Minor in Creative Writing (Arts Program) - ASMIN1646

The Minor in Creative Writing allows students to exercise their creativity and to improve as writers through the practice-based and reflective study of genres, strategies, and techniques. The program includes lecture courses on forms including short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; form-specific workshops focused on the discussion of students’ work; opportunities to write in longer forms such as the novella and the poetry collection; and seminars on subjects such as the publishing industry and literary culture. Through these courses, students will develop their writing and editorial skills while gaining a better understanding of literary craft and of writing beyond the university.

Enrolment Requirements

This is a limited enrolment program. Students must have completed 4.0 credits and meet the requirements listed below to enrol.

Variable Minimum Grade Average
A minimum grade average in required courses is needed for entry, and this minimum changes each year depending on available spaces and the number of applicants. The following courses must be completed:

For students who have completed 4.0 to 8.5 credits:

For students who have completed 9.0 or more credits:

  • 2.0 credits in 200-level ENG courses, each with a final grade of at least 77%
Completion Requirements

(4.0 credits as follows, including at least 1.5 credits at the 300 level or above)

  1. 1.5 credits from: ENG110Y1, ENG140Y1, ENG150Y1, ENG201Y1, ENG205H1, ENG210H1, ENG213H1, ENG215H1, ENG234H1, ENG235H1, ENG237H1, ENG239H1, ENG285H1, ENG287H1
  2. ENG289H1
  3. 2.0 credits from the following: ENG387H1/​ CRE279H1, ENG388H1/​ CRE280H1, ENG389H1/​ CRE275H1/​ WRR311Y1, ENG394H1, ENG497H1, ENG498H1; approved courses offered by other departments and programs (see list of Cognate Courses below).

Accepted Cognate Courses:


  • We do not accept any CR/NCR courses toward our program.
  • 200-level English courses in the program are open to students who have obtained standing in 1.0 ENG credit or in any 4.0 credits. Students without these prerequisites may enrol in a 200-level course if they are concurrently enrolled in ENG110Y1, ENG140Y1, or ENG150Y1.
  • ENG387H1, ENG388H1, ENG389H1, and ENG394H1 are open to students who have obtained standing in ENG289H1 and any further 3.5 credits.
  • ENG497H1 and ENG498H1 are open to students who have obtained standing in 9.0 credits, including ENG289H1 and any additional 1.5 ENG credits.
  • ENG387H1, ENG388H1, ENG389H1, ENG394H1, ENG497H1, and ENG498H1 may not be counted toward fulfilling the requirements for the Specialist, Major, or Minor programs in English.
  • Please note that prerequisites and exclusions will be strictly enforced.