The primary objective of the Program in Creative Writing is to give students who have the talent and the ambition for a writing career the opportunity to develop that talent significantly and to make it the focus of a program of university study. Two major assumptions inform this program: first, that the capabilities of talent can be increased through training; and second, that the necessary curriculum for aspiring writers consists of the study of the language and the writing idioms of past and contemporary writers.
The program therefore aims in its earlier years to acquaint students with the various ways of writing that the writers of our time have made possible. Students begin to write in an expanding environment of literary and linguistic knowledge. In the later years the program aims to expose students to the history of formal experimentation and growth in particular genres, and to encourage specialization and/or experimentation in more than one genre.
The Creative Writing Program is not a direct entry program. Application to the program is made after two years of university level study, with a minimum of 54 credits completed.
The program emphasizes literary writing.