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English Language, Literature and Creative Writing

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Graduate Creative Writing

The Literature and Creative Writing field allows students to combine graduate-level study of literature with advanced creative seminars and the writing of a significant, independent creative writing thesis project.

M.A. in English: Literature and Creative Writing

Students in the Literature and Creative Writing field must take the two-term graduate seminar in Creative Writing (26-591/592), admission to which is only by portfolio review, which should be submitted along with application to the Department of English (see below). In addition, students must take four other graduate seminars from the regular course offerings, and complete an independent writing project.
The Creative Writing Project (26-794), which will normally emerge out of the graduate seminar in Creative Writing, is a book-length manuscript (approximately 70-120 pages). The manuscript will include creative work in a particular genre followed by an essay of approximately 3,000-4,000 words. This essay must contextualize the student's creative work, and might include one or more of the following: articulating compositional process; reviewing the theory/history of a mode or genre featured in the thesis (e.g., historical fiction, the elegaic, concrete poetry, etc.); situating the work within contemporary creative practice. The student will work independently on this project under the guidance of a Master's Committee consisting of a thesis director (Chair of the Master's Committee) and one other member from the Department of English and one faculty member from another department. (This Committee will be recommended to the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and research for approval.)
The Chair of the Master's Committee normally has full responsibility for direction of the student's work. Other members of the Committee will act as second readers who may be involved at the early stages, but who will read the final draft of the project and participate in the examination of the candidate. As part of the examination of the Creative Writing project, students will present a reading from their project, on which they will be examined by the Committee.
Note: students in the Creative Writing and Language and Literature field must register in 26-794 Creative Writing Project in every term in which they use university facilities for their work.

Creative writing thesis prospectus:

Prior to beginning work on the creative writing thesis, students must submit a prospectus, which will be prepared in consultation with their advisor(s). The prospectus (approximately 1,000 words) is a formal, detailed plan of work which sets out clearly the scope and nature of the project, its particular use of genre and how the work is situated within contemporary creative and critical writing in Canada. The prospectus is accompanied by a bibliography of primary and secondary texts that provide a context for the project. The prospectus will be circulated to appropriate members of the Department of English for approval.

Application guidelines:

Please review the application guidelines.