Bachelor of Arts, Major in Creative Writing


The KPU Creative Writing Department offers students a community of creativity in which writers discover a purposeful craft and explore the gifts of the imagination. We offer award-winning faculty, small class sizes, and a rigorous approach to the discipline of writing. The department is known for a strong sense of community which supports writers to discover their voice and develop their craft.

Learning in the Creative Writing Department is based on foundational principles of mentorship, discovery, purposefulness, and learner autonomy. Faculty demonstrate an authentic spirit of inquiry intended as a model for learners. In turn, learners engage with a teaching environment that is collaborative, creative, and respectful. We embrace emerging and experimental teaching methods in support of a dynamic educational community that is innovative, interdisciplinary, and socially and culturally responsible.

In the Creative Writing Department, learner engagement extends beyond the classroom to encompass learning from community and industry partners and peers. Creative Writing provides an excellent foundation in communication skills as well as the development of divergent and creative thinking abilities. Graduates with these skills are highly sought in today's dynamic workplace.

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Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a major in Creative Writing must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
    • 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area

Curricular Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts Framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements. Note: This major will require minimum grades greater than a C; please check the pre-requisites for each course.

Creative Writing Major

CRWR 1100Introduction to Creative Writing I3
CRWR 1200Introduction to Craft and Process in Creative Writing3
CRWR 3303The Business of Writing3
CRWR 4150Writers' Studio3
ENGL 1100Introduction to University Writing3
Select 3 credits from a course in ENGL at the 1200-level3
Select three of the following:9
Introduction to Creative Writing II
New Forms and Media: Networked Narratives
Writing and Creativity on the Web
Fiction and Poetry
Drama, Fiction and Poetry II
Special Topics
Select one of the following:3
Advanced Fiction Workshop
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Screenwriting and Drama: Advanced Workshop
Advanced Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Advanced New Forms and Media II
Select 24 additional credits from courses in CRWR at the 3000 level or higher, including at least 3 credits from courses at the 4000 level24
Total Credits54

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the major program students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts. Transcripts will indicate a Major in Creative Writing.

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