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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 (CW)


Applying to the Creative Writing program:

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

  • An English-language portfolio of your best writing.
    The portfolio must not exceed 15 pages in length and must include at least two genres (chosen from fiction, poetry, drama, and creative non-fiction), 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, email, mailing address, phone number, and your Concordia University Student I.D. Number, if you have one). If you are applying for a Major or an Honours, state whether creative writing is your first, second, or third choice program. (Please note that the Honours program is open only to Concordia students who have completed 24-30 credits at Concordia with a GPA of 3.30 or higher, including some courses in Creative Writing and/or English literature.) Only one portfolio is required for submission, whether you are applying for the Major, the Honours, or the Minor. Do not upload transcripts or letters of recommendation with your Creative Writing Portfolio and Letter of Intent.

N.B.: Your letter of intent and portfolio must be uploaded together as ONE PDF document. If you have a Concordia University Student I.D. Number, please include it on your letter of intent. Be sure to read your documents carefully before submission as NO subsequent uploads will be considered.


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 upload the following:

  • An English-language portfolio of your best writing in the genre of the course for which you are applying, (i.e. fiction for a fiction class). 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, your reasons for the request, along with any writing experience relevant to the course. The letter must also include complete contact information (name, email, mailing address, phone number, and your Concordia University Student I.D. Number). Do not upload transcripts or letters of recommendation with your Creative Writing Portfolio and Letter of Intent. Please advise the creative writing program at angela.alleyne@concordia.ca when you have uploaded your documents, and include your Concordia University I.D. number. You will receive an email decision from the CW program within 4-6 weeks.
  • Your letter of intent and portfolio must be uploaded together as ONE PDF document. Be sure to read your documents carefully before submission as NO subsequent uploads will be considered.

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