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Portfolio & letter of intent

Admissions requirements specific to submitting your portfolio and letter of intent for programs or courses in Creative Writing.  

Applying to the Creative Writing Program:

Students applying for a program in Creative Writing (Major, Minor, Honours in English and Creative Writing) must submit the following:

  • An English-language portfolio of your best writing.  The portfolio must not exceed 15 pages in length and it must include two genres (chosen from fiction, poetry, and drama; non-fiction is not an eligible genre), although the portfolio does not have to be divided equally between the genres.
  • A brief letter of intent addressed to “Coordinator of Creative Writing.”  In the letter, state the program for which you are applying, outline your background as a reader and a writer, and discuss your goals for study in creative writing, as well as one or more literary works that have influenced you.  The letter must include complete contact information (name, e-mail, mailing address, phone number, and your Concordia student number).  If you are applying for a Major, or an Honours, state whether creative writing is your first, second, or third choice program. 
  • The portfolio and letter of intent must be submitted stapled together.
  • Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation with your portfolio.

Applying to a single course in creative writing

Students who are not in a Creative Writing program but who wish to apply for admission to a single Creative Writing course must submit the following:

  • An English-language portfolio of your best writing in the same genre as the course for which you are applying, (i.e. fiction, poetry, or drama); non-fiction is not an eligible genre. The portfolio must not exceed 10 pages.
  • A brief letter of intent addressed to “Coordinator of Creative Writing.”  The letter should state the course for which you are applying, outline your background as a reader and a writer, and discuss your goals for study in creative writing.  It should also discuss one or more literary works that have influenced you.  The letter must also include complete contact information (name, e-mail, mailing address, phone number, and your Concordia student number). 
  • The portfolio and letter of intent must be submitted stapled together.
  • Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation with your portfolio.

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