Breadth Elective 3
Honours Publishing Project 3
Honours Writing Project 3
Program Elective (2000, 3000 or 4000 Level) 3
Emergent Issues in Writing 3
Emergent Issues in Publishing 3
Creative Writing: Literature Elective (4000 Level) 3
Program Elective (2000, 3000 or 4000 Level) 3
Emergent Issues in Writing 3
Emergent Issues in Publishing 3

Program Electives may include courses such as:*

  • Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Drama
  • Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Fiction
  • Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Poetry
  • Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Creative Non-Fiction
  • Reviewing Culture
  • Interactive Fiction
  • Emergent Issues in Writing (Managing Literary Celebrity)
  • Emergent Issues in Publishing (The Prize Economy)
  • Writing for Children
  • Principles of Creative Writing Pedagogy

Literature Electives may include courses such as:*

  • Introduction to Popular Literature
  • Understanding Narrative
  • Gender and Sexuality in Literature
  • The Twenty-First Century Novel
  • Children’s Literature: A Primer
  • Adaptation: From Text to Film
  • Life Writing: Personal Narrative and the Construction of Self
  • Censorship and Literature: Critical Approaches
  • American Road Narratives
  • Topics in Eco-Criticism

*Please note that not all courses will be available every semester.

Courses subject to change.

Current students should refer to their ⁠ Academic Requirements in myStudentCentre to track their academic progress and outstanding course requirements.

Find course details for electives:

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Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • English, Grade 12 ENG4U, or EWC4U (Writer’s Craft) with a minimum grade of 70%
  • Five other Grade 12 credits at U or M level
  • Minimum 65% overall average
  • Two semesters of postsecondary education, including required courses, with a minimum of 65% overall average.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program may be advised individually regarding other related programs.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements .

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an Entrance Scholarship to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Career Opportunities

Here are some jobs you might find:

  • Copy/Substantive/Acquisitions Editor
  • Marketing/Sales Rep
  • Literary Agent

Degree Completion

Advanced entry challenge exams, get credit for what you know.

Sheridan recognizes and appreciates that advanced learning doesn’t always require standard classroom instruction, and that opportunities to advance skills and learn new technologies are everywhere.

If you have significant knowledge and experience in programming, web development, database and/or networking, you may choose to complete Advanced Entry Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (AEPLAR) Challenge Exams for academic credit towards your Sheridan Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma.

How do Challenge Exams work?

AEPLAR Challenge Exams are administered by and through the Sheridan College Assessment Centre or through an approved Test Centre. There are fees to write each exam (an Assessment Centre fee and a Challenge Exam fee).

Your completed Challenge Exam(s) will be evaluated to determine whether you’re eligible for credit in one or more courses within the identified program streams.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and Advanced Standing credits are subject to Sheridan’s policies and procedures. Learn more about Sheridan’s Credit Transfer policies and procedures .

I have previous postsecondary education. Should I write a Challenge Exam?

No. Challenge Exams are designed for applicants with knowledge and experience gained outside of formal education. If you have previous postsecondary education, we encourage you to apply for Advanced Standing instead — you may be eligible to apply your previously earned credits towards your new program at Sheridan .

What subjects can I complete Challenge Exams for?

Challenge Exams for applicants to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program are designed to test skills in specific knowledge streams within this program:

  • Programming – Introductory
  • Programming – .NET
  • Programming – Advanced Java
  • Web Development
  • Operating Systems
  • Software Design
  • Mobile App Development – Android
  • Mobile App Development – iOS
  • Game Development – UNITY

You can also choose to complete Challenge Exams for specific individual courses within the Computer Systems Technology program.

Complete a free self-assessment test to help you determine whether Challenge Exams are a good option for you.

How do I apply to complete a Challenge Exam?

Step 1: make sure you meet the program admission requirements.

You must meet the program admission requirements to be eligible for admission and PLAR.

Step 2: Complete a free self-assessment

Complete a free self-assessment test for each knowledge stream you wish to challenge. This will help you determine whether your current skills will enable you to succeed in the Challenge Exam(s).

Step 3: Apply to Sheridan's Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma program

Apply to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program .

To be eligible to complete Challenge Exams for this program, you must select "Advanced Entry" as the level of the program on your application.

Step 4: Follow the instructions to complete your Challenge Exam(s)

Once Sheridan receives your application, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to register and pay for your Challenge Exam(s). Follow those instructions.

Once you’ve completed your Challenge Exam(s), subject matter experts in Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology will evaluate them within 10 business days. The Faculty will forward your results to the Office of the Registrar, and any approved credit transfers will be posted in your Credit Transfer centre. Exam feedback will not be provided.

Step 5: Accept your offer of admission and pay your program fees

If you receive an offer of admission to Sheridan, please follow the instructions to confirm your offer and pay your fees by the due dates indicated in order to reserve your spot in the program.

We wish you success in this process and look forward to seeing you at Sheridan!

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2024–2025 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic semesters of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent semesters are not reflected on this website.

Fees for Canadian students

Fees for international students, financial aid & awards.

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

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International Entrance Scholarship

All new international students* beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (Year 1, Semester 1) in Spring 2024, Fall 2024 or Winter 2025 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.

*ESL and programs with tuition reduction are excluded

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to select applicants in this degree program. A minimum GPA of 75% is required in order to be considered. Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for additional eligibility criteria and more.

