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Creative Writing (Part-time)

Credential:
Certificate
Program Code:
1162
School:
Continuing Education

About the Program

This program is for anyone who wants to explore their potential as a writer in a practical, constructive and goal-oriented academic environment. You will begin by reviewing the basics of writing: the structure, major concepts in aesthetic criticism, and managing the writing process. While reviewing the basics, you will have an opportunity to read examples of different genres and discuss these with a view to developing a well-rounded appreciation of quality in creative writing. You will also develop your writing style by producing works suitable for publication in your choice of venue.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
OLRN1042 Writing Grammatically
Description: Students learn the rules of English grammar in a comprehensive, easy-to-follow manner. Starting with a review of sentence parts, students move to an in-depth explanation of sentence structuring and culminate in a practical review of stylistic conventions in business writing.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OLRN1045 Understanding Literature
Description: Understanding Literature acquaints students with the tools necessary to appreciate literature critically by reviewing literary history and examining different genres. Students will explore themes and conventions associated with these genres and develop an understanding of literary analysis and various critical approaches. For creative writing students, this course will provide a framework in which to appreciate and evaluate their own writing.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
OLRN1090 Essentials of Writing Fiction
Description: This course enables students to build confidence in their writing abilities by advocation in a project-management based approach to writing. Students will learn practical techniques for generating and organizing ideas as well as sound planning procedures that will define the project as a series of realizable steps.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
Electives: Program Option
Student must complete a minimum of 84 Hours
Select from the list below
OLRN1003 Romance Writing

Description: Romance Writing explores the art and craft of writing for the growing romance fiction market. Through lectures, examples, and lots of research, students will develop their skills in the creating engrossing plots and settings, and engaging characters, as well as researching the growing and changing market for romance oriented fiction.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Closed
OLRN1040 Poetry Writing

Description: Poetry writing provides skills necessary for the creation, development, and marketing of publishable poems.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Closed
OLRN1110 Writing Short Stories

Description: This is an introductory course for the aspiring story writer that focuses on the particularities of this literary genre. Character development, narrative unity, and plot construction are explored by analyzing selected short stories and participating in writing exercises. Students will follow a step-by-step approach to producing a story suitable for publication. The process of submission for publication, as well as the various opportunities for publication is examined.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Closed
OLRN1295 Introduction To Children's Literature

Description: Recommended: College-level English or equivalent.

This subject will explore and evaluate the fiction, poetry, and non-fiction genres of children's literature with their historical contexts as they apply.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Details
OLRN1950 Writing For Publication I

Description: This course introduces students to creative writing and the publishing process. Students will follow the various steps of manuscript preparation, including conferencing, editing, and proofreading. Students will examine the writer's craft using a wide range of professional works as models.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Closed

Disclaimer

The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Contact

Amanda Pelley, apelley@conestogac.on.ca, (519) 748-5220 ext. 3454

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