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Creative Writing Program, Faculty of Arts

CRWR: Creative Writing

For admission requirements for all courses see Creative Writing entry under Arts.


CRWR 200 (3) Introduction to Creative Writing
Techniques of and practice in multiple genres of writing, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenplay, stageplay, graphic forms, lyric forms, children’s literature, and writing for new media. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
CRWR 201 (3) Introduction to Writing Poetry
An exploration of and practice in the writing of poetry, focusing on how a writer employs the technical elements of the craft of poetry. Manuscript submission not required for admission.
CRWR 203 (3) Introduction to Writing for Children and Young Adults
Techniques of and practice in creating, developing and writing for children and young adults. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
CRWR 205 (3) Introduction to Writing Creative Nonfiction
An exploration of and practice in the writing of creative nonfiction, focusing on how a writer employs the technical elements of the craft of creative nonfiction. Manuscript submission not required for admission.
CRWR 206 (3) Introduction to Writing for the Screen
Techniques of and practice in creating, developing, and writing a screenplay. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
CRWR 208 (3) Introduction to Writing for Graphic Forms
Techniques of and practice in creating, developing, and writing the graphic novel, manga, and other forms of illustrated writing. The ability to draw is not required. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
CRWR 209 (3) Introduction to Writing Fiction
An exploration of the writing of fiction, focusing on how a writer employs the technical elements of the craft of fiction. Manuscript submission not required for admission.
CRWR 213 (3) Introduction to Writing for the New Media
An exploration of and practice in writing for new media, including podcasting, blogging, and writing for websites, games, and online environments. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
CRWR 216 (3) Short Screenplay Workshop
Restricted to B.F.A. Film Production students.
CRWR 220 (3/6) d Introduction to Creative Writing with an Indigenous Focus
Covers three genres from fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, radio drama, radio feature, or stageplay.
CRWR 230 (3) Introduction to Writing for Comedic Forms
An examination of and practice in creative writing in comedic forms, including stand-up, sketch, film, new media, and text. Manuscript submission not required for admission.
CRWR 301 (3) Intermediate Writing Poetry
The writing of poetry in various forms using a combination of workshopping and online modules. Manuscript submission not required for admission.
Prerequisite: CRWR 201.
CRWR 302 (3) Writing for Podcast
Exploration of and practice in writing for podcast.
Prerequisite: CRWR 213.
CRWR 303 (3) Intermediate Writing for Children and Young Adults
The writing of work for children and young adults in various forms using a combination of workshopping and online modules. Manuscript submission not required for admission.
Prerequisite: CRWR 203.
CRWR 305 (3) Intermediate Writing of Creative Nonfiction
An exploration of and practice in the writing of creative non-fiction, covering four of the more basic forms of this genre: memoir, profile, commentary, and exposition. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
Prerequisite: CRWR 205.
CRWR 306 (3) Intermediate Writing for the Screen
An exploration of and practice in writing for the screen, focusing on how a writer employs the technical elements of the craft of screenwriting. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
Prerequisite: CRWR 206.
CRWR 307 (3) Intermediate Writing for the Stage and Radio
An exploration of practice in the writing of the one-act stage play and short radio drama, focusing on how a writer employs the technical elements of the craft of these dramatic genres. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
Prerequisite: One of CRWR 200, CRWR 202.
CRWR 308 (3) Intermediate Writing for Graphic Forms
The writing of graphica (comics, manga and graphic novels), using a combination of workshopping and online modules. Manuscript submission not required for admission.
Prerequisite: CRWR 208.
CRWR 309 (3) Intermediate Writing Fiction
An exploration of the writing of fiction, focusing on how a writer employs the technical elements of the craft of fiction. Manuscript submission not required for admission.
Prerequisite: CRWR 209.
CRWR 310 (3) Video Game Writing and Narrative
Narrative design and writing for video games.
Prerequisite: CRWR 200.
CRWR 311 (3) Intermediate Writing for Lyric Forms
Techniques of and practice in writing for lyric forms, including song lyrics, lyrical narratives, and libretti. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
Prerequisite: One of CRWR 200, CRWR 202.
CRWR 351 (3/9) d Intermediate Poetry Workshop
An intermediate level workshop class in writing poetry. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
Prerequisite: CRWR 301.
