English and Film Studies

Creative Writing and the WRITE Program


Join our unique creative writing and creative research community at the University of Alberta!

Part of the English and Film Studies Department, the WRITE Program offers an exciting and diverse range of workshop courses, including fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, along with creative research and experimental forms of writing. We also offer a course in video game narrative.

Working closely with active and committed writers, our students engage in the art of creative writing and publishing, investigating the power of language to reveal and reimagine the world and ourselves in new and dynamic ways.

Our Writer in Residence is available from September to June for one on one consultation.

Undergraduate students can take a minor in Creative Writing.

Graduate students have the unique and exciting opportunity to take either our course-based Masters of Arts or our Master of Arts thesis option.

In the course-based Master of Arts, students can submit an original creative project for the completion of their degree. Past projects have included collections of poetry or short stories, and non-fiction and hybrid works combining theoretical/critical and creative elements.

In our Master of Arts creative thesis, students can propose and submit a substantial piece of creative writing, such as a novel or a collection of stories or poems in place of an MA thesis.

Community focused WRITE classes are also available in which the creative coursework is combined with community outreach and interaction. In these classes, our students can work towards a Community Service Learning certificate, engaging in collective and grassroots creative writing and research projects, expanding thought, asking questions, and attending to the voices of others.

We are located in the city of Edmonton, host to renowned literary and poetry festivals, on the edge of the beautiful North Saskatchewan River, on Treaty Six land and traditional Métis territory, 53.5444° N, 113.4909° W.