Creative Writing

College-Approved Certificate (5 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 6068X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Are you an aspiring writer who enjoys sharing your stories and ideas with others? Enrol in this online College Certificate program and explore your writing potential in a practical, constructive and goal-oriented academic environment. Learn the basics of writing, the structure of language, concepts in aesthetic criticism and the key steps involved in the writing process. Emphasis is placed on developing an individual writing style as students produce works in various genres.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Possess good written and oral communication skills.
  • Are self-directed in online learning environments.
  • Enjoy the art of writing.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment opportunities as freelance writers. Graduates may also pursue career paths within organizations where publishing, writing, editing and marketing support functions are required.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Melissa Langlais, Program Coordinator, at or 613-727-4723 ext. 7310.


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
ENL001348.0Understanding LiteratureOnline Learning
ENL001148.0Writing GrammaticallyOnline Learning Online Learning
ENL001248.0Essentials of Writing FictionBlank Icon Online Learning
Elective: choose 2
ENL001448.0Writing Short StoriesBlank Icon Online Learning
ENL502945.0Romance WritingBlank Icon Online Learning
ENL000645.0Poetry WritingBlank Icon Online Learning
ENL003636.0Writing MysteriesWriting Mysteries

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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ENL0013 Understanding Literature

Students become familiar with the tools necessary to appreciate literature critically by reviewing literary history and examining different genres. Themes and conventions associated with these genres are explored and an understanding of literary analysis and various critical approaches is developed. For creative writing students, a framework in which to appreciate and evaluate their own writing is provided.

ENL0011 Writing Grammatically

Students learn the rules of English grammar in a comprehensive, easy-to-follow manner. Starting with a review of sentence parts, students move to an in-depth explanation of sentence structuring and culminate in a practical review of stylistic conventions in business writing.

ENL0012 Essentials of Writing Fiction

Core elements needed for creative writing are covered. Students gain an understanding of the process of creative writing including theme, setting, plotting, characterization, and the use of dialogue, enabling them to successfully discover their writer's voice and build confidence in their writing abilities.

ENL0014 Writing Short Stories

This is an introductory course for the aspiring story writer who focuses on the particularities of this literary genre. Character development, narrative unity, and plot construction are explored by analyzing selected short stories and participating in writing exercises. Students follow a step-by-step approach to producing a story suitable for publication. The process of submission for publication, as well as the various opportunities for publication are examined.

ENL5029 Romance Writing

Students explore the art and craft of writing for the growing romance fiction market. Through lectures, examples and research, students develop their skills in creating engrossing plots and settings, and engaging characters, as well as researching the growing and changing market for romance-oriented fiction.

ENL0006 Poetry Writing

Students develop the skills necessary for the creation, development and marketing of publishable poems.