Writing to Publish (Part-time)
- Program Code:
- Continuing Education
About the ProgramThis program will provide students with an opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge to enhance their success as a writer while at the same time becoming aware of requirements for getting work published. Students explore the processes of writing for publications and of editing to ensure accuracy. They learn how to submit manuscripts for publication. Students will also select from a variety of electives in order to develop their talents related to various genres of writing.
Program InformationAll courses must be completed within 7 years of acceptance into the program.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.
- Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
- Attach proof of Admission Requirements
How to ApplyStudents 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:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo 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 OpportunitiesFor more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Program Related Resources
- Identify the diversity of opportunities for publishing works.
- Create plots, characters and themes that engage specific audiences.
- Write in a broad range of styles appropriate to a variety of media.
- Prepare polished manuscripts for submission to publishers
- Recognize and correct common errors in grammar
- Produce edited copy, demonstrating an understanding of effective writing
- Describe the elements which distinguish literature from other text and those elements that constitute various genres of literature.
- Discuss the background, history and diversity of choice and challenges in self-publishing and opportunities it presents for authors.
- Identify key concepts in the promotion, sale and distribution of a book
- Develop a basic marketing strategy for a book proposal/idea
- Analyze fiction in terms of its literary elements
- Explain drama in terms of its structure
- Identify the main ideas behind important literary theories
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.
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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.
|OLRN1400||Grammar For Writing Professionals
Description: Grammar for Writing Professionals aims to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the editing and proofreading process. Potential editors, writers and proofreaders will find this course particularly helpful. They will gain experience recognizing and correcting errors in accordance with accepted Canadian standards. The course also emphasizes the importance of working as part of an editing team to help produce acceptable full-length manuscripts.
|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.
|OLRN1960||Writing For Publication II
Description: This course focuses on the publishing process with emphasis on the Canadian magazine trade. Students will be encouraged to develop their ideas into acceptable compositions and to approach suitable publishers with their work.
|Electives: Program Option|
Student must complete a minimum of 90 Hours
Select from the list below
Introduction to Non-Fiction
Description: Explore non-fiction writing, with emphasis on identifying a market, targeting an audience, working with a collaborator, completing research, drafting a professional book/proposal query and dialoguing with the publishing world.
Description: This course emphasizes the skills necessary for developing an original short dramatic script idea. Providing a structured developmental process, we will begin with researching and evaluating story concepts, writing an outline, treatment and first draft, followed by revision and polishing of a final draft which will be marketed for sale before the end of the term. Script formats and terminology specific to film, television and radio will be covered, with emphasis on film, along with intellectual property protection issues, marketing, and developing the tools necessary to sustain a writing career.
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.
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.
Description: This course includes various technical writing problems that challenge the learner to generate practical solutions that are clear, focused and expressed in appropriate language and style. The course assists learners to develop the sound thinking and planning skills that are fundamental to communicating successfully in technical fields. In addition, the computer will be used for online research, collaboration with other learners and formatting technical information to industry standards using text and graphics.
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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.