  • Produce creative writing in at least three genres and forms drawn from the areas of poetry, fiction, drama, creative non-fiction, children's literature, graphic novels, film and review.
  • Apply specialized knowledge in a specific genre and medium.
  • Evaluate your own work and that of others with a view to providing and receiving peer criticism for the purposes of revision.
  • Interpret texts critically and analytically from a range of literary, cultural and historical traditions and precedents.
  • Compile a professional manuscript ready for publication in select genres.
  • Apply knowledge and skills specific to the (self-)publishing industry, including editing and the editorial process, production, formatting, design, marketing and supply chain management.
  • Model a professional attitude with a willingness to collaborate and to listen and respond to constructive criticism.
  • Implement the appropriate technological, applied and creative problem-solving tools to create and publish your own works.
  • Foster and support a literary community by developing a presence in emergent media and across a variety of platforms.
  • Articulate how socially constructed views and identities contribute to the production of diverse voices in yourself and other writers.

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Studio projects are designed to mimic professional practice and require applied theory, creativity and strong technical knowledge. Curriculum is also connected horizontally across each semester to help support the learning in courses happening simultaneously. This demonstrates the inter-connected knowledge and skills required to practice in the industry.

The program provides many opportunities that expose students to practicing professionals and professional practice. Industry leaders and representatives from professional associations like ARIDO and IDC are invited into the classroom as jurors and guest speakers throughout the four years. The internship also provides professional design work experience for students before they enter their final year of study.

The curriculum is student-centric and designed to equip students with the skills that are required for entry-level design positions and advanced study. Manual skills such as drafting, drawing and model making are developed alongside digital skills using current software. Students are also well-versed in the applicable building codes and regulations required to practice in Ontario. Students are exposed to valuable research skills and encouraged to continue their learning past graduation.

Program goals

Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program aspires to:

  • Develop confident, creative and critical thinkers that can solve a variety of problems thoughtfully, improving the quality of the built environment and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  • Equip students with the tools to think independently and ethically to ensure technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision-making.
  • Deliver current and relevant curriculum that incorporates equity, diversity and inclusion. This encourages students to create spaces that foster inclusivity and look at design from various perspectives within diverse communities, involving numerous stakeholders.
  • Inform students regarding the various facets of the profession, engaging them with designers and industry affiliates.
  • Encourage continuous professional and personal growth, instilling a desire to contribute to the profession and society at large. The program encourages students to become active participants in the design community, become members of their local Association, write their NCIDQ exams, give back to the community and become progressive leaders in the profession.
  • Prepare graduates for entry-level design positions, equipped with the required knowledge and skills for employment in the diverse design industry, ensuring they possess the body of knowledge necessary to respond to social and environmental issues, while designing interior spaces that are technically proficient, code-compliant, conceptually strong, sustainable and all-inclusive.
  • Provide enhanced opportunities for students to pursue post-graduate studies, employment, research and/or further their academic studies and/or credentials.

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Get your Osteopathy degree in less time

If you're a graduate of Sheridan's Athletic Therapy or Kinesiology degree program, you may be eligible to start in the second year of this program after completing three bridging courses.

This bridging program will be available in Spring/Summer 2024.

How to apply: Submit an application using the program code PBHSB .

Bridging courses (Spring/Summer Semester)

  • OSTP 17927D: The Science of Osteopathy (3 credits)
  • OSTP 14859: Theoretical Pathways to Osteopathy (5 credits)
  • OSTP 16333: Practical Pathways to Osteopathy (1 credit)

Course exceptions

After successfully completing the assigned bridging courses, you'll be admitted into Year 2 (Semester 3) of our Osteopathy degree. In order to earn your Osteopathy degree, you'll need to complete all courses in the remaining three years of the program , with the following exceptions.

You will additionally take:

  • Year 2: OSTP 11271D: Clinical Methodology (3 credits)
  • Year 2: SCIE 22437D: Human Physiology for Allied Health (2 credits)
  • Year 3: SCIE 31116D: Pathophysiology for Allied Health (3 credits)

You will not need to take:*

  • SCIE 26661D: Pathophysiology 1 (3 credits)
  • OSTP 24645D: Structure & Function 2 – Lower Cervicals, Thorax & Upper Extremity (3 credits)
  • OSTP 22482D: Applied Clinical Practice 2 (1 credit)
  • FLPL 21839D: Internship Prep (1 credit)
  • SCIE 39622D: Pathophysiology 2 – Systemic Interactions (3 credits)
  • RESE 37626D: Statistical Methods in Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • RESE 42279D: Applied Research Methods for Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • BUSM 44956D: Business Entrepreneurship for Clinical Practitioners (3 credits)
  • 6 Degree Breadth Electives (3 credits each)

*Athletic Therapy graduates are also exempt from the following course:

  • OSTP 20782D: Clinical Experience 2 (0.5 credits)

Program Mission

Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

Program Vision

Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.

Critical Performance Statement

Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.

Field Placements

Writer-in-residence program.

Each year, Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing (CW&P) program hosts a Writer-in-Residence. The 8-month residency is awarded to a writer who embodies the distinctiveness and dynamism of the & in our program name.

In addition to working on at least one specific writing project of their own during their tenure, the Writer-in-Residence is responsible for creative leadership, mentoring and public outreach in the area of creative writing and/or publishing.

How our Writer-in-Residence supports Sheridan students

Students in our CW&P program benefit from the work and mentorship of our Writer-in-Residence, who:

  • shares their expertise and experience as a creative professional and working writer;
  • performs public readings from their recently published work and/or current work-in-progress;
  • organizes public lectures and/or workshops; and
  • works with faculty to augment existing curriculum in the area of creative writing, publishing and/or creativity.

