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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. 

The Creative Writing Certificate offers a series of writing courses in a variety of genres that enables you to focus your learning on the techniques of creative writing. The program offers you practical guidance in how to generate ideas, take that spark of inspiration to the page, advance your writing skills and explore your creativity while offering advice about publishing and being a writer.

Through the program you will:

  • Examine the elements of creative writing and practice them through in-class writing exercises and the development of a writing portfolio
  • Give and receive effective feedback through workshopping your writing with your peers and with feedback from your instructor
  • Build a portfolio of your writing samples and develop a writing practice

The Creative Writing Certificate program consists of six courses: two required courses, a choice of three electives, and a final capstone project. Course activities include peer workshopping, reading, and story revision. All program instructors are experienced writers with published works.

With a total of six courses to complete, this certificate will provide you with the knowledge and skills to create your own literary works.

Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to: 

  • Trace the historical development of a genre over time and observe how it has adapted according to social, historical, and literary trends
  • Examine and discuss creative writing elements used by published authors across a variety of genres and apply them to your own writing
  • Consider the effectiveness of writing from different and varied points of view
  • Define what it means to read “closely” and read and respond to close readings of various genres of literature
  • Discuss different genres from both a technical and literary perspective
  • Receive and give feedback through the workshopping of creative work
  • Discuss the challenges inherent in writing true stories and the ethics of creative non-fiction
  • Explore creative writing from a Canadian Perspective
  • Identify the importance of revision in producing publishable work
  • Develop a writing practice
  • Identify resources for writing and publishing
  • Read aloud for an audience


This certificate will compliment careers and work in the following areas: 

  • Writer
  • Content writer 
  • Book reviewer
  • Copy editor or digital copywriter
  • Editorial assistant
  • Blog writer
  • Technical writer
  • Teacher
  • Marketing professional
  • Communications professional


This program requires the completion of two required courses, three electives, and one capstone project. Required and elective courses may be taken in any order. The capstone project must be taken after completion of five other courses.


Enrolment is on a course-by-course basis and there is no application required. This program is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age or have completed Grade 12 or equivalent. Course availability changes each semester. It is recommended you submit notification requests for each course in the program to be informed when registration opens. Course registration closes before the start of the semester.

Complete two required courses, three electives, and one capstone project. Request your parchment through the OpenEd Student Portal once all requirements are met.

You can take up to 5 years from the start of your first course to complete and receive the certificate.

The price per course is currently $549. Course prices are subject to change and are not guaranteed. The total cost of the program may vary.

Additional Information 

If you would like additional information about this program, please contact our Main Office

Sponsoring Partner 

School of English and Theatre Studies, College of Arts 

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