The Department of Creative Writing and Journalism at Vancouver Island University offers comprehensive degree programs (Bachelor of Arts, Major and Minor) in Creative Writing. Students enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to work with published and produced professional writers in order to develop professional-level skills in various literary genres ranging from poetry to short fiction to plays and screenplays to news articles and feature stories. They may also elect to acquire an understanding of the publishing and entertainment industries as they relate to the careers of professional writers.

Graduates of the program will have the skills and experience necessary to apply for admission to post-graduate programs in Creative Writing such as the M.F.A. program at the University of British Columbia. Students who elect to take the appropriate courses as a part of their degree requirements may also qualify for admission to post-graduate programs in Publishing (for example, the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University or the Post-Degree Certificate Program at Centennial College) or Journalism (U.B.C., Western, Carleton). Students interested in pursuing the Master of Publishing or Post-Degree Certificate in Publishing option may also choose to acquire work experience through internships. Graduates of M.F.A., M.Pub., and M.Jour. programs such as those mentioned above may apply for entry-level positions in the magazine-, book-, and newspaper-publishing industries.

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CREW 211 – Writing Free Verse Lyric   

In a world of memes, instapoems and empowerment advertising, how can we write meaningful words that keep it real? Poets do the work to keep language connected to our experiences and truths. CREW 211 will teach any writer to craft sentences and images that honour emotional honesty, precision and moral complexity. We will read the work of “The Next Wave” of Canadian poets and discuss the many ways they challenge our habits of thinking and feeling. Community learners are welcome through VIU’s Love of Learning program.  For further information contact Sonnet.L’Abbe@viu.ca.

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