Immerse yourself in the writing life – and develop a cultural vocabulary – by looking at the human condition through many literary modes, while studying works which include aspects of psychology, history, and philosophy. The Honours in English and Creative Writing program allows you to both work on your craft as a creative writer, and develop a broad context in which to see your own writing through the academic study of English Literature.
The combined English and Creative Writing degree offers you a rare balance between creative and scholarly environments. Studying literature will sharpen your abilities as a critical reader, thinker and writer, and invite you to imagine alternative worlds and perspectives. As a writer, you can start to create those realms yourself.
Our writing program is one of the best and most established in the country. Students have the opportunity to supplement their regular courses with master classes conducted by internationally renowned writers and by participating in one of the department’s literary journals.
United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.
Some applicants may be required to write an English language proficiency test, whereby a minimum TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) score of 100 with a minimum of 22 in the writing component must be obtained.
Letter of intent
The letter should outline the applicant’s goals for study in creative writing, and a response to one or more literary works that have shaped him/her.
Portfolio of personal work
Applicants must submit a portfolio of a maximum of 15 pages of their best writing in poetry, drama and/or fiction (short stories or novel excerpts). The portfolio must be accompanied by a brief letter of intent (1–2 pages) addressed to the Coordinator of Creative Writing and written with attention to spelling and grammar.
Some applicants may be required to write an English language proficiency test with the following minimum scores: TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) – a minimum score of 100 with 22 in the writing component or IELTS – 7.0 overall with a 6.5 in the writing component.
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
We consider complete applications year round and we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the Fall Term only.
March 1 (applicants from Canada)* February 1 (applicants from outside Canada)
November 1 (applicants from Canada)** September 1 (applicants from outside Canada)
We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.
After your degree
Honours graduates leave with the knowledge and skills required for graduate studies in literature and in creative writing. All our graduates receive training that prepares them for careers that include not only literary creation but teaching, law, journalism or any field where communication skills are necessary for success.
Immerse yourself in the words of past poets or contemporary thinkers. With every turn of the page you have the opportunity to imagine and reflect on lives and worlds different from your own experience, and challenge your assumptions about the meaning of morality and the world from new and unanticipated perspectives.