4 Year BA Creative Writing


The specialization in Creative Writing focuses not only on reading and studying works of literary art, but on learning how to create them as well. See the Frequently Asked Questions, above, for more information.

Sample Program
This is only one example of one possible path through the program. Students should normally begin with  2102 and 2002 and then take 3101. After that, they may take CW courses in any order.  Paths will differ, depending on students' interests, the number of courses they take each year, and which courses are offered in any given year. Students should consult an advisor before each registration to ensure they are meeting all degree requirements.  For Degree requirements see the Course Calendar.

Year 1:

  • ENGL-1001(6) or
    ENGL-1000(3) and 3 other credit hours of 1000-level English
  • 3 hours in Academic Writing
  • 6 hours in Science
  • 6 hours in Social Sciences
  • 9 hours in electives (student's choice)
Year 2:
  • ENGL-2002(3) The Creative Process
  • ENGL-2102(3) Introduction to Creative Writing
  • 6 hours in Canadian Literature or Aboriginal Literature
  • 6 hours in additional English Literature courses (not Creative Writing)
  • 6 hours in Social Sciences
  • 6 hours in cognate courses
Year 3:
  • ENGL-3101(6) Creative Writing Comprehensive
  • 3 hours in Creative Writing*
  • 6 hours in additional English Literature courses (not Creative Writing)
  • 6 hours in cognate courses
  • 9 hours in electives (student's choice)
Year 4:
  • ENGL-3112(6) Advanced Creative Writing (recommended) OR 6 hours additional Creative Writing 
  • 3 hours in Creative Writing*
  • 6 hours in additional English literature courses (not Creative Writing)
  • 6 hours in cognate courses
  • 9 hours in electives (student's choice) 
* Choices include: ENGL-3113(3) Writing:Short Fiction OR ENGL-3114(3) Writing Poems OR ENGL-3116(3) Topics in Creative Writing OR 3 sections of ENGL-3102(1). Note: Students may take up to 3 sections of 3102(1) Field Research, if the topic varies, and do not have to take them all in the same year.


Jonathan Ball is the author of the poetry books Ex Machina, Clockfire, and The Politics of Knives (winner of a Manitoba Book Award). He also co-edited (with Ryan Fitzpatrick) Why Poetry Sucks: An Anthology of Humorous Experimental Canadian Poetry. His academic monograph, John Paizs’s Crime Wave (which also won a Manitoba Book Award), was published by the University of Toronto Press in the Canadian Cinema series. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary, with focuses in Canadian Literature and Creative Writing. Jonathan directed and co-wrote the short films Spoony B (which was sold to The Comedy Network) and Opening Band, and is the former managing editor of dANDelion, the former film/video section editor at filling Station, a former section editor of The Manitoban, the founder of Maelstrom, and the former short films programmer for the Gimli Film Festival. He writes the humour column “Haiku Horoscopes” and regular poetry reviews for the Winnipeg Free Press. In 2014, he won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Visit Jonathan online at, where he writes about writing the wrong way.

Paul DePasquale is a member of the UW English department. He works in the area of Indigenous literary and cultural studies, and is currently involved in a number of scholarly projects. He teaches introductory creative writing and writes poetry and short fiction.

Catherine Hunter is a poet and novelist.  Her books include the award-winning poetry collection Latent Heat, the mystery The Dead of Midnight (set in Wolseley), and the forthcoming novel After Light, a story about love, war, trauma, and the power of art.

James Scoles writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and his work has appeared in literary magazines, journals and newspapers across Canada, and in Australia, Ireland, Japan, and the USA. He won the 2013 CBC Poetry Prize, and his short stories are currently featured in Coming Attractions 13 (Oberon Press). His has been both nominated and a Finalist for the Western and National Magazine Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and The Journey Prize.

Margaret Sweatman  is an award-winning novelist, short fiction writer, playwright, poet, and performer. Her novels are Fox, Sam and Angie, When Alice Lay Down with Peter, The Players, and, most recently, Mr. Jones. Margaret is a member of the UW English Department.

Alden Turner, English Department Chair, teaches screenwriting courses in the Theatre and Film Department, and he’s currently working on a screenplay for an historical adventure/romance, entitled “The Brideship.”