KPU Creative Writing




Welcome to KPU's Creative Writing Department!

KPU Creative Writing is a home for those who love community, creativity and imagination. Our program offers award-winning faculty, small class sizes, and a rigorous approach to the discipline of writing. The department is known for a strong sense of community which supports emerging writers to discover their voice, develop their craft and express their vision.

Our in-person courses are offered at Surrey, Langley, and Richmond campuses and introduction courses are also available online. In the first year, learners are given a foundation in the crafts of fiction, poetry and writing for new media. As writers advance through the program they will begin to work on selected projects in these genres as well as scriptwriting. By the third and fourth year, writers begin to work toward publication/production by way of advanced, genre-specific and special topics courses such as Speculative Fiction, Web Series, Young Adult Fiction and Advanced Writer’s Studio.

Learning in the KPU Creative Writing Department is based on the principle of mentorship. We embrace an environment that is collaborative, creative and respectful. Our teaching methods support an innovative, interdisciplinary classroom experience that facilitates critical awareness, cultural sensitivity, social responsibility, civic engagement, and global citizenship. Our learning environment encourages lifelong learning.

In the KPU Creative Writing Department, learner engagement extends beyond the classroom to encompass relationships with community and industry partners and peers. Learners are encouraged to engage in the broader literary community through building relationships with our visiting authors, publishing and festival partners, and producing and attending writing and performance events.

Student Success

  • Shirin Moradi Galvez

    Shirin Moradi Galvez’s passion for writing began once they learned to lift a pencil. Growing up, Shirin wrote stories, lyrics, and screenplays as a past-time to fulfill their interest, a key influence that led them to study creative writing and English at KPU.