The Langara College English Department offers a rotating selection of courses in five different genres of creative writing:

These courses typically involve intensive writing workshops, and are taught by instructors who are published and/or are active members of the local literary community. See below for current and upcoming Creative Writing courses being offered.

Students are encouraged to work towards publication of their writing in Langara’s W49 Magazine or other publications, and they are also encouraged to read their work at the English Department’s Strangers on a Train reading series.

All our Creative Writing courses are fully transferable to UBC and SFU. For information about transfer credit and articulation of these courses, please visit the BC Transfer Guide.

For more information, feel free to contact the individual instructors or the English Department Chair.

Creative Writing Courses for Fall 2021

English 2236: Creative Writing – Fiction

The “secret” to becoming a better writer is to read broadly and write regularly. We will do both in this class. We will read stories to understand how they operate at a fundamental level and analyze the decisions their authors made to take them from good-to-great. We will examine some of the craft elements of fiction and write in short bursts. Most significantly, you will write two short stories that—after some workshopping— sizzle with such intensity that the words will burn up the paper, stories that bubble and melt your printers from the sheer heat of them. We’ll aim for that, anyway, and dry out your ink cartridges in the effort. Workshops will be conducted with an emphasis on empathy. Vulnerability on the part of the writer is assumed, so we will conduct our critiques accordingly.

Instructor: Daniel Poirier | Monday/Wednesday 12:30-14:20
View Course Outline | Register for ENGL 2236 (CRN: 31117)

English 2276: Creative Writing – Nonfiction

Discover the amazingly flexible form of the personal essay. We’ll draw on memory, literature, music, popular culture and other sources of inspiration in this dynamic, supportive, playful and hands-on workshop in capturing, bending, and shaping the truth. Activities include writing prompts, discussion of readings and peer-editing and critique of each other’s writing. Assignments include two personal essays, written critiques, and journal responses to a wide variety of examples of the genre. In the process, you’ll find out how much fun nonfiction can be.

Instructor: Kathleen Oliver | Monday/Wednesday 12:30-14:20
View Course Outline | Register for ENGL 2276 (CRN: 31119)

Creative Writing Courses for Spring 2022

ENGL 2236: Fiction – Jill Goldberg

ENGL 2256: Screenwriting – Aaron Bushkowsky

ENGL 2266: Poetry – Roger Semmens