2024–25 Writer-in-Residence

Cassidy McFadzean

Fiction writer, editor and poet Cassidy McFadzean is joining Sheridan as the 2024–25 CW&P Writer-in-Residence.

McFadzean was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, where she earned an MA from the University of Regina. She went on to earn an MFA in poetry from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College, where she was co-Editor-in-Chief and Fiction Editor of The Brooklyn Review .

McFadzean is the author of three books of poetry: Crying Dress (House of Anansi, 2024), Drolleries (McClelland & Stewart, 2019), and Hacker Packer (M&S, 2015). Her poetry has appeared in magazines across Canada and the U.S., has been anthologized in The Best Canadian Poetry , In Fine Form 2 , and The New Wascana Anthology . Her fiction has appeared in Joyland , EVENT , Maisonneuve , and The Best Canadian Stories , and is forthcoming in Hazlitt , The Walrus , and Invisible Publishing's collaborative anthology Dead Writers .

In welcoming her to the post, CW&P's Associate Dean Morgan Dennis highlights McFadzean’s expertise in both poetry and fiction, as well as her editorial work at The Brooklyn Review : “McFadzean is such a well-rounded talent, which is exactly what our students are looking for. Plus, her experience in the literary journal market will be of great value to our in-house magazine— The Ampersand Review of Writing & Publishing ."

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Our new graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation is a great professional development (PD) opportunity for many company teams. The program teaches complex problem-solving, creativity, innovation and negotiation skills — competencies that make companies  more resilient and adaptable as they face the unique challenges presented by the future of work.

Why this program is a great choice for PD:

  • Flexible hours — your employees can complete their graduate certificate online, at their own pace.
  • Relevant coursework – they can choose electives that are most applicable to their position at your company.
  • Award-winning faculty – they’ll learn from instructors who are on the cutting-edge of creativity and innovation research.
  • Practicum project – they’ll work alongside our team of experts to resolve an issue that your business is facing today — whether it’s how to leverage artificial intelligence technology, advance your sustainability efforts, update your marketing strategies, address supply chain inefficiencies or another challenge.

Apprenticeship Exemption Test

The Apprenticeship Exemption Test (AET) provides a chance for students who are learning a skilled trade to bypass in-class studies.

In most cases, you need to score 70% or higher to pass the AET. If you score lower than 70%, you'll need to wait three months before you can try again (with some exceptions for certain exams).

Apprenticeship Exemption Tests are administered at the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, through Sheridan's Assessment Centre.

Learn more about the AET, including eligibility criteria, available tests and how to register.

Sheridan is a Ministry-approved Apprenticeship Exemption Test centre, authorized through the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training & Skills Development (MLITSD), for both apprentices and non-apprentices.

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Full-time 4 years Program code: PBCWP

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Why study Creative Writing?

Our Creative Writing program, one of the first of its kind in Canada, immerses you in every aspect of the writing life, from the development of ideas to the publication of finished works. As a Creative Writing student, you’ll learn to approach literature from a writer’s point of view as you develop your own craft under the guidance of published writers and fellow students.

Whether it’s through prose, poetry, or drama, our workshops help you find your voice and your subject. Creative writing students also have the opportunity to supplement their regular courses with master classes conducted by internationally renowned writers during the Writers Read at Concordia series. Concordia has hosted writers such as Julian Barnes, Dionne Brand, CAConrad, Roxane Gay, Renee Gladman, Jorie Graham, Ben Lerner, Daniel David Moses, Fred Moten, Claudia Rankine, George Saunders, A.E. Stallings, and Colm Tóibín.

Montreal’s vibrant English-language literary scene offers a showcase for the work of student writers as well as published authors. The skills acquired in our Creative Writing program can help prepare you for a professional life as a writer, editor, or publisher in print or in electronic media. The Honours in English and Creative Writing is a gateway to graduate study in literature or to further study in creative writing.

Program highlights

  • Small class sizes enable students to workshop their writing as a group
  • Opportunities to develop your writing across numerous genres

Special funding for out-of-province students

Up to  $4000  for undergraduate programs.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background .

Program options

  • Honours in English and Creative Writing (66 credits)*
  • Major in Creative Writing (42 credits)
  • Minor in Creative Writing (24 credits)

*Honours is a highly concentrated program, ideal for students planning to continue to graduate studies. If you are interested in Honours, speak with your program advisor in your first year of study at Concordia. Students applying to the University are able to apply to the major or specialization.

United States students : A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements.

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  • Accepted international qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma:  26
  • Baccalauréat français:  11
  • A-levels: At least two A-level exams CD or
  • AS-levels: At least 4 AS-level exams with equivalent results or
  • BTEC: Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a related subject area with equivalent results
  • Additional information for British System of Education (GCE) applicants
  • University Transfers (internal/external):  C

Additional requirements for admission

  • Letter of Intent

English proficiency Some applicants may be required to write an English language proficiency test with the following minimum scores:

  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) – a minimum score of 100 with 22 in the writing component
  • IELTS – 7.0 overall with a 6.5 in the writing component
  • DET score of 120 and above with no subscore under 90

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

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Fall term

March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

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November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

After your degree

Graduates of the program have the knowledge and skill for any career that values critical thinking and superior communication skills, including a professional life as a writer, editor or publisher. You will also be prepared to undertake graduate studies in either English or Creative Writing.

