Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing
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The second intake for this a one-year certificate is currently under way so don't delay in applying. A two-year diploma is in the planning stages to continue the program’s focus on experiential skills-building specific to the requirements of the industry. If you are wait listed for this program you can still take your Creative Writing electives. Don't wait to get started!
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Faculty Profile: Sara Cassidy
I have worked as a full-time reporter for several newspapers; as a freelance writer I’ve sold hundreds of non-fiction articles to magazines and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, The Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Today's Parent Magazine, HERizons Magazine, and Victoria's Focus Magazine. My poems and short stories have been published in The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, Grain Magazine, Geist Magazine, Leaf Press, The Antigonish Review, Monday Magazine, Boulevard Magazine, Qwerty, CV2, Times Colonist (Victoria), and read aloud on the BBC. My poetry won first place in the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia's Atlantic Writing Competition and a non-fiction article about new urbanism won a National Magazine Award (Gold).
I’m the author of four books for youth published by Lorimer and Orca Book Publishers; two novels for young teens have been accepted for publication in 2014. I'm also the author of Sardines, a chapbook of short short stories and Ultrasound of My Heart, a chapbook of poems (Reference West, 1999), and I once published a poetry zine called Bloom.
Interested in exploring a career in writing? This two-year, workshop-based program will give you a broad understanding of each of four writing genres — creative fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting, poetry — while completing a range of courses in the liberal arts and sciences. By completing at least three first-year and two second-year writing courses, your Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing will give you the expertise and familiarity with the field to continue your education in such areas as journalism, visual storytelling and creative writing.
As a graduate of the Creative Writing program, you may find employment with community newspapers, non-profit organizations, community magazines, communications companies, Tourism Victoria (or other tourism departments), and on-line publications. You can also pursue copy editing work, or write for government, for in-house public relations in small businesses, and even for yourself as a freelance writer.
Thinking of becoming an author or journalist? This program can help you decide. As a graduate, you can continue towards a degree from many universities:
- Thompson Rivers University - Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
- UBC - Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts
- UVic - Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Royal Roads University - Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications
- Vancouver Island University - Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing
The Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing program will provide you with your first two years of full-time study, preparing you to transfer to a four-year institution to complete your degree. At Camosun, you'll complete 20 courses and earn an Associate of Arts Degree with a Creative Writing concentration. And you don't need to wait! You can start in September or January.
See our literary ejournal Beside the Point - we encourage submissions from emerging creative writers!
Work Experience is now an option for Associate Degree students
Associate Degree programs have either a Co-op or Internship option. Students will gain practical work experience, which may be paid or unpaid, through either a four-month Internship or two co-op work terms, available after eight courses of academic study. For more information, contact a Co-op Employment Facilitator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions regarding your educational goals, choosing a course, course prerequisites or transfer credit, please contact Academic Advising. If you need more information regarding criteria for admission to a program, how/when to register or tuition costs, please contact Enrolment Services.
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Last updated: May 16, 2013 11:49 am