The Certificate in Creative Writing will help you develop your own writing craft through study, practice, and workshopping and can be applicable to many forms of communication, including journalism, marketing, social media, film, performance, and popular music, as well as literary publication.

Quick facts
  • Two- or three-year certificate
  • Part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school

What you will learn

You will learn the craft of writing in the foundational forms of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama as well as other established and emerging forms. Upon completion of the certificate, you will have a portfolio demonstrating your skill across a range of forms. The program may also serve as a step toward more advanced studies in creative writing.

ENG 220.3: Studies in the Craft of Writing

A study of "reading like a writer," this course explores two genres—typically, contemporary poetry and fiction—through the critical analysis and subsequent practice of literary technique. In addition to engaging with elements of style through lectures and workshops, students will explore the aesthetic and sociopolitical underpinnings of assigned readings to consider how form and content exist in a mutually enlivening relationship. Visiting authors may be invited into the classroom, and you will be encouraged to attend literary events in the community. By the end of the course, you will have completed at least one research essay and a portfolio of polished writing in two genres.

ENG 114.3: Literature and Composition Reading Culture

An introduction to historical and contemporary cultural forms in English. In addition to learning the tools of critical analysis, you will study and practice composition. Class themes will vary according to instructor choice. Students are encouraged to refer to the Department of English website for descriptions of specific sections.

DRAM 231.3: Introduction to Indigenous Playwriting

The purpose of this course is to learn the basics of dramatic writing, with a focus on writing for the stage. The course is intended for students with little to no previous University-level writing experience, but who have an intense interest in theatre. The specific dramaturgical approach employed in the course focuses on the actor/character relationship to text, where the actor is always the first audience of any script. In that the actor is ultimately responsible for interpreting the text (through performance to the audience), it is the playwright's goal to create a script that both challenges and engages the actor. The craft of writing plays is explored through exercises and class discussion, and the course focuses on First Nations and Métis cultural concerns.

ENG 365.6: Creative Writing Workshop

Intended for students who are interested in the practice of imaginative writing (fiction, poetry, etc.). Course work will include an assignment of writing each week.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Practical approach

Our hands-on approach will teach you how to write and produce content to turn you into a flexible writer who could tackle a variety of forms such as poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, and much more.

Career opportunities

Students in this program will develop skills needed to become a professional writer who could fine tune their skills to work a variety of industries, from publishing to marketing and communications.

Further studies

This undergraduate-level certificate may help you prepare to further your studies for a M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Saskatchewan or other institutions.


The program is designed to be of particular use to students who wish to employ their writing skills in their career paths. Some opportunities may include:

  • Advertising copywriter
  • Creative director
  • Digital copywriter
  • Editorial assistant
  • Lexicographer
  • Magazine journalist
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Playwright
  • Publishing copy-editor/proofreader
  • Writer

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $746 per 3 credit unit class $3,611 per 3 credit unit class
Student fees $1,121 per year $1,121 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay per class (2024-2025 Canadian dollar rates).
Student fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access. This estimate reflects the price you would pay if you are a full-time student.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,500-$2,500 for this program.

Program options

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The Certificate in Creative Writing is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science. You may earn the certificate on its own, concurrently with a degree, or after having already received a degree from here or another institution.

If you are already enrolled at USask, consult your academic advisor regarding enrolling in this program.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2024
Dec 1, 2023
Documents due: Dec 15, 2023
Sep 1, 2023
Documents due: Oct 1, 2023
May 2024
Apr 1, 2024
Documents due: May 1, 2024
Feb 1, 2024
Documents due: Mar 1, 2024
July 2024
May 1, 2024
Documents due: Jun 1, 2024
Mar 1, 2024
Documents due: Apr 1, 2024
September 2024
Aug 15, 2024
Documents due: Aug 15, 2024
May 1, 2024
Documents due: Jun 1, 2024
January 2025
Dec 1, 2024
Documents due: Dec 15, 2024
Sep 1, 2024
Documents due: Oct 1, 2024

Ready to apply?

If you are a current USask student, consult your academic advisor regarding enrolling in this program.

To apply to this program as a new student, please apply for admission to any undergraduate program in the College of Arts and Science and after you are admitted, declare your plans to the college.

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If you are interested in more information about this certificate, please contact student-advice@artsandscience.usask.ca