Undergraduate Program

The Creative Writing Program at UBC is unique within North America, offering workshops in the following genres: fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, writing for children, translation, stage play, radio, television, song lyric and libretto, screenwriting, new media and writing for graphic forms. The approximately 50 undergraduate Majors and 15 faculty in the program make up a lively literary community. Students can become involved with a variety of reading series, publications, and performances, including our annual theatre festival, Brave New Play Rites. Students also can participate in literary events both on-campus and in the diverse literary milieu of Vancouver.

BFA Program

The Creative Writing Program offers undergraduate courses that lead to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. This two-year studio program is taken in years three and four of an undergraduate degree. In this Program, apprentice writers are offered instruction by faculty who work in a variety of literary and dramatic forms.

Students who have completed all the degree requirements for a Double Major in Creative Writing and another subject falling within the BA (Bachelor of Arts) program may choose to graduate with either a BFA or a BA.

Minor Program

The BA Minor in Creative Writing is intended to allow students who are interested in pursuing Creative Writing as a part of their degree to do so as an augmentation to their declared major. Students must complete 12 credits of 200 level courses, and 18 credits of 300 level courses over the course of their degree. 400 level courses may be substituted for 300 level credits, but are only open to non-BFA Majors in exceptional circumstances.


Currently under revision. No new applications accepted.

Diploma Program in Applied Creative Nonfiction

The Diploma Program in Applied Creative Non-Fiction is currently unavailable, and applications will not be accepted until further notice.