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.

Studying English and Creative Writing at TWU allows you to enter, engage with, and respond to the brilliant imaginations of some of the greatest writers of all time, lovers of the word who write literature to bear witness to the truth.

Your study of literature will allow you to travel through time and space, encountering the ideas, cultures, and experiences of writers from the medieval period to the present day.

You will read the works of writers from around the globe who have created exquisite art in their poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction writing. As you read, you will discover more about yourself, others, and the human condition. Reading literature will change you in unexpected ways.

Studying with the English and Creative Writing department at TWU also offers you the opportunity to develop your own creative writing skills, whether you want to learn how to write non-fiction, short stories, novels, poetry, plays, or songs. All English courses will help you to become a better writer: our professors are passionate about working with you one-on-one to develop your analytical, writing, and editing skills.

When you earn a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in English, you will read the classic writers of literature in English, such as John Milton, William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Margaret Atwood. You can also choose to experience writers such as C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and L.M. Montgomery in our popular courses on Fantasy Literature and Children's Literature.

In addition to an English major, concentration, or minor, the English and Creative Writing Department offers an Honours program for students of high academic standing who wish to study English and Creative Writing in greater depth. The Honours program also prepares students for pursuing a Master's degree at graduate school.

Graduates from our program have gone on to work as editors, teachers, professors, lawyers, creative writers, broadcasters, journalists, actors, screenwriters, political activists, speech therapists, missionaries, and experts in international relations.


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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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