All of our readings are free and open to the public. Master Classes are reserved for students of our Creative Writing program.
Concordia University has been offering creative writing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 25 years, and has become a training ground for several generations of Canadian writers.
The success of the program is largely due to the unique community of practicing writers of which the student becomes an active member. It includes a permanent faculty of poets, playwrights, and fiction writers with national and international reputations; a dedicated and highly qualified staff of part-time instructors; and readings, master classes, panels, and professional development sessions by distinguished writers, through the Writers Read at Concordia series.
The focus of our creative writing program is on the interchange between reading and writing. Literature courses form a significant portion of the curriculum, and introductory creative writing courses emphasize reading published writing in the genre in question, with a view to technical development.
The program has evolved over the years, adding new areas of specialization and expanding others. Thus we now offer (in addition to courses in writing poetry, fiction, and drama) advanced courses in scriptwriting and editing & publishing, as well as occasional courses in specialized subjects and forms, such as creative non-fiction, cross-genre writing, the long poem, the prose poem, and the novel and novella.
For more information and to apply to our undergraduate and graduate programs please see our main page.