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Creative Writing and Journalism

  • Program Length 
    4 Years
  • Credential 
    Bachelor Degree
  • Options 
    Major, Minor
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

Do you want to write for a living? In VIU’s Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Journalism program, learn the skills you need to become a master of words from professors who are published, award-winning authors, poets and journalists. Small class sizes allow for a unique workshop format in many creative writing courses, and more one-on-one time with instructors. Whether you want to work in the publishing, entertainment or journalism industries, this degree in Journalism and Creative Writing will sharpen your literary skills and introduce you to the realities of working as a professional writer. 

The Program

The Creative Writing and Journalism department offers introductory, intermediate and advanced-level courses in book publishing, dramatic writing (including writing for the stage and scriptwriting for radio, television and film), fiction, journalism, and poetry, leading to a B.A. with a Major or Minor in Creative Writing and a B.A. with a Minor in Journalism. Students have the opportunity to combine applied and creative writing skills with a background in all aspects of print and electronic publishing including editing, distribution, promotion, and production of print materials.

Note: some courses may not be offered every year.

Program Outline

Requirements for a Creative Writing Major

Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English Requirements and courses listed below.

Note: All senior-level courses require completion of at least one prerequisite course at the 200-level; students must attain a minimum grade of “B-” in the prerequisite course in order to progress to a senior-level course in the same genre.

Years 1 and 2

Credits

Minimum twelve credits (four courses) of 100 and 200-level CREW courses.

12

Select a minimum of nine credits (three courses). Choose at least one course from three of the following five genres: 
1. Non-fiction
CREW 100 - (Intro to Writing Journalism)
CREW 200 - (Intermediate Journalism) 
CREW 201 - (Online Journalism)
CREW 202 - (Introduction to Writing Creative Non-Fiction)
CREW 203 - (Memoir Writing Workshop)
2. Poetry
CREW 110 - (Intro to Writing Poetry)
CREW 211 - (Writing Free Verse Poetry) 
CREW 212 - (Intermediate Poetry Workshop)
3. Fiction
CREW 120 - (Intro to Writing Fiction)
CREW 220 - (Writing Short Fiction) 
CREW 221 - (Genre Fiction Workshop)
4. Publishing
CREW 230 - (Introduction to Publishing)
5. Drama
CREW 140 - (Intro to Writing Drama)
CREW 240 - (Writing Short-Form Scripts for the Stage, Screen or Television) 
CREW 241 - (Writing Longer-Form Scripts for the Stage, Screen or Television)

9

Total Credits

21

Note: All 200-level courses have a 100-level prerequisite. Also, note that students must complete 200-level courses in at least three genres in order to have sufficient prerequisites for entry into courses in three genres at the senior level.

Years 3 and 4

Credits

Minimum twenty-one credits (seven courses) of 300 and 400-level CREW courses.

21

Select a minimum of nine credits (three courses). Choose at least one course from three of the following five genres*
1. Non-fiction
CREW 300 - (Creative Non-Fiction Workshop)
CREW 301 - (Advanced Feature Writing) 
CREW 400 - (Researching for Creative Non-Fiction)
CREW 401 - (Long-Form Non-Fiction)
CREW 402 - (Online Magazine Production)
CREW 452** - (Special Projects in Writing and Publishing)
ENGL 315 - (Advanced Workshop in Composition)
2. Poetry
CREW 310 - (Lyric and Prose Poetry Workshop)
CREW 311 - (Narrative and Serial Poetry Workshop) 
CREW 312 - (Writing Poetry in a Variety of Forms)
CREW 410 - (Advanced Poetry Workshop)
3. Fiction
CREW 320 - (Advanced Short Fiction Workshop)
CREW 321 - (Novel, Novella, and Story Sequence Workshop) 
CREW 322 - (Writing for Young Adults Workshop)
CREW 420 - (Experimental and Speculative Fiction Workshop)
CREW 422 - (Advanced Novel Workshop) 
CREW 425 - (Mystery Writing Workshop)
4. Publishing
CREW 330 - (Professional Editing)
CREW 331 - (Book Publishing) 
CREW 402 - (Online Magazine Production)
CREW 430 - (Publishing Workshop I)
CREW 431 - (Publishing Workshop II) 
CREW 452** - (Special Projects in Writing and Publishing)
5. Drama
CREW 340 - (Advanced Screenwriting Workshop)
CREW 341 - (Advanced Stage Play Writing Workshop) 
CREW 440 - (Writing for Television Workshop)
CREW 441 - (Digital Storytelling) 
CREW 442 - (Script Development Workshop)

9

Total Credits

30

* Directed Studies courses CREW 450 - (Directed Studies in Writing and Publishing I) and CREW 451 - (Directed Studies in Writing and Publishing II) may, depending on the nature of the project, be used to satisfy genre requirements for any of the five genres.

