Why English and Creative Writing?

They enable you to develop with confidence your own creative and expository voice.

Why English and Creative Writing?

They enable you to develop with confidence your own creative and expository voice.

As part of our Department of English and Creative Writing, you will creatively engage with past and present literary cultural achievements to better understand yourself and your own culture.

Develop confidence in your own creative and expository voice.

As part of our Department of English and Creative Writing, you will creatively encounter past and present literary cultural achievements to understand more deeply your self and the world around you.

Studying English literature and creative writing at Trinity prepares you for the complexities of life, sharpens your perspectives, and develops your ability to think and communicate with clarity, eloquence, and creativity. By engaging with authors and texts that have stood the test of time and by developing your own voice through writing, you will learn to navigate the intersecting stories that make up our world with both wisdom and compassion.

OUR ENGLISH DEPARTMENT OFFERS:

  • A major in English, leading to a BA (Honours) degree
  • A major in English, leading to a BA degree
  • A concentration
  • A minor
  • A creative writing stream

ALUMNI PERSPECTIVE:

“Taking a degree in English at TWU was one of the most significant career choices I’ve made. The critical thinking and writing skills cultivated in my English courses are essential in a marketplace where strong communication is critical to job success. My degree not only taught me how to read and interpret texts, but how to read and interpret the world – and that’s a skill I can carry anywhere I go.”

JILLIAN SNYDER, 2008


SAMPLE COURSES

ENGL 208 • Introduction to Creative Writing

A seminar that focuses on imaginative writing techniques and developing a critical appreciation of the art of writing in its varied forms.

ENGL 392 • Fantasy Literature

Approaches to the genre of fantasy literature, including the study of early works (such as Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight) that shaped the imagination of creators of modern fantasy such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

ENGL 414 • Literature and Spirituality

Literature has been at the centre of the human story from its beginnings as recorded in ancient sacred texts to its current study as cultural narrative with transformative and transcendent possibilities for interpretation and creativity. This course explores literary themes integral to the pursuit of Christian spirituality, past and present.


AFTER GRADUATION

Graduates of our English program have pursued careers in fields such as teaching, professional writing, creative writing, editing, publishing, speech pathology, marketing, project management, and more. Some of these professions require additional training and degrees. The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities integrates graduate studies in English, history, and philosophy in order to analyze significant aspects of western culture in a global context, including those that are rooted in or impacted by Christian worldviews.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Minor
Concentration

Important Dates

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Internship in Ottawa

Students can take on an internship at the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa, allowing them to gain professional work experience with an NGO, political office, museum, newspaper, tribunal, embassy, and more.

Careers in English
English Professor teaching class

TWU’s English program prepares students for careers in:

  • Publishing
  • Broadcasting
  • Elementary and high school teaching
  • Higher education
  • Writing and editing
  • Law
  • Librarianship
  • Public relations
  • Political advising
  • Speech pathology
  • Research

Faculty Profiles

David Anonby, Ph.D.

Sessional Assistant Professor of English
Bubel, Katharine

Katharine Bubel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

Leah Cameron, M.A.

Part-time Instructor of English

Vic Cavalli, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English

Jennifer Doede, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English

Deane E. D. Downey, Ph.D.

RETIRED
Professor Emeritus of English and Interdisciplinary Studies

Lydia Forssander-Song, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English
First Year English Coordinator

Jamie Hall, B.A., M.A.

Sessional Instructor of English

Monika Hilder, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Jan Lermitte

Jan Lermitte, M.A.

Part-time Instructor of Leadership and English
Holly Faith Nelson

Holly Faith Nelson, Ph.D.

Professor of English
MAIH English Stream Coordinator
Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute

Sara Pearson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Chair, Department of English and Creative Writing

Lynn Szabo, M.A.

RETIRED
Professor Emerita in English

Laura Van Dyke, Ph.D.

Part-time Instructor of English