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Creative Writing


The creative writing programme has been one of the triumphs of our university. Aided by the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program, it has attracted national and international acclaim. It is one of the busiest and most productive areas of our Department. The Creative Writing faculty are all accomplished writers who, together, offer instruction in the broadest possible range of writing genres, styles and aesthetic concerns.

 Teaching, research, creativity, publication, editorial work, journalism, and contributing to the Calgary and Canadian arts communities are so interwoven for faculty members in this program that it is difficult to isolate the research component. That scholarly research is essential, however, is apparent in the fact that in addition to five volumes of poetry, five volumes of fiction, one play, three translations and countless literary readings -- faculty members also published: 34 critical articles, one critical book, one edited book, 49 conference papers, and 72 book reviews during the period 2000-2006.


Degrees with Concentration in Creative Writing

The English Department at the University of Calgary, in addition to offering creative writing courses as part of the Bachelor's degree, grants the MA and PhD in English with a creative thesis option. Theses in these programs are original manuscripts, normally poetry or fiction.

Degree students are expected to carry a comprehensive program of literature courses as well as writing workshops.

MA and PhD with concentration in Creative Writing

  • Credit Courses in Playwriting are offered through the Department of Drama (220-5421).

  • For non-credit Creative Writing courses in continuing education, including courses particularly for Women, and a Creative Writing for Self-development course  consult Continuing Education (220-2952).

  Creative Writing Research Group Videos

              view videos of events, readings, panels, performances

To see a complete listing of upcoming Events

The Creative Writing Research Group spreads 100 poems across the campus with:
POEM of the Season. See past season's poems or submit your own!

AttentionCanadian Association of Creative Writing Teachers and Programs

In 2010, the University of Calgary Creative Writing Program and the Banff Centre for the Literary Arts invited creative writing instructors across Canada to a founding conference of an association of writers and writing programs. The CCWWP will be holding its second conference on May 10-13, 2012 in Toronto. See the CCWWP webpage for more information.

 We urge our students to become familiar with the Writers Guild of Alberta, a provincial arts service organization that represents both professional and emerging writers in Alberta. 



For more information about Creative Writing courses and requirements, contact the Creative Writing Coordinators:

Prof. Aritha van Herk

Dr. Suzette Mayr