Department of Writing

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Undergraduate studies

Small workshops, renowned faculty and an environment that encourages collaboration support our students to develop and hone their skills. Undergraduate K.P Dennis was named 2016 Youth Poet Laureate of Victoria.

Undergraduate studies
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Graduate studies

Levi Binnema says the small graduate class sizes and strong mentorship is what drew him to study creative writing at UVic. He says the environment here is exciting and collaborative.

Graduate studies
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Study what you're passionate about

Our program allows students to develop their writing skills in the imaginative genres of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and playwriting, so you can focus on what inspires you.

Our programs
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Careers in writing

Learn how to communicate clearly and embody complex themes and ideas through human stories and vivid language—skills that can be applied to a wide variety of careers. Photo: Chad Hipolito/Globe and Mail.

Career possibilities
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Minor in professional writing and journalism

Develop the skills required to succeed as a professional writer in journalism, publishing, government or industry in the minor in Professional Writing & Journalism. Cormac O'Brien is co-editor of UVic's student newspaper, the Martlet.

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Community and events

The Undergrad Writing Union hosts readings and events throughout the year. They also publish This Side of West, an annual literary journal that is edited and run entirely by students and publishes only student work.

News & events

Distinguished Alumni

Writing MFA & Governor General’s Award-winner Kim Senklip Harvey is now one of UVic’s acclaimed Distinguished Alumni. “I hope my continued work supports the next generation in the ongoing practice of making a more equitable and peaceful future,” she says.

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Experience makes the difference

In UVic's Department of Writing, small classes and intimate workshops with nationally and internationally renowned faculty encourage the best in emerging writers.

I studied with so many great teachers at UVic. The caliber of guidance was amazing.
Esi Edugyan, Giller Prize-winning author of Half-Blood Blues

We mentor students in the major genres of creative writing, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and playwriting, and offer a Professional Writing Minor in Journalism and Publishing.

You can also study new fields, such as children's writing, travel writing, interactive media, the graphic novel and other special topics.


Find your edge in UVic's Department of Writing

Territory acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Songhees and Esquimalt) Peoples on whose territory the university stands, and the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.