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  • MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing

The Department of English at the University of Toronto launched the MA Program in English in the Field of Creative Writing (MA CRW) in 2004-05. The program draws both on the expertise of faculty at the University of Toronto and on the extraordinary vitality of Toronto’s writing community. Internationally acclaimed writers, a multiplicity of cultural traditions, and an energetic publishing industry provide the environment for nurturing new talent. Students have at their disposal the academic and creative resources of the English Department, including its strengths in historical research and traditional scholarship, numerous interdisciplinary collaborations, its acknowledged expertise in world literature, and a faculty engaged in new theoretical studies in culture, race, and gender. Students also have access to one of the world’s great library systems, including the manuscript collections at the Fisher Rare Book library. While the program is designed to prepare participants for careers as professional writers, it will also qualify those wishing to pursue further graduate studies.

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Admission Requirements

The MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing requires students to attend graduate-level English courses. The degree can lead to a PhD in English. Therefore, students must have at least seven full-year undergraduate courses in English or the equivalent in half-year courses (i.e., fourteen), or any combination of full- and half-year courses that add up to the equivalent of seven full-year courses .  It is not necessary to have an English major, as long as you have the seven undergraduate English courses. Students who do not meet this requirement cannot be admitted into the program.

A B+ average (GPA of 3.3) is the minimum requirement for entry into the program. Once this is met, the primary basis for the selection of candidates is the quality of the portfolio submission. It is not expected that students will have publication credits. Applicants do not need to provide GRE results.

Applications must be submitted online and are considered complete only when the following documentation has been received by the Department of English:

  • Two academic letters of reference submitted online by academic referees/recommenders, each addressing your performance in university English and/or Creative Writing coursework. At least one letter must discuss your performance in English coursework. Do not use editors, publishers, employers, or fellow writers as referees.
  • A statement of purpose, submitted electronically
  • Digital Transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (in pdf format), uploaded to the application, and UPON REQUEST ONLY official paper transcripts mailed directly to the Department. For more detailed information and instructions regarding submitting transcripts, please visit  "Checklist for a Complete GradAPP Package" in the section entitled Academic Transcripts  on our  APPLICATION INFORMATION page.
  • Do not submit academic essays.
  • To view the application details and requirements, please visit the SGS website here  SGS Admissions & SGS Application Requirements  and the application instructions on the SGS  How to apply  page. Additionally, here is the link to the School of Graduate Studies pages for Future Students .

Program Requirements

The MA program in English in the Field of Creative Writing usually requires 18-24 months to complete. Applicants must have an overall average of B+ or better and evidence of first-class work in English for admission to the program. The program requires the completion of two FCE’s (full course equivalents) in English; ENG6950Y Writing Workshop; and a supervised Writing Project (the equivalent of a thesis) completed under the direction of a mentor.

All candidates must complete the Writing Workshop in the first year of their program. Some sessions may feature on-campus visits from editors, publishers, professional archivists, researchers, and agents so that students can learn the pragmatics of the publishing industry. In their second year, students undertake a book-length Writing Project in a genre of choice – poetry, drama, fiction, or creative non-fiction. Each student is assigned a faculty member or adjunct faculty member with whom to consult on a regular basis about the Project. All advisors are published writers.

Writing Workshop

ENG6950YY: All candidates for the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing must complete this workshop in the first year of their program. Students will also submit creative work in order to receive feedback from the instructor and fellow students, and this will allow them to develop their portfolios.

Writing Project

In the second year of the program, students will undertake a book-length Writing Project in a genre of choice (poetry, drama, fiction, or creative non-fiction). Each student will be assigned a faculty member or adjunct faculty member with whom to consult on a regular basis about the Project. All mentors will be published writers. The completed Project should normally be submitted before the beginning of April of the second year. The Department will then arrange an oral defense, to be chaired by the Director of the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing. The Writing Project can be designated as Pass, Fail, or Distinction.

Student Funding

Students accepted into the MA Program in English in the Field of Creative Writing are eligible for teaching assistantships, including a number in Creative Writing courses. All incoming students are considered for incoming scholarships.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply for external funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. For more information visit the Department of English Finances & Awards  webpage.

Faculty, Mentors, and Alumni

  • MA CRW Program Adjunct Faculty (Mentor) Biographies
  • MA CRW Faculty Biographies
  • MA CRW Alumni Biographies

How many students are admitted each year?

We admit seven students each year.

I do not have 7 full-year (or equivalent) undergraduate courses in English. Can I still apply?

Because the program is an MA in English, students must have a strong background in English literature. Students who do not have sufficient undergraduate training may wish to take additional courses in English in order to qualify for admission.

My average is less than a B+. Can I still apply?

The academic requirements for admission to the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing are very strict. The B+ minimum must be met or a student’s portfolio will not be considered. Students who do not have an adequate GPA may wish to take additional courses in order to improve their academic standing and qualify for admission.

I have taken courses in literature in a language other than English. Can I apply?

Unless the texts were studied in English translation, courses in literature in a language other than English do not qualify students for admission to the program.

How should I choose what to submit?

Choose your best writing.

Can I apply to enrol in January?

There is only one entry point for students in the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing, which is September. Students may not begin the program in January.

Can I enrol in the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing part-time?

Students must enrol full-time.

How much Financial Support can I expect?

Currently we are able to offer students in the Creative Writing program a TAship each year (number of hours TBA at the start of the program), to a maximum of two years. Successful applicants for the SSHRC CGS-M award can expect $17,500. OGS award holders can expect up to $15,000. All incoming students are considered for incoming scholarships.

For more information please contact us by e-mail, phone or by mail.

