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FAQs | KPU Creative Writing

Are there prerequisites for Creative Writing 1100?
Yes, a B in English.

I didn't get a B in English. Will the instructor still let me in?
Ask the instructor's permission to submit a portfolio of writing. The chances are good if you have been out of school for some years.

Does Kwantlen Polytechnic University offer a BA or BFA program in Creative Writing?
We offer a BA Minor in Creative Writing and a BA Major in Creative Writing.

What do I do if I want to add a minor or another major to my BA in Creative Writing?
Students wanting double-majors or a major with a minor should make an appointment with one of the BA Degree Advisors or email baadvisor@kpu.ca. You need to plan your courses out properly to avoid a delay in graduation.

Do students who are registered majors in your program get preference in registration?
Yes, they do. We encourage majors to declare as soon as they have the necessary credits.

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Photo credit – Nicola Harwood

Do students who are registered minors get preference too?
Yes, if someone is declared in the minor at the 3rd year level, they will have priority access to the upper-level courses registration.

How many of your courses are offered online?
We regularly offer our foundation courses, CRWR 1100 and CRWR 1200 online. Please see our course listings in the calendar.

KPU Creative Writing offers courses on three campuses. Will I need to travel between campuses for my courses?
Most of our courses are concentrated at our main campus in Surrey. We also offer sections in Richmond and Langley, but these same courses are available in Surrey.

KPU Creative Writing has a reputation of a strong sense of student community. How do I get involved?
The KPU Creative Writing Student Guild meets regularly and is one of KPU’s most popular and successful student clubs. Any KPU student is welcome to join. The Guild invites speakers, organizes poetry slam events, attend festivals and events together and support one another’s writing work. Contact them at creativewritingguild@gmail.com, OR on Facebook, type in to the FB search “The Kwantlen Creative Writing Guild”

creative Writing students

Photo credit – Nicola Harwood

What is the average age of your students?
We welcome students of all ages. The majority of our students are 19 to 25. We are also starting to see students who already have degrees take KPU Creative Writing courses in order to get portfolios of work so they can apply to graduate school.

What do I do if I’ve already taken creative writing classes at another institution and yet I don’t meet the criteria to register for KPU Creative Writing upper level courses?
Get in touch with the Chair, Nicola Harwood, nicola.harwood@kpu.ca and she will see if KPU Creative Writing can offer you transfer credit or a waiver for registration.

What do I do if I already have a Master's Degree and KPU Admissions tells me I don't meet the requirement in English?
Get in touch with the Chair, as per above.