CRWR 353 (3/9) d Intermediate Children and Young Adult Writing Workshop
An intermediate level workshop class in writing for children and young adults. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
Prerequisite: CRWR 303.
CRWR 355 (3/9) d Intermediate Creative Nonfiction Workshop
An intermediate level workshop class in writing of creative nonfiction. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
Prerequisite: CRWR 305.
CRWR 356 (3/9) d Intermediate Screenplay Workshop
An intermediate level workshop class in writing for the screen. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
Prerequisite: CRWR 306.
CRWR 358 (3/9) d Intermediate Graphic Forms Workshop
An intermediate level workshop class in writing for graphic forms. The ability to draw is not required. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
Prerequisite: CRWR 308.
CRWR 359 (3/9) d Intermediate Fiction Workshop
An intermediate level workshop class in writing of fiction. Manuscript submission is not required for admission.
Prerequisite: CRWR 309.
CRWR 401 (3-12) d Writing Poetry I
A workshop class in the writing of poetry.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 402 (3-12) d Writing for New Media I
An advanced workshop class in writing for new media. Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 403 (3-12) d Writing for Children and Young Adults I
A workshop class in writing for Children and Young Adults.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 404 (3-12) d Writing for Radio I
A workshop class in writing for the radio.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 405 (3-12) d Writing Creative Nonfiction I
A workshop class in writing creative nonfiction, focused on some of the more popular forms of creative nonfiction: autobiography, rhetoric (commentary), literary journalism, and the personal essay.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 406 (3-12) d Writing for the Screen I
A workshop class in writing for the screen.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 407 (3-12) d Writing of Drama for the Stage I
A workshop class in writing of drama for the stage. Studio work is required, and some plays may be given a live stage production in Brave New Play Rites (adjudication process involved).
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 408 (3-12) d Writing for Graphic Forms I
A workshop class in the writing of graphic novel, manga, and other forms of illustrated writing. The ability to draw is not required.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 409 (3-12) d Writing Fiction I
A workshop class in the writing of fiction.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 411 (3-12) d Writing for Lyric Forms I
A workshop class exploring the words that accompany music in varied forms including pop, art, musical theatre, and opera.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 415 (3/6) d Workshop in Literary Translation I
Where a language department is regularly consulted on a project, the language adviser may assign marks equal to 3 credits of the course.
Prerequisite: Proficiency in a language other than English.
CRWR 416 (3-12) d Writing for Television I
A workshop class in writing for television.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 417 (3-12) d Play Development Workshop
An interdisciplinary course, in cooperation with the Theatre program, emphasizing script development through scene work, character development and stagecraft.
Prerequisite: Manuscript submission or equivalent theatre experience.
CRWR 430 (3) Preparation for a Career in Writing
Credit will be granted for only one of CRWR 430 or CRWR 530.
CRWR 440 (3/6) d Interdisciplinary Projects
Group projects and workshops with students majoring in other creative arts.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Equivalency: THTR 469, VISA 469, MUSC 469.
CRWR 451 (3-12) d Writing Poetry II
An advanced workshop class in writing poetry. Assumes a greater level of experience in writing poetry than CRWR 401.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 452 (3-12) d Writing for New Media II
An advanced workshop class in writing for new media. Assumes a greater level of experience in writing for new media than CRWR 402.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 453 (3-12) d Writing for Children and Young Adults II
An advanced workshop class in writing for children and young adults. Assumes a greater level of experience in this form than CRWR 403.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 454 (3-12) d Writing for Radio II
An advanced workshop class in writing for the radio. Assumes a greater level of experience in writing for the radio than CRWR 404.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 455 (3-12) d Writing Creative Nonfiction II
An advanced workshop class focusing on memoir, biography, rhetoric, literary journalism, the personal essay, and some hybrid forms of creative nonfiction. Includes instruction in researching and interviewing techniques. Assumes more writing experience than CRWR 405.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 456 (3-12) d Writing for the Screen II
An advanced workshop class in writing for the screen. Assumes more experience in this form that CRWR 406. Admission is restricted to B.F.A.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 457 (3-12) d Writing of Drama for the Stage II
An advanced workshop class in writing drama for the stage. Studio work is required. Assumes a greater level of experience in writing drama for the stage than CRWR 407.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 458 (3-12) d Writing for Graphic Forms II
An advanced workshop class in writing for graphic forms. The ability to draw is not required. Assumes a greater level of experience in writing graphica than CRWR 408.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 459 (3-12) d Writing Fiction II
An advanced workshop class in writing fiction. Assumes a greater level of experience in writing fiction than CRWR 409.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 460 (3-12) d Workshop in Literary Translation II
Prerequisite: CRWR 415.
