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Creative Writing and Journalism (BA)

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,572

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Do you want to write for a living? In VIU’s Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Journalism program, learn the skills you need to become a master of words from professors who are published, award-winning authors, poets and journalists.

Experience small class sizes for a unique workshop format in many creative writing courses, and more one-on-one time with instructors at Vancouver Island University's journalism school.

Whether you want to work in the publishing, entertainment or journalism industries, this degree in Journalism and Creative Writing will sharpen your literary skills and introduce you to the realities of working as a professional writer

The Creative Writing and Journalism department offers introductory, intermediate and advanced-level courses in book publishing, dramatic writing (including writing for the stage and scriptwriting for radio, television and film), fiction, journalism, and poetry, leading to a B.A. with a Major or Minor in Creative Writing and a B.A. with a Minor in Journalism. Students have the opportunity to combine applied and creative writing skills with a background in all aspects of print and electronic publishing including editing, distribution, promotion, and production of print materials.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • Students must fulfill all the Institutional B.A. degree requirements, including Degree English

Years 1 and 2

Select a minimum of nine credits (three courses). Choose at least one course from three of the following five genres: 


  • Intro to Writing Journalism
  • Intermediate Journalism
  • Online Journalism
  • Introduction to Writing Creative Non-Fiction
  • Memoir Writing Workshop


  • Intro to Writing Poetry
  • Intermediate Poetry Workshop
  • Poetic Traditions


  • Intro to Writing Fiction
  • Writing Short Fiction Genre Fiction Workshop 


  • Introduction to Publishing


  • Intro to Writing Drama
  • Writing Short-Form Scripts for the Stage, Screen or Television
  • Writing Longer-Form Scripts for the Stage, Screen or Television 

Years 3 and 4

Creative Non-Fiction Workshop

  • Advanced Feature Writing
  • Researching for Creative Non-Fiction
  • Long-Form Non-Fiction
  • Online Magazine Production
  • Special Projects in Writing and Publishing
  • Advanced Workshop in Composition 


  • Advanced Poetry Workshop I
  • Long Form Poetry Workshop
  • Writing Poetry in a Variety of Forms)(Advanced Poetry Workshop II 


  • Advanced Short Fiction Workshop
  • Novel, Novella, and Story Sequence Workshop
  • Writing for Young Adults Workshop
  • Experimental and Speculative Fiction Workshop
  • Advanced Novel Workshop
  • Mystery Writing Workshop 


  • Professional Editing
  • Book Publishing
  • Online Magazine Production
  • Publishing Workshop I
  • Publishing Workshop II 
  • Special Projects in Writing and Publishing 


  • Advanced Screenwriting Workshop
  • Advanced Stage Play Writing Workshop
  • Writing for Television Workshop
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Script Development Workshop


  • Fees for One Year Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00 
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16 
  • Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90 
  • VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year 1,500.00 
  • Total 7,042.26

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