[email protected]  Director, MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing Department of English 170 St. George Street University of Toronto Toronto, Ontario Canada M5R 2M8

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Gain an unparalleled richness and diversity of creative writing courses through UBC’s Creative Writing undergraduate programs.

Our comprehensive undergraduate curriculum makes the range of our teaching available to all students.  In our programs, you will free your writing potential while developing a solid base of professional craft and skill.

In one of the oldest and most established academic Creative Writing programs in the world, you can learn across a uniquely broad range of taught genres, guided by faculty and instructors who are working, published and award-winning writers themselves.

You can earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with our Major, enhance your undergraduate degree with our Minor in Creative Writing, or take individual courses to support your educational, career and personal goals.

We welcome you to explore what our programs can offer you.

You can find options in our undergraduate programming allowing you to explore and write fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, writing for children and young adults, scripts for TV, film, stage, radio, web and videogames, comics, songwriting, and more, all while building a solid and progressive foundation in craft and technique.

To find your own best path, it’s helpful to understand how our undergraduate course structure differs from other undergraduate programs.

Our Major is a closed studio program for third- and fourth-year students, with a selective portfolio-based admission process. Our 400 level CRWR courses are studio workshop classes restricted to those admitted to the Major program.

All 200 and 300 level CRWR courses are open-enrolment. These courses are the building blocks for the Minor, but are also an integral part of several other UBC programs. They can also be taken as freestanding electives, and can be used to build bespoke undergraduate degree programs.

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I found a true community in the UBC Creative Writing program. The staff, faculty and students all want to encourage a positive experience and took time to listen to feedback. I felt I grew as an artist and as a person in this program.

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Creative Writing Certificate

Are you motivated to put pen to paper? Do you have an idea or have you started a creative writing draft? If so, this focused, engaging and supportive program may be perfect for you. The program covers many aspects of the creative writer's world from writing development, copy editing, genre writing, time management, publishing, and promotion. The evaluative and interactive format will ensure you receive ample instructor feedback and supportive peer review throughout the program. In the final project course, a portion of your creative work will be evaluated by a published author who will mentor and encourage you in your writing journey.

This online, flexible and interactive program will allow you to learn the theory behind your writing and allow time to receive instructor and peer feedback about what you've written. All courses are taught by published authors, many who have received national and international awards.

To get started in the program you are required to provide a short writing sample. You will receive valuable expert feedback specific to character, setting, dialogue, point of view, and writing mechanics. The writing sample is your opportunity to share what you like to write about and how you write it. See details below under How to apply .

This is one of three writing certificate programs offered online through Continuing Education. The other programs are:

  • Professional Writing Certificate specializing in Business and Technical Writing
  • Professional Writing Certificate specializing in Marketing and Public Relations

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This program is perfect if you...

  • Write – or aspire to write – fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry
  • Want to transition from or add to corporate or journalistic writing and explore creative writing
  • Would like to learn from published authors
  • Enjoy online learning in a supportive and interactive environment

What will I get?

Students who complete this program will receive a Professional Certificate .

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Program details

Course delivery online.

Courses in this program are delivered online . Some courses may be occasionally offered in the classroom at the main campus. Courses are scheduled at convenient times, allowing you to complete the program at a pace that fits your life.

You should plan on studying and working approximately 6 hours per week per course .

Online learning fits into busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. Students have online access to instructors, fellow learners, and learning materials.

Before taking your first online course, we recommended taking our free course: Digital Skills for Learning Online

Timeline and planning 200 Hours

All Continuing Education programs are developed with part-time learners in mind. The Creative Writing Certificate is a 200-hour program .

The length of time it takes to complete this program varies by student. If you take one course per term (four courses a year), you will likely complete the program in 12 to 18 months . You will complete the program faster if you take multiple courses per term.

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Cost $4,519

The approximate cost to complete the Creative Writing Certificate is $4,519 .

This includes the $130 admission fee.

How to apply

You do not require a degree or diploma to apply for admission to this program. You can take individual courses to start, and apply later.

The admission fee is $130 .

To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Grade 12 diploma (recommended)
  • Relevant work experience (recommended)
  • If English is not your first language, you must meet the English language proficiency requirements

Programs change from time to time, so we recommend that you apply for admission as early as possible. Once admitted, your requirements to complete the program will not change – even if the program changes. You can be confident that completed and eligible courses will apply to your program.

Writing Assessment and Certificate Admission

When you apply to the Creative Writing Certificate , you are required to submit a creative writing sample. The sample should be a total of 2 – 4 pages, double-spaced. If you wish to submit a poetry sample, an additional sample of prose is requested.

* guidelines for the writing sample here *

Please complete the certificate admission application and upload your creative writing sample using the link below. The non-refundable admission fee is $130.

Credit for prior learning

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 program.

Transferring credit from other Continuing Education programs

If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education program, you may be able to transfer some credits to this program. For details, please review the "Credit towards other programs" information in the programs you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor .

Maximum advanced standing and transferred credit

The combined total of advanced standing and transferred credits cannot exceed 100 hours for this program.

Credit towards other programs

On completion of this program, you may wish to pursue studies in another.

Upon completing Program Title , up to 100 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards the Professional Writing Certificate specializing in Business and Technical Writing and the Professional Writing Certificate specializing in Marketing and Public Relations . The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.

If you wish to pursue another program:

  • Complete the Application for Admission for your next program
  • Contact us to request transfer of the equivalent course credits

The transfer of course credits will not happen without your request.


