What will I learn?

The Department of Writing's Major Program allows you to develop your writing skills in the imaginative genres of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and playwriting.

After WRIT 100 in first year, core writing department courses follow the workshop method. These workshops are limited in size to 15 students or fewer, and serve as a critical forum wherein your writing is subjected to editorial and intellectual review.

Workshops are complemented by certain lectures and seminars which introduce you to professional literary models in poetry, short and long narrative fiction, drama for stage and film, and creative nonfiction.

While the writing program strives to develop a balance between writing skills and a sense of literary history, if you are interested in a stronger literary background, consider a double-major program.

Writing Courses:

The following information is provided as general information for prospective Writing students and is subject to change. Current students should refer to the UVic Calendar for program requirements.

A writing major has 15.0 units of writing courses at the 300 and 400 levels but, as there are prerequisites to all senior writing courses, you will most likely have to take at least 9 units of first and second-year writing. Exceptions to this would be for those who enter the program with advanced standing.

Creative Nonfiction:

1st Year:

WRIT 100 - Introduction to Writing : 3.0 units

One of AHVS 120, AHVS 121, ART 150, ART 151, FA 101, FA 245, MUS 116, MUS 207, THEA 102, THEA 111: 1.5 units

1st Year Total: 4.5 units

2nd Year:

WRIT 204A - Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Workshop: 1.5 units

WRIT 204B - Creative Nonfiction Workshop: 1.5 units

any other 200-level WRIT workshop (both the A and B sections)(excluding 215, 216, 217): 3.0 units

2nd Year Total: 6.0 units

3rd/4th Year:

WRIT 316 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop [x2]: 3.0 units

WRIT 416 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop: 1.5 units

300/400-level WRIT electives: 10.5 units

3rd/4th Year Total: 15.0 units

Creative Nonfiction Major Total: 25.5

Note: You may take a maximum of 1.5 units of workshops in a single genre per four-month term, and a maximum of 3.0 units of workshops in any given four-month term.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Fine Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$25,860.00 (US$ 20,898) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Faculty of Fine Arts

University of Victoria,

3800 Finnerty Road, Building Fine Arts, Room 116,

VICTORIA,

British Columbia (BC),

V8P 5C2, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

International students must complete 12 years or more of academic preparation and graduate from a recognized senior secondary school program. University entrance examinations required in the home country may also be requested. English language requirement: CAEL: Canadian Academic English Language Assessment score- 70, with no section less than 60; IELTS (Academic): 6.5, with no component less than 6.0; LPI: Language Proficiency Index score – Level 6; MELAB: Michigan English Language Assessment Battery score – 90; TOEFL: 90 on the iBT (Internet-based test) with no section less than 20, or 575 on the PBT (paper-based test).

For international students

International students must complete 12 years or more of academic preparation and graduate from a recognized senior secondary school program. University entrance examinations required in the home country may also be requested.

English Language Requirements:

  • CAEL: Canadian Academic English Language Assessment score- 70, with no section less than 60
  • IELTS (Academic): International English Language Testing System score - 6.5, with no component less than 6.0
  • LPI: Language Proficiency Index score – Level 6
  • MELAB: Michigan English Language Assessment Battery score – 90
  • TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language score - 90 on the iBT (Internet-based test) with no section less than 20, or 575 on the PBT (paper-based test)

Application deadline: September entry: January 31

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

University of Victoria offers below pathways courses for this subject

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Fleming College
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