Creative Writing - Minor (Arts)

The Department of English and Drama’s Minor in Creative Writing is designed to allow students to focus on either the literary or dramatic arts, or to integrate their work in both these areas of creative expression. In lectures and tutorials in two courses at the 200 level, they will learn about the artistic traditions that frame their own writing; and experiment with producing and sharing written work in a variety of genres, using a range of formal techniques. These introductory courses serve as a foundation for 300-level workshops, in which students develop a more specialised focus, e.g. playwriting, prose fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, editing, or writing for interactive new media. Finally, all students in the Minor can apply for admittance to the department's selective, 400-level capstone Creative Writing Workshop, in which over the course of a year they will be encourage to develop their portfolio of creative work towards publication. When students graduate with a Minor in Creative Writing they will have learned to use language creatively to develop observations, insights, and complex ideas. They will be able to write imaginatively, compellingly, clearly, and effectively, and to produce creative work in a range of literary and dramatic modes, genres, and forms. Courses in the Minor emphasize the way that how writers learn their craft from other writers, and the ways in which new modes of written expression emerge in the context of artistic tradition and historical circumstances. The Minor will also introduce students to the processes involved in editing and publishing creative work in print and other media.

4.0 credits are required.

  1. ENG289H5
  2. ENG291H5
  3. 1.0 credit from ENG489Y5 or ENG373H5 or ENG374H5 or ENG375H5 or ENG377H5 or ENG378H5 or DRE362H5
  4. 1.0 credit from ENG201Y5 or [( ENG101H5 or ENG280H5 or DRE360H5) and ( ENG121H5 or ENG202H5 or ENG203H5 or DRE121H5)]
  5. 1.0 additional credit of ENG or DRE. 


  1. Students are strongly encouraged to take courses whose descriptions indicate that instructors set/ allow assessed creative assignments. These are specially indicated on the departmental website each year.