Each year, scholarships and 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 the following awards:

  • Continuing Education Endowment Award
  • Continuing Education Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Entrance Awards
  • Continuing Education Indigenous Entrance Awards
  • Culbert Family Award for Philanthropy

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How to graduate.

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

See Graduation for details.

International students

This program does not qualify students to apply for an international study permit.

International students who wish to live and work in Canada should consider our International Professional Programs .

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Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering for three or more courses at the same time.

Register online or by calling 403-220-2866 or 1-866-220-4992. Some restrictions may apply (i.e., all courses must take place within the current academic year).

Note: WRI 500 Creative Writing Final Project is not eligible for the discount.

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5 Best Universities to Study Creative Writing in Canada

Learning creative writing is important for individuals who want to develop their artistic expression and storytelling skills. It offers a platform for aspiring writers to develop their skills, explore their creativity, and learn various techniques of storytelling.

Canada is known as one of the best places to study creative writing because it has a strong literary tradition, a diverse cultural setting, famous writers, and excellent educational institutions.

This article aims to introduce the top 5 creative writing schools in Canada, helping students who are interested in writing to find the right place to learn and grow their talents.

Top Schools Offering Creative Writing in Canada

1. university of british columbia.

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  • Degree/s Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s, Ph.D.

The Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia stands out for its esteemed faculty, including notable authors and poets. Some key faculty members who specialize in international writing and cross-cultural storytelling are Madeleine Thien, an award-winning author known for her works exploring diverse cultural perspectives. and Keith Maillard, an acclaimed novelist with expertise in cross-cultural narratives.

Besides its astonishing faculty, the program offers a wide range of resources, such as the UBC Writing Center, where students can receive individualized feedback and support. Additionally, UBC hosts the Vancouver Writers Fest, providing opportunities for cultural exchange and engagement with renowned writers from around the world.

2. Concordia University

Another top-ranked university that you should certainly have on your list of probable institutions for further studies is Concordia University . Concordia’s Creative Writing Program offers a lively and inclusive community for writers. It stands out for its strong focus on nurturing emerging voices and promoting diverse storytelling.

Apart from its outstanding ranking and global recognition, Concordia is well-known for its captivating location. Located in the architectural downtown area of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Concordia University provides easy access to cultural attractions, shopping districts, and public transportation which ensures that students have a well-rounded experience during their studies and their time is not spent just in the classroom during their degree.

3. University of Toronto

If you are confused to choose between UBC and Concordia University, wait till you get to know about another well-reputed university, The University of Toronto . UofT emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches which allow its students to integrate their creative writing with other fields of study as well as foster innovative and cross-culture perspectives.

Additionally, students studying at UofT have access to individualized attention and exclusive mentorship from the globally accomplished faculty members due to its small class sizes ensuring that the students get enough opportunities to hone their skills. Besides its interdisciplinary approach and impressive faculty-to-student ratio, the closely-knit student community at UofT that promotes a culture of inclusion and diversity is something to boast about for the stakeholders.

4. University of Victoria

The next institute on our list is the prestigious University of Victoria (UVic) which has been renowned for its excellence in the field of academics for the last 60 years. Not to mention its splendid location, UVic is located on the stunning southern tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada and its location is the perfect mix of beauty and urban convenience. UVic has had huge contributions to the field of creative writing with its notable faculty being Patrick Lane, an acclaimed poet and recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Poetry; and its notable alumni, Eden Robinson, an award-winning author known for her captivating Indigenous storytelling.

Furthermore, UVic stands out as a more affordable option for pursuing a creative writing degree compared to some other prestigious institutions. The university offers various scholarships and financial aid options to support students in their academic journey, making quality education more accessible and reducing the financial burden associated with higher education.

5. University of Guelph

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  • Degree/s Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Last but certainly not least, The University of Guelph offers a comprehensive Creative Writing program, including a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English with a Creative Writing emphasis, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing.

In addition to its strong creative writing program, the University of Guelph offers a wide range of recreational activities that contribute to a well-rounded student experience. The university claims state-of-the-art sports facilities, including fitness centers, athletic fields, and a recreational complex with swimming pools and ice rinks for its students to release their academic stress.

FAQS About Studying Creative Writing in Canada

Which creative writing schools in canada offer scholarships for international students.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada offers the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award, which provides financial aid to international undergraduate students, including those pursuing creative writing. The scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement, leadership potential, and involvement in extracurricular activities.

Eligibility criteria include being an international student, applying for admission to UBC as a first-year student, and demonstrating exceptional academic achievement, along with financial need. Applicants must have completed their secondary education outside of Canada and be applying for their first undergraduate degree.

Prospective students who will submit their admission application before the set deadline will automatically be considered for the awards offered. The application process includes providing details about extracurricular activities, and leadership roles, and submitting personal essays.

The benefits of the scholarship include a funding amount that varies depending on the financial need of the student. More information about the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award and its application process can be found on the UBC Scholarship Page .

In the realm of Canadian creativity, where maple-scented words dance upon frost-kissed pages, these top five creative writing schools stand as enchanted beacons of inspiration. Through their dedicated programs and creative literature workshops, these schools ensure that the future of Canadian literature shines brightly, like a mosaic of captivating tales across the Great White North.

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Creative Writers are at the heart of our cultural industries. Poets, novelists, screenwriters, playwrights, graphic novelists, magazine writers: they entertain, inform and inspire. For more than 15 years, UBC's Creative Writing program has been educating writers through distance education in a program which complements our long-standing on-campus MFA program.