** CREW 452 - (Special Projects in Writing and Publishing) can be used to meet either Non-fiction or Publishing categories depending on the nature of the student's project.

Note: Upper-level Creative Writing (CREW) courses can be taken no more than twice for credit.

Requirements for a Creative Writing Minor

Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English Requirements and courses listed below.

Note: All senior-level courses require completion of at least one prerequisite course at the 200-level; students must attain a minimum grade of “B-” in the prerequisite course in order to progress to a senior-level course in the same genre.

Note: Required courses applied to the Journalism Minor may not also be applied to another Major or Minor.

Years 1 and 2

Credits

Select a minimum of six credits (two courses) from the following list:
CREW 100 - (Intro to Writing Journalism)
CREW 110 - (Intro to Writing Poetry) 
CREW 120 - (Intro to Writing Fiction)
CREW 140 - (Intro to Writing Drama)

6

Select a minimum of six credits (two courses) from the following list:
CREW 200 - (Intermediate Journalism)
CREW 201 - (Online Journalism) 
CREW 202 - (Introduction to Writing Creative Non-Fiction)
CREW 210 - (Writing Poetry in a Variety of Forms) 
CREW 211 - (Writing Free Verse Poetry)
CREW 212 - (Intermediate Poetry Workshop) 
CREW 220 - (Writing Short Fiction)
CREW 221 - (Genre Fiction Workshop) 
CREW 230 - (Introduction to Publishing)
CREW 240 - (Writing Short-Form Scripts for the Stage, Screen or Television) 
CREW 241 - (Writing Longer-Form Scripts for the Stage, Screen or Television)

6

Total Credits

12

Years 3 and 4

Credits

Select a minimum of eighteen credits (six courses) of CREW courses 300-level and above.

18

Total Credits

18

Note: Students taking CREW 300 - (Creative Non-Fiction Workshop) and/or CREW 301 - (Advanced Feature Writing) may use ENGL 315 - (Advanced Workshop in Composition) as part of their upper-level credits.

Note: Upper-level Creative Writing (CREW) courses can be taken no more than twice for credit.

Recommended Electives

Courses in EnglishGraphic DesignMedia StudiesMusicTheatre, or Visual Arts are recommended. Students wishing to pursue careers in journalism should consider taking upper-level courses in Digital Media StudiesHistoryPolitical StudiesEconomicsMedia StudiesPhilosophySociology, or Women's Studies.

Requirements for a Journalism Minor

Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English Requirements and courses listed below.

Note: All senior-level courses require completion of at least one prerequisite course at the 200-level; students must attain a minimum grade of “B-” in the prerequisite course in order to progress to a senior-level course in the same genre.

Years 1 and 2

Credits

CREW 100 - (Intro to Writing Journalism)

3

CREW 200 - (Intermediate Journalism)

3

CREW 201 - (Online Journalism)

3

CREW 230 - (Introduction to Publishing)

3

Total Credits

12

Years 3 and 4

Credits

CREW 301 - (Advanced Feature Writing)

3

CREW 330 - (Professional Editing) 

3

MEDI 302 - (Making the News)

3

CREW 400 - (Researching for Creative Non-Fiction)

3

CREW 401 - (Long-Form Non-Fiction) 

3

CREW 402 - (Online Magazine Production) 

3

CREW 475 - (Internships in Writing and Publishing) 

3

Total Credits

21

Note: Upper-level Creative Writing (CREW) courses can be taken no more than twice for credit.

Recommended Electives

Students are advised to consider completing a Major in a complementary discipline such as Political Studies, Economics, History, Sociology, First Nations Studies, Women's Studies, Business, Criminology, or Global Studies.

Updated 
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (30 credits x $147.76 per credit)

4,432.80

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

177.31

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.53 per credit)

195.90

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

6,736.45

Notes

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees for One Year*

Amount

Tuition (2 semesters x $7620 per semester)

15,240.00

Ancillary Fee (2 semesters x $374.4 per semester)

748.80

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $19.43 per month)

155.44

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275 per year)

275.00

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year

1,500.00

Total

17,919.24

Notes

The above table is based on 15 credits or less per semester. Additional fees of $635.00 per credit will be applied if taking more than 15 credits per semester.

The Health and Dental Plan fee is in effect only for full–time students at the Nanaimo Campus.  

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Sunday, April 1, 2018
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