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Creative Writing: Bachelor of Arts Major


The KPU Creative Writing Department offers students a community of creativity in which writers discover a purposeful craft and explore the gifts of the imagination. We offer award-winning faculty, small class sizes, and a rigorous approach to the craft of writing.

Teaching in the Creative Writing Department is based on foundational principles of mentorship, humility, discovery, purposefulness, and learner autonomy. Faculty demonstrate an authentic spirit of inquiry intended as a model for learners. In turn, learners engage with a teaching environment that is collaborative, innovative, creative, and respectful. We embrace emerging and experimental teaching methods and research-driven pedagogy in support of a dynamic educational community that is innovative, interdisciplinary, and socially and culturally responsible. In the Creative Writing Department, learner engagement extends beyond the classroom to encompass community and industry partners and peers.

Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a major in Creative Writing must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
    • 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area

Curricular Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts Framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.

Creative Writing Major

Students must complete the following courses.

All of:
  CRWR 1100 Introduction to Creative Writing I 3 credits
  CRWR 1200 Introduction to Craft and Process 3 credits
  CRWR 3303 The Business of Writing 3 credits
  ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing 3 credits
  3 credits in ENGL from a course at the 1200-level 3 credits
Plus at least three of:
  CRWR 1110 Introduction to Creative Writing II 3 credits
  CRWR 1240 New Forms and Media: Networked Narratives 3 credits
  CRWR 2140 Writing and Creativity on the Web 3 credits
  CRWR 2300 Fiction and Poetry 3 credits
  CRWR 2310 Drama, Fiction and Poetry II 3 credits
  CRWR 2900 Special Topics in Creative Writing 3 credits
Plus one of:
  CRWR 4150 Writers' Studio 3 credits
  CRWR 4250 Writers' Studio II 3 credits
  27 further credits from courses in CRWR at the 3000 level or higher, including at least 6 credits from courses at the 4000 level 27 credits

Note: This major will require higher grades than a C; please check the pre-requisites for each course.

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the major program students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts. Transcripts will indicate a Major in Creative Writing.

At a Glance

Faculty of Arts

Creative Writing

Program Type:

  • Undergraduate

Credential Granted:

  • Baccalaureate Degree

Offered At:

  • KPU Langley  Langley
  • KPU Richmond  Richmond
  • KPU Surrey  Surrey

Start Date(s):

  • Fall Intake (September)  September
  • Spring Intake (January)  January
  • Summer Intake (May)  May

Intake Type:

  • Open Intake  Open intake


  • Full-time  Full-time
  • Part-time  Part-time

Minimum Credits Required:

  • 120

Instructional Cycle:

  • Semester-based

Curriculum Effective Date:

  • 01-Sep-2016

How to Declare:

Applying to KPU:

Last Updated: 14-Jun-2016

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