A studio program with the writing workshop at its heart, the distance MFA focuses on the work created by students as the primary text. Through intensive peer critique and craft discussion, faculty and students work together with the same goal: literary excellence.

The MFA granted to distance students is the same degree as granted to on-campus students, and the same criteria of excellence in multiple genres of study apply.

For specific program requirements, please refer to the departmental program website

What makes the program unique?

UBC's Optional-Residency (Distance) MFA was the first distance education MFA program in Canada and remains the only full MFA which can be taken completely online. It is designed to be uniquely flexible, allowing students across Canada and around the world to study writing at the graduate level while still living in their local communities and fulfilling career and family obligations.

The program is unique globally for its multi-genre approach to writing instruction: students are required to work in multiple genres during the course of the degree. As a fine arts program rather than an English program, students focus on the practice of writing rather than the study of literature. Students may work on a part-time basis, taking up to five years to complete the degree.

My time in the Creative writing grad program at UBC has given me the discipline and focus I need to complete long-form writing pieces and larger poetry projects.

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The optional residency MFA (distance) program only has a July intake.

1) Check Eligibility

Minimum academic requirements.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:

  • Canada or the United States
  • International countries other than the United States

Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.

English Language Test

Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.

Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based

Overall score requirement : 90

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Overall score requirement : 6.5

Other Test Scores

Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:

The GRE is not required.

2) Meet Deadlines

3) prepare application, transcripts.

All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.

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A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.

Statement of Interest

Many programs require a statement of interest , sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.


Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their thesis supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.

Instructions regarding thesis supervisor contact for Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Distance) (MFA)

Citizenship verification.

Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.

4) Apply Online

All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.

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Tuition per credit$679.79$1,322.47
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Financial Support

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

Scholarships & awards (merit-based funding)

All applicants are encouraged to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund their graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA)

Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (GRA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their supervision. The duties constitute part of the student's graduate degree requirements. A Graduate Research Assistantship is considered a form of fellowship for a period of graduate study and is therefore not covered by a collective agreement. Stipends vary widely, and are dependent on the field of study and the type of research grant from which the assistantship is being funded.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Graduate programs may have Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. Full teaching assistantships involve 12 hours work per week in preparation, lecturing, or laboratory instruction although many graduate programs offer partial TA appointments at less than 12 hours per week. Teaching assistantship rates are set by collective bargaining between the University and the Teaching Assistants' Union .

Graduate Academic Assistantships (GAA)

Academic Assistantships are employment opportunities to perform work that is relevant to the university or to an individual faculty member, but not to support the student’s graduate research and thesis. Wages are considered regular earnings and when paid monthly, include vacation pay.

Financial aid (need-based funding)

Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans .

All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.

Foreign government scholarships

Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.

Working while studying

The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.

International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.

A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement .

Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals

Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.

Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.

Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.

Cost Estimator

Applicants have access to the cost estimator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.

Career Options

Graduates of the MFA program have found success in varied fields related to writing and communication. The MFA qualifies graduates for teaching at the university level and many graduates have gone on to teach at colleges and universities in Canada, the United States and overseas as well as holding writing residencies. Many publish books and win literary awards. Others go on to work in publishing, and graduates have become book and magazine editors.

Although the MFA is a terminal degree, some graduates go on to further study in PhD programs in the US, UK and Australia.

The Optional-Residency MFA is particularly well suited to teachers: our teacher-students have been able to gain an advanced degree while continuing their careers.

  • Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Belcourt, Billy-Ray (Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry)
  • Hopkinson, Nalo (Creative writing, n.e.c.; Humanities and the arts; Creative Writing: Speculative Ficton, Fantasy, Science Fiction, especially Other Voices)
  • Irani, Anosh
  • Koncan, Frances
  • Leavitt, Sarah (Autobiographical comics; Formal experimentation in comics; Comics pedagogy)
  • Lee, Nancy (Fiction; Creative Writing)
  • Lyon, Annabel (Novels, stories and news)
  • Maillard, Keith (Fiction, poetry)
  • Marzano-Lesnevich, Alex (Nonfiction)
  • McGowan, Sharon (Planning of film productions from concept to completion)
  • Medved, Maureen (Fiction, writing for screen)
  • Nicholson, Cecily (Languages and literature; Poetry)
  • Ohlin, Alix (Fiction; Screenwriting; Environmental writing)
  • Pohl-Weary, Emily (Fiction; Writing for Youth)
  • Svendsen, Linda (Script development; Novels, stories and news; Writing for Television; Fiction)
  • Taylor, Timothy (fiction and nonfiction)
  • Vigna, John (Novels, stories and news; Fiction, Literary Non-Fiction, Creative Writing)

Related Programs

Same specialization.

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)

Same Academic Unit

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Theatre (MFA)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Film Production and Creative Writing (MFA)

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Creative Writing combines the best of traditional workshop and leading-edge pedagogy. Literary cross-training offers opportunities in a broad range of genres including fiction, poetry, screenplay, podcasting, video game writing and graphic novel.

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5 Canadian emerging writers named Writers' Trust 2024 Rising Stars

This year's cohort is ec dorgan, paola ferrante, daysha loppie, aubrianna snow and karianne trudeau beaunoyer.

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EC Dorgan, Paola Ferrante, Daysha Loppie, Aubrianna Snow and Karianne Trudeau Beaunoyer have been named the 2024 Writers' Trust of Canada's Rising Stars.

Launched in 2019, the Writers' Trust Rising Stars program is an initiative supporting Canadian writers early in their careers. Each year, five talented emerging writers are chosen and mentored by prominent Canadian authors.

