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Creative Writing


Get Creative! More and more writers are taking advantage of creative writing courses that allow them to actively discover and improve their writing skills. These courses are perfect for all writers - from beginner to advanced. Work with published professional writers and develop professional-level skills in various aspects of literature ranging from screenwriting to blogging to poetry and fiction writing.



Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Sep, Jan, Apr 6 weeks Statement of Completion Downtown Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

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If you're ready and know the program you want, register now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit the CS Registration Desk at our Downtown campus, 2nd floor, 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver [business hours]

Program Description

Program Description


Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

These courses do not have additional admission requirements and are open to individuals who wish to take one or more courses.

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs


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Program Coordinator: Joy Dalla-Tina, VCC Creative Writing, 604.871.7000, ext. 8671
Program Assistant: Dorothy Giroux, VCC Creative Writing, 604.871.7000, ext. 8383

Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 (201993)

(CWRI 1123) Writing Sparks to Completion 0 credits    $255.76



What are the poetic underpinnings of the moment? What kinds of habits can you cultivate in order to be ready to write down your creative sparks? From generative prompts to places for publication and through all the stages in between, this course will provide you with modes and models for your own creative writing. With a primary focus on poetry, this course will also benefit the essayist or prose writer trying to recharge their connection to language. Through in-class exercises, lectures, discussions and workshops, the goal of the course is to produce new poetry, non-fiction or short fiction. Whether you're experienced or new to creative writing, this course will give you fuel for the long haul task of writing for the rest of your life.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30200 DTN Rm. 518
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
23-Sep-2019
to 04-Nov-2019
Spenst, Kevin
Register


(CWRI 1162) The Personal Narrative 0 credits    $255.76



Discover and refine your voice as a writer who can turn life experience into compelling and creative non-fiction. This workshop-based course guides you through the process of planning, writing, revising, and submitting personal pieces, with feedback from fellow students and the instructor.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30199 DTN Rm. 522
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
18-Sep-2019
to 23-Oct-2019
Fowler-Olding, Susan
Register


(CWRI 1169) Screenplay Writing 0 credits    $255.76



Explore concept development, structure, character, and dialogue in this intensive screenwriting course in a hands-on workshop environment. Get started with your fantastic idea for a film or TV series, and learn where to start and how to keep it all on track.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30196 DTN Rm. 821
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
17-Sep-2019
Bradford, Jessica
Register
  30196 DTN Rm. 821
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
01-Oct-2019
to 29-Oct-2019
Bradford, Jessica
Register
  30196 DTN Rm. 820
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
08-Oct-2019
to 22-Oct-2019
Bradford, Jessica
Register


(CWRI 1174) Introduction to Creative Writing 0 credits    $255.76



This course will introduce students to writing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, to hone students’ creative abilities and provide them with a variety of creative and critical tools that lead to more powerful writing. We will be reading, discussing, and experimenting with writing short creative texts and excerpts from longer works with the goal of practising, improvising, and developing an understanding of the creative means and modes available to creative writers and their potential effects. Together, we will read and write voraciously and widely, experiment and take risks, and cultivate a sense of how critical reading and creative writing are related aspects of a creative writer’s practice.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30198 BWY-B Rm. 2205
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
19-Sep-2019
to 24-Oct-2019
Denike, Jaime
Register


(CWRI 1179) The Nuts and Bolts of Fiction 0 credits    $255.76



Writing fiction means developing craft, and this means understanding and executing the fundamentals of a story such as character, dialogue, plot, setting, voice, and theme. In this course, we will examine each of these aspects of fiction and how an understanding of these fundamentals can lead to stronger writing. This course is for both beginning writers who want to learn how to write fiction and writers who have studied fiction before but want to re-visit these elements. the coursework combines lectures, discussion, writing prompts, and a final story workshop.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30534 DTN Rm. 113B
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
05-Nov-2019
to 10-Dec-2019
Alcock, Kimberley
Register


Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar20 (202091)

(CWRI 1123) Writing Sparks to Completion 0 credits    $255.76



What are the poetic underpinnings of the moment? What kinds of habits can you cultivate in order to be ready to write down your creative sparks? From generative prompts to places for publication and through all the stages in between, this course will provide you with modes and models for your own creative writing. With a primary focus on poetry, this course will also benefit the essayist or prose writer trying to recharge their connection to language. Through in-class exercises, lectures, discussions and workshops, the goal of the course is to produce new poetry, non-fiction or short fiction. Whether you're experienced or new to creative writing, this course will give you fuel for the long haul task of writing for the rest of your life.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10834 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
MM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
20-Jan-2020
to 02-Mar-2020
Spenst, Kevin
Register


(CWRI 1143) Finding Your Writer's Voice 0 credits    $255.76



Discover the many astonishing factors, including emotional, cultural, and educational, that inhibit or enhance your writing. Learn to make your writing flow the way it should. (18 hours)

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10670 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
21-Jan-2020
to 25-Feb-2020
Saklikar, Renee
Register


(CWRI 1162) The Personal Narrative 0 credits    $255.76



Discover and refine your voice as a writer who can turn life experience into compelling and creative non-fiction. This workshop-based course guides you through the process of planning, writing, revising, and submitting personal pieces, with feedback from fellow students and the instructor.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10833 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
WM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
22-Jan-2020
to 26-Feb-2020
Fowler-Olding, Susan
Register


(CWRI 1169) Screenplay Writing 0 credits    $255.76



Explore concept development, structure, character, and dialogue in this intensive screenwriting course in a hands-on workshop environment. Get started with your fantastic idea for a film or TV series, and learn where to start and how to keep it all on track.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10671 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
18-Feb-2020
to 24-Mar-2020
Gagnon, Tihemme
Register


(CWRI 1174) Introduction to Creative Writing 0 credits    $255.76



This course will introduce students to writing poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, to hone students’ creative abilities and provide them with a variety of creative and critical tools that lead to more powerful writing. We will be reading, discussing, and experimenting with writing short creative texts and excerpts from longer works with the goal of practising, improvising, and developing an understanding of the creative means and modes available to creative writers and their potential effects. Together, we will read and write voraciously and widely, experiment and take risks, and cultivate a sense of how critical reading and creative writing are related aspects of a creative writer’s practice.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10672 BWY-B Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
RM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1830 - 2130
23-Jan-2020
to 27-Feb-2020
Denike, Jaime
Register


(CWRI 1175) Advanced Screenplay Writing 0 credits    $255.76



Execute screenwriting elements including structure, character development, world of the story, theme, agenda, actions, plot, and dialogue, and learn what to do with it once it’s ready. This course is an intensive six-week workshop for writers with first draft feature or original television pilot scripts or completed treatments. Prerequisites: CWRI 1168 Screenplay Writing, and a complete script and/or script treatment for either a feature screenplay or original TV series pilot script.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10824 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
TM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

1800 - 2100
21-Jan-2020
to 25-Feb-2020
Bradford, Jessica
Register


Advanced Screenplay Writing (CWRI 1175)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $255.76
Creativity Bootcamp (CWRI 1176)
course schedule schedule
0 credits N/A
Finding Your Writer's Voice (CWRI 1143)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $255.76
Introduction to Creative Writing (CWRI 1174)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $255.76
Mystery and Crime Writing (CWRI 1177)
course schedule schedule
0 credits N/A
Screenplay Writing (CWRI 1169)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $255.76
The Nuts and Bolts of Fiction (CWRI 1179)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $255.76
The Personal Narrative (CWRI 1162)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $255.76
Writing Sparks to Completion (CWRI 1123)
course schedule schedule
0 credits $255.76


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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