Program Requirements

Creative Writing is a delayed-entry Honours BA program, and may be pursued as a single major, double major or minor. Students who wish to apply for admission to the program are strongly advised to take one of the following courses among their first 30 University credits:

  • AP/EN 1001 3.00 Introduction to Literary Study
  • AP/EN 1002 3.00 Intertextualities
  • AP/EN 1006 3.00 Writer’s Introduction to Literary Forms
  • AP/WRIT 1700 9.00 (cross-listed to: AP/EN 1700 9.00, AP/HUMA 1700 9.00)

Students may enroll in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies in Honours or in the Fine Arts Studies Program.

Students who are in the Faculty of Fine Arts should plan a course of studies with the approval of both the Creative Writing and Fine Arts program. If you are registered in the Faculty of Fine Arts you will be expected to meet the requirements of the Fine Arts Studies Program.

Students must successfully complete AP/EN 2600 6.00 Introduction to Creative Writing before applying for admission to the Creative Writing program as a major or minor. Students taking AP/EN 2600 6.00 Introduction to Creative Writing, who wish to obtain full admission to the program as a major or minor, should submit a 12-15 page portfolio of poetry and prose fiction following completion of AP/EN 2600 6.00 Introduction to Creative Writing.

Students may also apply for full admission after their first 54 credits and before completion of their first 78 credits by presenting a portfolio containing work in both poetry and prose fiction as evidence of writing experience equivalent to that provided by AP/EN 2600 6.00 Introduction to Creative Writing. In either case, applicants must also fill out a Creative Writing program application form (PDF). Acceptance of the portfolio by the Creative Writing Committee constitutes full admission to the Honours Major or Honours Minor program.

It is strongly recommended that students in the Honours BA program combine creative writing with a major or minor in English. Students admitted to the Honours Major or Honours Minor program should schedule an advising appointment with the Creative Writing program.

Honours BA: 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: students must successfully complete (pass) at least 120 credits which meet the Faculty's degree and program requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 5.00.

General education:  A minimum of 21 General Education credits as follows:

  • 6:00 credits in Natural Science (NATS)
  • A 9:00 credit approved general education course in the Social Science or Humanities categories
  • A 6:00 credit approved general education course in the opposite category to the 9:00 credit course in Social Science or Humanities already taken.

Major credits: students must complete at least 48 credits in creative writing, including:

  • AP/EN 2600 6.00;
  • 18 workshop credits chosen from AP/EN 3600 6.00, AP/EN 3610 6.00, AP/EN 3620 6.00,  AP/EN 4600 6.00, AP/EN 4610 6.00, AP/EN 4620 6.00, FA/FILM 2121 6.00, FA/FILM 3120 6.00, FA/FILM 4120 6.00, FA/THEA 3290 6.00 or FA/THEA 4290 6.00, including at least six credits at the 4000 level;
  • 24 additional credits chosen from all offerings in the English Dept., including at least 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level and a maximum of six Creative Writing workshop credits.Note: at least 12 credits in the major must be at the 4000 level

Upper-level credits: at least 36 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: at least 18 credits. (Note: students who are completing a double major or major/minor are deemed to have  fulfilled this requirement.)

Note: Portfolios are required for admission to these courses. Please consult the program office for more information.

Honours Double Major BA

The Honours BA program described above may be pursued jointly with approved Honours Double Major degree programs in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies or Science and Engineering. For further details on requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours programs that may be pursued jointly with other Faculties.

Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary (Linked) BA

The Honours BA program in Creative Writing may be linked with any Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Note: in a double major program, a course may count only once toward major credit.

Major credits: students must take at least 48 credits in creative writing and at least 36 credits in the interdisciplinary program. Courses taken to meet creative writing requirements cannot also be used to meet the requirements of the interdisciplinary program. Students in these interdisciplinary programs must take a total of at least 18 credits at the 4000 level, including at least 12 credits in creative writing and six credits in the interdisciplinary program. For further details of requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours Double Major Interdisciplinary BA programs.

The 48 credits in creative writing must include:

  •  AP/EN 2600 6.00;
  • 18 workshop credits chosen from AP/EN 3600 6.00, AP/EN 3610 6.00, AP/EN 3620 6.00, AP/EN 4600 6.00, AP/EN 4610 6.00, AP/EN 4620 6.00, FA/FILM 2121 6.00, FA/FILM 3120 6.00, FA/FILM 4120 6.00, FA/THEA 3290 6.00 or FA/THEA 4290 6.00, including at least six credits at the 4000 level;
  • 24 additional credits chosen from all offerings in the English Dept., including at least 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level and a maximum of six creative writing workshop credits.
  •  Note:   At least 12 credits in the major must be at the 4000 level.

Honours Major/Minor BA

The Honours BA program described above may be pursued jointly with approved Honours Minor degree programs in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies or Science and Engineering. For further details requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours programs that may be pursued jointly with other Faculties.

Note: In a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit.

Honours Minor BA

The Honours Minor BA program described above may be combined with any approved Honours BA program that offers a major/minor option in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies or Science and Engineering. For further details on requirements, refer to the listings for specific Honours programs that may be pursued jointly with other Faculties.

Note: In a major/minor program, a course may count only once toward major credit or minor credit.

Minor credits: students must take at least 30 credits in Creative Writing, including:

AP/EN 2600 6.0.

12 additional workshop credits chosen from the following list:

AP/EN 3600 6.00; AP/EN 3610 6.00;  AP/EN 3620 6.00;  AP/EN 4600;  AP/EN 4610 6.00, AP/EN 4620 6.00, FA/FILM 2121 6.00, FA/FILM 3120 6.00, FA/FILM 4120 6.00, FA/THEA 3290 6.00 or FA/THEA 4290 6.00,

12 Literary Context credits chosen from all offerings in the English Department, including at least six credits at the 3000 to 4000 level. Courses in other departments are approved only by permission of the Creative Writing Coordinator.

Note: At least six credits in the minor must be at the 4000 level