The recipients also receive $5,000 and attend a two-week self-directed writing residency at Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts on the Toronto Islands.

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Dorgan is an Edmonton-based writer of dark fiction and monster stories. She has been published in Augur Magazine, The Dread Machine, The Ex-Puritan, Metaphorosis and Novus Monstrum. She is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta and is currently at work on her first novel.

She will be mentored by Hiromi Goto, a Japanese-Canadian writer from British Columbia. Goto's novels include  Chorus of Mushrooms , which won a Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best First Book prize in 1995 and co-won the Canada-Japan Book Award, and  Half World, which won the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award .  Shadow Life , illustrated by Ann Xu, is her first graphic novel and was  nominated for best graphic novel/comic at the 2022 Aurora Awards .  Goto was also shortlisted for the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize .

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"EC Dorgan's dark tales of loss, grief, and alienation are evocatively rendered through characters both human and monstrous," said Goto in a press statement. "Dorgan's stories arise from the land just as much as her fabulous creativity. Whether detailing the ice of the North Saskatchewan River during an Edmonton winter or describing 'where the prairies turn to willow bushes and poplar bluffs,' her attention to and respect for natural settings captured my heart and imagination."

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Ferrante is a poet and fiction writer from Toronto. Her short story collection  Her Body Among Animals   was shortlisted for the 2023  Danuta Gleed Literary Award . Her other books include the poetry collection  What to Wear When Surviving A Lion Attack  and the poetry chapbook  The Dark Unwind.  She was  longlisted for the 2020 Journey Prize  and won Room's 2018 prize for fiction.

Ferrante was selected by Richard Van Camp is a Tłı̨chǫ Dene writer from Fort Smith, N.W.T., who has written over 20 books across multiple genres. His books include graphic novel  A Blanket of Butterflies , which   was nominated for an Eisner Award,  The Lesser Blessed   which was adapted into a film by First Generation Films,  Angel Wing Splash Pattern ,   Night Moves   and   We Sang You Home .  He is based in Edmonton. 

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"I can't wait to delve into Paola Ferrante's science fiction manuscript,  Completables , set in a South Padre luxury hotel where billionaires wait to flee Earth for Mars," said Van Camp in a press statement. "What a great premise — and timely! I'm so proud to be able to help."

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Daysha Loppie is a Toronto-based journalist with bylines in The Local, Toronto Star, West End Phoenix and ByBlacks. She won the Len Coates Memorial Award for academic achievement for two consecutive years at Toronto Metropolitan University, from where she is graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism and a minor in Black Studies. She is currently working on a long-form piece of investigative journalism on finding lost Black burial grounds in Western Ontario. 

She was chosen as a Rising Star by John Lorinc, a journalist and editor from Toronto. He is a senior editor at Spacing and his work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, The Walrus and Maclean's. He won the 2022 Balsillie Prize for his book  Dream States  and the 2019-2020 Atkinson Fellowship in Public Policy.

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"Daysha Loppie has quickly established her voice in the field of urbanist journalism with standout columns and long-form articles on arts and culture, public space, and Black history," said Lorinc in a press statement. "With keen observational skill, Loppie's writing gravitates towards granular and gritty stories that are often overlooked in urban affairs." 

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Snow is a writer and educator of Mi'kmaw and settler ancestry living in Edmonton. Her work has been published in Ghost Girls Zine, Chatelaine and Muskrat Magazine. She is currently working on a piece of literary fiction as well as a collection of poetry. 

She was selected by Cree and Scottish author Monique Gray Smith. Gray Smith's books include picture books  Circle of Love   and When We Are Kind ,  both illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt, the middle-grade book  Speaking Our Truth  and novel,  Tilly and the Crazy Eights , which was on the  2021 Canada Reads longlist . She is based in Victoria, B.C.

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"Aubrianna Snow's gift for sharing stories is like a full moon, helping to heal and shine light on a path forward," said Gray Smith in a press statement. "Her dynamic weaving of words, thoughts, and feelings provides welcoming entry points for readers from various lived experiences, with different ways of knowing the world. Unique and vibrant, Snow's voice is an important addition to the Canadian literary chorus and I am honoured to be working with her." 

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Trudeau Beaunoyer is a Montreal-based writer. Her poetry collection  Je suis l'ennemie  won the Émile-Nelligan prize in 2020 and was shortlisted for the Alain-Grandbois prize in 2021. Her work has been published in Estuaire, Les écrits, and Liberté. She is currently writing a novel, an essay and a poetry collection. 

She will be mentored by Montreal writer Élise Turcotte. Turcotte has won the Grand Prix du livre de Montreal, two Governor General's Literary Awards, the Prix Ringuet from the Académie des lettres du Québec and the Prix du Festival international de Poésie de Trois-Rivières. Her books include Guyana, Sombre Menagerie and The Body's Place among others. 

"Karianne Trudeau Beaunoyer's first collection of poetry raises powerful questions about poverty, social exile, and survival," said Turcotte in a press statement. "She summons the story to dig deeper, wider. Her writing is not only a promise but a revelation through imagery and voice, a rebirth."

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The Writers' Trust Rising Stars program is supported by presenting sponsor BMO Financial Group, Clair Duff in memory of Catherine Shepard, Deb MacLeod and Ward Sellers, as well as John Terry and Lisa Rochon. The program has also been sustained by Margaret Atwood, Balsillie Family Foundation, and Kari Cullen and William Bonnell. 

Public nominations for the 2025 Rising Stars program are accepted until August 26. The details are available on the Writers' Trust website . 

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