Why study Creative Writing at Dal?

Few things are more powerful than the written word

You'll be taught by published writers in workshops that encourage and expand your imaginative and original writing. Learn about the writer's craft by reading and critiquing your peers’ work — while getting feedback on your own writing.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Department of English (Creative Writing)
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

If you enjoy writing poetry, plays, fiction, or nonfiction, you can take Creative Writing courses as a minor, part of a double major or combined honours degree. The Creative Writing program offers a range of courses that will encourage you explore your interests.

Most courses are workshop-based — meaning, you’ll bring a piece of writing to class and get feedback from your peers. And you might just get the encouragement and feedback you need to get it published.

Sample courses:

  • The Creative Process
  • Poetry
  • Songwriting: Creative Writing for Lyric Forms

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

You'll learn skills that will prepare you for any job requiring creative thinking and problem solving. You’ll be able to think on your feet and with your pen, creating tag lines for marketing campaigns or composing clear and compelling text for websites. The bottom line: you'll be prepared for any type of work that requires the ability to communicate clearly in writing. Here are just a few of the careers paths you might follow:

  • playwright
  • novelist
  • editor

Future studies could include programs at the graduate level in arts, social sciences or your core area of study.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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