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About the department

For over forty years, the creative writing program in the Department of English has offered students an extraordinarily rich artistic and literary experience. Dedicated faculty, and visiting writers and writers-in-residence as diverse as Austin Clarke, Mordecai Richler, C.D. Wright, Irving Layton, Ben Lerner, Michel Tremblay, Jorie Graham, George Saunders, and Ann-Marie MacDonald have shared their knowledge of writing as art and profession in workshops, master classes, and one-on-one sessions with our students. Those students, in turn, have won or been finalists for major Canadian and international literary prizes. As editors and publishers, they have brought new talent to the fore. Studying creative writing at Concordia is a goal, and an opportunity to learn from accomplished writers, teachers and fellow students whose wealth of experience makes participation in the program a unique and rewarding experience.


Full-time faculty

  • Stephanie Bolster
    Professor, English


    creative writing / poetry / the long & the serial poem / ekphrasis / "ruin porn"
  • Terence Byrnes
    Associate Professor, English


    short story / ghostwriting / photography
  • Mary di Michele
    Professor, English


    poetry / poetics / fiction/ cross genre / collaborative writing
  • Mikhail Iossel
    Associate Professor, English


    creative writing / international literature
  • Josip Novakovich
    Professor, English


    fiction & nonfiction writing / culture, politics & history of the former Yugoslavia
  • Sina Queyras
    Senior Lecturer, English


    poetry writing / fiction & narrative writing / entre-genre / Canadian poetry / women’s literature
  • Kate Sterns
    Associate Professor, English


    creative writing / 19th century drama & literature / anatomical waxworks / botanical gardens / medical history
  • Louis Patrick Leroux
    Professor, English
    Professeur titulaire, Études françaises
    Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Arts and Science



Master classes with visiting writers

20150310-Joseph-Boyden-Master-Class Here, Joseph Boyden gives a master class.

Master Classes are a signature aspect of Concordia’s flagship literary series, Writers Read. Students in our Creative Writing program are offered the unique opportunity to meet with, and ask questions of, renowned writers such as:

  • Colm Toibin
  • George Saunders
  • Miriam Toews
  • Jorie Graham
  • George Elliott Clarke
  • Mary Gaitskill
  • Lydia Davis

Writing in Montreal

Reading at Drawn and Quarterly Bookstore, Mile End, Montreal. Reading at Drawn and Quarterly Bookstore, Mile End, Montreal.

Writing, performance, music, visual arts, and digital media all thrive in Montreal’s multicultural environment. Concordia University’s creative writing program is at the centre of the city’s vibrant literary scene.


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