The Certificate in Creative Writing Across Contexts (CWAC) comprises six courses (24 credits) designed to familiarize students with the practice of creative writing in different media, platforms, cultures, and social contexts. Students will learn to write in the core genres of prose, poetry, creative nonfiction, and multimodal forms; become proficient in digital publishing tools; deepen their writing by engaging critically with important cultural, environmental, and community-based issues; collaborate with peers to create literary journals, organize public readings, and gain other hands-on experience; and meet working authors, editors, and publishers. Recent visiting authors have included Souvankham Thammavongsa, Jesse Thistle, Heather O’Neill, Kathryn Mockler, and Terese Mason Pierre.
The CWAC is open to any student at York, or to interested community members, with or without prior writing experience. Students can choose to take individual courses as electives, or else to complete all six courses to fulfill the requirements of the CWAC.
Students in the Certificate in Creative Writing Across Contexts must complete all certificate-related courses, totalling 24 credits. These include:
- GL/EN 2800 3.0 Introduction to Creative Writing*
- GL/EN 3800 3.0 Creative Writing Across Genres and Contexts
- GL/EN 3801 3.0 Creative Writing and the Environment
- GL/EN 3802 3.0 Writing Diversity: Issues in Creative Writing
- GL/EN 3806 6.0 Digital Media and Publishing
- GL/EN 4800 6.0 Creative Writing and Community**
*Students with demonstrated experience in Creative Writing can apply either to skip this course, or to have an equivalent course counted toward the CWAC. Please see the information below on Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).
**GL/EN 4800 6.0 Creative Writing and Community is only open to upper-level students who have completed all or nearly all other CWAC courses.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Requirements
Normally, students will enter the CWAC via GL/EN 2800 3.0 Introduction to Creative Writing, which focuses on the development of fundamental skills in writing across three root genres (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction). Students with previous experience with creative writing, and who wish to have GL/EN 2800 waived as a requirement, may pursue either of the following two options:
How to apply
To apply to the CWAC, please contact Academic Services firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about the CWAC, please contact Eric Schmaltz, Writer-on-the-Grounds email@example.com
Throughout the certificate program, you’ll find a curriculum that offers a balanced and hands-on approach to creative writing.