We offer a minor in Creative Writing for undergraduate students (please see the University of Alberta Calendar for more information) and 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 or *research creation projects, 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. The thesis can include collections of poetry or short stories, and non-fiction and hybrid works or *research creation projects, combining theoretical/critical and creative elements.
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 use the current SSHRC definition of research creation to define the nature of projects of research creation:
Research-creation: an approach to research that combines creative and academic research practices, and supports the development of knowledge and innovation through artistic expression, scholarly investigation, and experimentation. The creation process is situated within the research activity and produces critically informed work in a variety of media (art forms). Research-creation cannot be limited to the interpretation or analysis of a creator's work, conventional works of technological development, or work that focuses on the creation of curricula.