CRWR 461 (3-12) d Writing for Lyric Forms II
An advanced workshop class in writing for lyric forms. Assumes a greater level of experience in writing lyrics than CRWR 411.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 466 (3-12) d Writing for Television II
An advanced workshop class in writing for television. Assumes a greater level of experience in writing fiction than CRWR 416.
Prerequisite: Restricted to Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 470 (3-12) c Special Projects in Creative Writing
For students who receive permission to do advanced work on a specific project. Admission is restricted to B.F.A. Majors in Creative Writing.
CRWR 471 (3-12) c Special Projects in Writing Poetry
For students who receive departmental permission to do advanced work in this genre.
CRWR 473 (3-12) c Special Projects in Writing for Children
For students who receive departmental permission to do advanced work in this genre.
CRWR 474 (3-12) c Special Projects in Writing Drama for Radio
For students who receive departmental permission to do advanced work in this genre.
CRWR 475 (3-12) c Special Projects in Writing Non-Fiction
For students who receive departmental permission to do advanced work in this genre.
CRWR 476 (3-12) c Special Projects in Writing for Screen and Television
For students who receive departmental permission to do advanced work in this genre.
CRWR 477 (3-12) c Special Projects in Writing Drama for the Stage
For students who receive departmental permission to do advanced work in this genre.
CRWR 479 (3-12) c Special Projects in Writing Fiction
For students who receive departmental permission to do advanced work in this genre.
CRWR 480 (3-12) c Special Projects in Literary Translation
For students who receive departmental permission to do advanced work in translation.
CRWR 490 (3-12) c Directed Reading
The course will emphasize current trends and techniques rather than critical evaluation. Not offered every year.
CRWR 501 (3-12) d Advanced Writing of Poetry I
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 502 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for New Media I
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 503 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for Children I
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 504 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for Radio I
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 505 (3-12) d Advanced Writing of Creative Non-Fiction I
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 506 (3-12) d Advanced Writing of Drama for Screen I
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 507 (3-12) d Advanced Writing of Drama for the Stage I
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 508 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for Graphic Forms I
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 509 (3-12) d Advanced Writing of Fiction I
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 511 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for Lyric Forms I
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 514 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for Television I
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 515 (3/6) d Advanced Workshop in Literary Translation I
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: Proficiency in a language other than English.
CRWR 517 (3-12) d Advanced Play Development Workshop
An interdisciplinary course, in co-operation with the Acting and the M.F.A. Directing programs in Theatre, emphasizing script development through scenework, character development, and stagecraft. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Manuscript submission or equivalent theatre experience.
CRWR 520 (3-12) d Editing and Managing a Literary Magazine
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor is required.
CRWR 530 (3) Preparation for a Career in Writing
Credit will be granted for only one of CRWR 430 or CRWR 530. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 550 (3-12) d Teaching Creative Writing
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 551 (3-12) d Advanced Writing Poetry II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 552 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for New Media II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 553 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for Children II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: CRWR 503.
CRWR 554 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for Radio II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: CRWR 504.
CRWR 555 (3-12) d Advanced Writing of Non-Fiction II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: CRWR 505.
CRWR 556 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for the Screen II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 557 (3-12) d Advanced Writing of Drama for the Stage II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 558 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for Graphic Forms II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 559 (3-12) d Advanced Writing Fiction II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 560 (3-12) d Advanced Workshop in Literary Translation II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: CRWR 515.
CRWR 561 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for Lyric Forms II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 566 (3-12) d Advanced Writing for Television II
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: CRWR 514.
CRWR 570 (3-12) d Advanced Special Projects in Creative Writing
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 590 (3-12) c Directed Reading
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
CRWR 599 (6) Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

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