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There's more to the world of writing than you think.
Prepare for a career in both writing and publishing
In this unique program, you'll gain experience in a variety of writing genres and media platforms — and be ready for a career in today's publishing industry. You'll graduate with a broad skill set that gives you the opportunity to choose a variety of career paths.
Focus on your interests
This flexible program allows you to focus on your interests and career goals. In addition to core courses in creative writing, publishing and literary studies, your program electives let you tailor your education in these three disciplines. You'll have the opportunity to take courses from Sheridan's arts and business degrees and collaborate with students in other programs.
Connect with communities
Relationships with audiences, writers and the publishing community are integral parts of being an author. In this program, you're encouraged to develop these relationships through internships, connecting with literary communities, editing and publishing literary journals, writing reviews and more. You'll have the chance to make an impact in your community of practice — and community at large.
Learn from expert faculty
With experience in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama and new media, our faculty have collectively written and edited in nearly every genre. Their work includes historical novels, creative non-fiction and criticism, sci-fi, comedy, children's lit and beyond. You'll benefit from their expertise — and gain a solid foundation for your writing or publishing career.
Our faculty are successful industry professionals who have, to date:
- Authored 17 books, with more in progress
- Authored more than 220 shorter works, published in national and international journals, literary magazines and anthologies
- Authored 56 journalistic articles and counting
- Edited 123 books, with more in progress
- Been shortlisted for 35 writing awards
- Won four awards for writing and 13 awards for editing
- Had seven plays produced
Be a part of Sheridan's emerging literary culture
As a student in this program, you'll be part of Sheridan's emerging literary culture. Events like Sheridan Reads bring together students, faculty and staff, community groups, libraries and public service organizations to discuss and celebrate the works of local and international writers (most recently Lawrence Hill and Thomas King).
Other initiatives such as the 905 Road Show: Creativity Cabaret, using the power of narrative to forge connections between individuals and communities, have also helped bring creative writers to Sheridan — and foster a culture of literary appreciation on campus.
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS CWRT 15389GD Introduction to Creative Writing 3 COMM 15098 Professional Writing and Copyediting 3 PUBL 14350 Fundamentals of Publishing 3 Literature Elective (1000 Level) 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS CWRT 16148 Narrative & New Media 3 CWRT 12258 Reading Like a Writer 3 PUBL 16172 Fundamentals of Editing 3 ENGL 17889GD Composition & Rhetoric 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS CWRT 26291 Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop Elective (choose from fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry) 3 PUBL 28040 The Business of Publishing 3 Program Elective 3 LITT 21686 LITT 22346 Reading to the Restoration (Pre 1660) OR Reading After the Restoration (1660 to the Present) 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS CWRT 26291 Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop Elective (choose from fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry) 3 PUBL 26589 Substantive Editing 3 Program Elective 3 COMM 23385 Research for Writing and Publishing 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS PUBL 32720 CWRT30564 Publishing: Audience, Markets & Media Platforms OR Creative Writing: Advanced Creative Writing Workshop 1: 2 Genres 3 PUBL 31892 Self-Publishing 3 Program Elective 3 Literature Elective (2000 or 3000 Level) 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS PUBL 33122 CWRT 36602GD Publishing: Advanced Copy Editing OR Creative Writing: Advanced Creative Writing Workshop 2: Single Genre 3 PUBL 39181 Copyright and Contracts 3 PUBL 34439 CWRT 31159 Publishing Elective OR Creative Writing Elective 3 Program Elective 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS PUBL 37049 PUBL 38033 Publishing: Sheridan Community Reads Project OR Creative Writing: Literary Journals and Zines 3 COMM 32330 Professional Practices for Writers and Publishers 3 PUBL 40969 CWRT 49975 Master Class – Publishing OR Master Class – Creative Writing 3 PUBL 33492 Publishing: Acquisitions and Imprint Identity OR Creative Writing: Literature Elective (4000 Level) 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS PUBL 46432 CWRT 46432 Capstone: Honours Publishing Project OR Capstone: Honours Writing Project 3 COMM 49103 Portfolio 3 CULT 46897 PUBL 43576 Program Elective (Any 2000, 3000 or 4000) OR Emergent Issues in Writing OR Emergent Issues in Publishing 3 CULT 46897 PUBL 43576 Literature Elective (4000 Level) OR Program Elective (Any 2000, 3000 or 4000) OR Emergent Issues in Writing OR Emergent Issues in Publishing 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15 Program Electives may include such offerings as:* Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Drama Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Fiction Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Poetry Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Creative Non-Fiction Reviewing Culture Interactive Fiction Emergent Issues in Writing (Managing Literary Celebrity) Emergent Issues in Publishing (The Prize Economy) Writing for Children Principles of Creative Writing Pedagogy Literature Electives may include such offerings as:* Introduction to Popular Literature Understanding Narrative Gender and Sexuality in Literature The Twenty-First Century Novel Children’s Literature: A Primer Adaptation: From Text to Film Life Writing: Personal Narrative and the Construction of Self Censorship and Literature: Critical Approaches American Road Narratives Topics in Eco-Criticism *Please note that not all courses will be available every semester
Courses subject to change.
Find course details:
Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:
- English, Grade 12 ENG4U, or EWC4U (Writer’s Craft) with a minimum grade of 70%
- Five other Grade 12 credits at U or M level
- Minimum 65% overall average
Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses) and the quality of their creative writing sample submission.
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.
Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a seven-year term starting June 17, 2016 and subject to renewal thereafter. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario Colleges. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing and Publishing program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Credentials earned during the period of consent remain valid, even if Ministry consent to offer the program is withdrawn in the future. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g. acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).
English Language ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.
Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing and Publishing program gives you the skills you need to succeed as a creative writer in a variety of contexts or as a professional in today’s publishing industry.
Here are some jobs you might find:
- Copy/Substantive/Acquisitions Editor
- Marketing/Sales Rep
- Literary Agent
- Produce creative writing in at least three genres and forms drawn from the areas of poetry, fiction, drama, creative non-fiction, children's literature, graphic novels, film and review.
- Apply specialized knowledge in a specific genre and medium.
- Evaluate your own work and that of others with a view to providing and receiving peer criticism for the purposes of revision.
- Interpret texts critically and analytically from a range of literary, cultural and historical traditions and precedents.
- Compile a professional manuscript ready for publication in select genres.
- Apply knowledge and skills specific to the (self-)publishing industry, including editing and the editorial process, production, formatting, design, marketing and supply chain management.
- Model a professional attitude with a willingness to collaborate and to listen and respond to constructive criticism.
- Implement the appropriate technological, applied and creative problem-solving tools to create and publish your own works.
- Foster and support a literary community by developing a presence in emergent media and across a variety of platforms.
- Articulate how socially constructed views and identities contribute to the production of diverse voices in yourself and other writers.
Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees shown here are for the 2020–2021 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.
Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.
Fees for Canadian students$7,278.05
Fees for International students$16,929.05
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Honours Baccalaureate Degree
Full-time 4 years Program code: PBCWP
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