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Creative writing

Explore and experiment

Our undergraduate creative writing programs blend the complementary practices of critical reading and writing. Alongside some of the most accomplished writers in their genres, students explore and experiment with a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting.

In workshops, students work together to develop a range of communication skills useful both in creative writing and in related fields.

Ice House

Creative writing classes usually take place in the cozy Ice House, where generations of writers have met to develop their craft. The building was the university’s ice house before the arrival of electricity.


Students interested in a future career in publishing can complete the Certificate in Publishing to learn relevant skills and gain hands-on experience working with a book publisher, journal, or magazine.

Our writer-in-residence program offers students a chance to work one-on-one with some of Canada’s finest writers. Students may also take advantage of internships in the field of publishing.

Students are always welcome to volunteer at The Fiddlehead, Canada’s oldest literary journal, or contribute to the well-established student journal Qwerty. Take advantage of our visiting writers series and other events during the school year.

Students can also join the Albert Ross Society, the English department’s lively undergraduate club.

Program options

The department offers a creative writing option within the English major, as well as through the honours program.

Any student who is interested in this option should consult the director of creative writing, Sue Sinclair.


3000-level creative writing courses include:

  • English 3123 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • English 3143 Creative Writing: Fiction
  • English 3163 Creative Writing: Drama English
  • 3183 Creative Writing: Screenwriting for Short Formats English
  • 3186 Creative Writing: Screenplay

Creative Writing students can count either ENGL 3183 or ENGL 3186 towards their degree (but not both).

Students can count in their minimum program requirements no more than a total of 9 ch of upper-level courses drawn from the following group: film studies, writing (creative, expository or screen) and theatre (drama production).

No course may be counted toward the fulfilment of the minimum major or honours requirement unless it is passed with a grade of C or better.

Students transferring credits from another university should note that at least half of the advanced credits counted toward a UNB English major or honours must be from courses taken at the University of New Brunswick.

All courses for the major or honours must be free electives (that is, electives which are not used to meet faculty requirements or those of another program) within a student's program.

Course requirements