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PhD in English (Creative Writing)

The critical skills to teach literature and writing

Application deadline: Dec. 1

The department boasts talented practitioners and instructors in all major genres of creative writing--fiction, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting--as well as expertise in non-fiction and travel writing.

The PhD is designed to give students the critical skills to teach literature and writing at the college or university level and includes both academic and creative courses, a teaching mentorship program, comprehensive exams, a language requirement and a dissertation of creative work that includes a 30 to 50-page critical introduction to the creative work.

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The culmination of the degree is the book-length thesis, which may be fiction (short fiction or a novel), poetry, a play, a screenplay or a work of creative non-fiction.

Our teaching apprenticeship program (English 6999) affords students a unique opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor on all aspects of pedagogy, developing skills in lecturing, classroom discussion, marking and course and assignment design while teaching a first year course.

We have a full-year writer-in-residence, an extensive reading series, teaching assistantships and other ways to work directly on editing, including for The Fiddlehead, UNB's international journal of creative writing and Qwerty, a nationally distributed graduate student journal.

The department also offers workshops on grant and scholarship applications. Students work very closely with faculty members.

Requirements

Students will normally undertake:

  • Five one-term courses after the master’s degree, in addition to any courses taken to make up omissions in the candidate’s background
  • As part of this coursework, students must take two creative writing workshops in two different genres and three academic courses
  • A year-long research methods course (ENGL 6100)
  • Teaching apprenticeship course (ENGL 6999)
  • Three comprehensive Exams
  • Second language requirement
  • Dissertation

The program is designed to be completed in four years.

Apply now