Minor in Creative Writing

Are you looking to branch out from your chosen field and learn how to write creatively? Whether you love poetry, fiction, memoir, personal essays, literary journalism, screenplays, graphic novels, comics or some wild new combination of genres, our Creative Writing Minor offers you the freedom to discover your unique literary voice. You will work closely with actively publishing and award-winning faculty, and participate in the strong student writing community here at UTSC English.

Beyond the classroom, you can attend regular reading events, work with our Writer-in-Residence, attend weekly meetings of C.O.W. (the UTSC creative writing club), enter contests, and get published in the UTSC arts journal Scarborough Fair. 

There is no better place to immerse yourself in the literary arts than Toronto, the heart of Canada's publishing industry. Join UTSC's growing community of creative writers, and learn how to make your own literary mark on the world.

 

Here is a route map for navigating the Creative Writing program (you can expand the map by right-clicking or option-clicking and choosing "View Image"):

 

Requirements for the Minor in Creative Writing 

 

Admission to this program is by portfolio:

Students will be able to apply to the program after they have completed a minimum of 4.0 credits, including ENGA03H3.

Applicants must submit a portfolio of 15-20 pages representing their best writing in poetry, fiction (either short stories or selections from a longer work), and/or creative non-fiction; portfolios may include work completed prior to admission to UTSC. The portfolio must be accompanied by a brief letter of application (1–2 pages) addressed to the Program Advisor in Creative Writing. The letter should discuss the applicant’s experience as a writer, their future goals in the creative writing program, and a work of literature that has inspired them.

Portfolios should be submitted to creative-writing@utsc.utoronto.ca by the application deadlines for limited enrolment programs -- normally March/April for students applying at the end of the Winter session and June/July for students applying at the end of the Summer session. Students should visit the Office of the Registrar website for exact dates.

Students who are not successful in their first attempt at applying for the program, will be eligible to apply again. By the deadlines outlined above, these students must submit a new portfolio of 15-20 pages representing their best writing in poetry, fiction (either short stories or selections from a longer work), and/or creative non-fiction. The portfolio must be accompanied by a brief letter of application (1–2 pages) addressed to the Program Advisor in Creative Writing. The letter should discuss the applicant’s experience as a writer, their future goals in the creative writing program, and a work of literature that has inspired them.

 

A Note on Course Enrollment Procedures:

If you are a non-first year student and would like to apply for B-level Creative Writing courses, please submit a course-specific portfolio (including your student number). Here are the details and contacts:

- ENGB60 Creative Writing: Poetry I: Email 5-10 pages of poetry to daniel.tysdal@utoronto.ca. Please note if you are applying for the F or S term.

- ENGB61 Creative Writing: Fiction I: Email 5-10 pages of fiction or other prose writing to sindu.sathiyaseelan@utoronto.ca (for F term) or andrew.westoll@utoronto.ca (for S term)

- ENGB63 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction I: Email 5-10 pages of non-fiction, fiction, or other prose writing to andrew.westoll@utoronto.ca.

If you are a first-year student or new to Creative Writing we offer ENGA03 Introduction to Creative Writing and you will be guided on POSt (program of study) selection in this course.

If you have any questions, please email: creative-writing@utsc.utoronto.ca. We are happy to help and look forward to receiving and reading your work!

 

Students in the Minor must complete 4.0 credits as follows: 

1. 1.0 credits:

ENGA03H3 Introduction to Creative Writing

[ENGB60H3 Creative Writing: Poetry I or ENGB61H3 Creative Writing: Fiction I]

2. 3.0 credits to be selected from:  

ENGB60H3 Creative Writing: Poetry I (if not already counted as a required course) 

ENGB61H3 Creative Writing: Fiction I (if not already counted as a required course) 

ENGB63H3 Creative Non-Fiction I 

ENGC04H3 Creative Writing: Screenwriting 

ENGC05H3 Creative Writing: Poetry and New Media 

ENGC06H3 Creative Writing: Writing for Comics 

ENGC08H3 Special Topics in Creative Writing I 

ENGC24H3 Creative Writing: The Art of the Personal Essay

ENGC86H3 Creative Writing: Poetry II 

ENGC87H3 Creative Writing: Fiction II 

ENGC88H3 Creative Non-Fiction II 

ENGC89H3 Creative Writing and Performance

ENGD22H3 Special Topics in Creative Writing II 

ENGD26Y3 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Poetry 

ENGD27Y3 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Prose 

ENGD28Y3 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Special Topics 

ENGD95H3 Creative Writing as a Profession

 

Note: A maximum of 1.0 credit in creative writing courses may be taken at another campus.

 

For more details on program requirements, visit the UTSC Calendar. Questions about the program should be directed to Professor Daniel Tysdal (creative-writing@utsc.utoronto.ca). 

Interested in learning more about how our courses are structured and how you might develop your own path through your Minor in Creative Writing? Visit our Routes and Threads page.

 

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For students who began their English program before 2018, the following requirements still apply. Please see our main Curriculum Changes page for further details about the 2018 curriculum updates.

 

Pre-2018 Creative Writing Minor Requirements

Students must complete 4.0 credits as follows:

1. 1.5 credits: 

ENGB03H3 Critical Thinking About Narrative (retired; if you haven't completed this course you must now take ENGA01H3)

ENGB04H3 Critical Thinking About Poetry (now called "How to Read a Poem")

[ENGB60H3 Creative Writing: Poetry I or ENGB61H3 Creative Writing: Fiction I]

2. 3.0 credits to be selected from:  

ENGB60H3 Creative Writing: Poetry I (if not already counted as a required course) 

ENGB61H3 Creative Writing: Fiction I (if not already counted as a required course) 

ENGB63H3 Creative Non-Fiction I 

ENGC04H3 Creative Writing: Screenwriting 

ENGC05H3 Creative Writing: Poetry and New Media 

ENGC06H3 Creative Writing: Writing for Comics 

ENGC08H3 Special Topics in Creative Writing I 

ENGC24H3 Creative Writing: The Art of the Personal Essay

ENGC86H3 Creative Writing: Poetry II 

ENGC87H3 Creative Writing: Fiction II 

ENGC88H3 Creative Non-Fiction II 

ENGC89H3 Creative Writing and Performance

ENGD22H3 Special Topics in Creative Writing II 

ENGD26Y3 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Poetry 

ENGD27Y3 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Prose 

ENGD28Y3 Independent Studies in Creative Writing: Special Topics 

ENGD95H3 Creative Writing as a Profession

 

Note: A maximum of 1.0 credit in creative writing courses may be taken at another campus.