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If you are an aspiring writer looking to get serious about your craft then the Creative Writing Certificate program is designed for you. Take advantage of an opportunity to explore a variety of genres, improve your writing, and develop the tools to master a significant writing project.

About the Certificate

The Creative Writing Certificate program consists of six classroom-based courses: two core courses, a choice of three electives, and a final capstone project. Classroom activities include peer workshopping, public speaking, reading, and story revision. All program instructors are experienced writers with published works and graduate degrees in creative writing. 

Why study creative writing at the U of G?

Our creative writing courses are designed to include extensive interaction that works best in a face-to-face learning environment. Classroom-based courses offer multiple opportunities for peer interaction and one-on-one instructor guidance. By participating in these courses, you will have a unique opportunity to meet and learn from a variety of talented Canadian writers and establish lifelong writing networks with your peers. 

Learning Outcomes

Successful program completion will provide you with the following:

  • An ability to explain the elements of creative writing
  • Critical thinking and public speaking skills
  • A solid understanding of giving and receiving effective feedback
  • A portfolio of writing, including a short story, short memoir, dramatic monologue, and poetry

Program Requirements

There is no application process required for the Creative Writing Certificate program. It is recommended that participants have completed high school and are 18 years of age or older. Special admission consideration will be given at the discretion of the program manager.

Additional Information

Course materials and textbooks are not included in course fees. Required materials and textbooks can be found on the course registration page.

Please email our main office or phone us at 519-767-5000 for additional certificate information.


  • Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd)
  • College of Arts, School of English and Theatre Studies


Minimum Required

1 Course(s)

To complete the Creative Writing Certificate students must complete a final capstone writing project.