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.

By examining culture through the lens of literature, you will learn to critically and creatively engage in our world. 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 developing your own writing voice and compositions, 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 world views.

Degrees

Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Minor
Concentration

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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
  • Writing and editing
  • Law
  • Librarianship
  • Public relations
  • Political advisers
  • Speech pathology
  • Research

If graduates are interested in teaching English, Teaching English as a Second Language certificate (TESL) is available at TWU. With a one-year completion, TESL at TWU offers a globally recognized program that will prepare student to teach English in Canada or abroad.

Faculty Profiles

David Anonby, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English

Connie T. Braun

Part Time Professor of English and Creative Writing

Vic Cavalli, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English

Jennifer Doede, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English

Deane E. D. Downey, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus in English and Interdisciplinary Studies

Lydia Forssander-Song, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English

Monika Hilder, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Holly Faith Nelson

Holly Faith Nelson, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of English; Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute

Sara Pearson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English; Coordinator of First-Year English

Peter Stiles, Ph.D

Adjunct Professor

Lynn Szabo, M.A.

Professor Emerita in English

Jens Zimmermann, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Former Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture