Writing courses

Writing courses

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Creative writing is creating characters, plots, themes and settings in fictional works from novels to poetry. Scriptwriting (also known as screenwriting) is creating your story in the screenplay format, including actions, dialogue and settings.

Hone your craft with our three courses taught by established writers. Whether you’re exploring creative writing or looking to amp up your screenplay, you’ll gain skills in the conventions of narrative craft and character development. Create a basis for future work and learn how to market and get your work published in these standalone courses.

In our introductory course, discover how to successfully use plot, voice, theme, setting and characterization. You will gain valuable feedback on your writing from your instructor and peers. Take part in weekly online discussion threads about the writing process and how we tell our stories.

In our Level 2 course, build skills in creating compelling characters, settings and plots. Explore the freefall approach to writing and fine tune your editing skills. Delve into the writing process through collaborative discussions with your peers.

Learn the fundamentals of scriptwriting — including dramatic conflict, scene structure, dialogue and film format — from an instructor with extensive industry experience. Gain an understanding of the key principles of screenwriting and of the screenplay format and how to effectively employ them in your work.

Benefits

  • Develop your personal or professional skills  
  • Learn from experienced industry professionals
  • Complete through online delivery, open to anyone, anywhere

 

Program format

Format: Classroom, Online | Learn more

Duration: Textbook required for Creative Writing level 1. Visit the Cougars Campus Store and search by Term and Department (XCRW).


 

Online learning

We offer a variety of online learning options. Visit our learning formats page for more information.

Creative Writing, Level 1
Discover how to successfully use plot, voice, theme, setting and characterization. Gain valuable feedback on your writing from your instructor and by participating in peer review. Take part in weekly online discussion threads about the writing process and how we tell our stories. Discuss excerpts from a selection of successfully published works in various genres to draw upon and develop your own writing.

Note : This instructor-facilitated online course begins and ends on set dates with specific deadlines for assignments. Courses may include optional live video-conferencing sessions.

Subject (for registration): Creative Writing

Subject code: XCRW 10005 20 Hours. Fee $279
CRN 90003 Online Oct. 3 - Nov. 28

Creative Writing, Level 2
Gain skills and techniques to create compelling characters, settings and plots, and discuss how to market your writing. Explore the freefall approach to writing. You will also gain valuable feedback on your writing from the instructor and by participating in peer-review. Hone your editing skills based on feedback and take part in weekly online discussions threads aimed at encouraging dialogue on the writing process.
Recommend: Creative Writing Level 1 or equivalent

Note : This instructor-facilitated online course begins and ends on set dates with specific deadlines for assignments. Courses may include optional live video-conferencing sessions.

Subject (for registration): Creative Writing

Subject code: XCRW 10007 20 Hours. Fee: $279 Not offered this semester

 

Fundamentals of Scriptwriting
Dreamed of writing for film, TV or theatre? Learn about dramatic conflict, scene structure, dialogue and format - especially film format. Previous writing experience is not required.
Instructor: Daniel Libman: 50+ professional stage productions throughout North America; screenwriter of "Burned".

Subject (for registration): Creative Writing

Subject code: XCRW 10003 20 Hours. Fee: $279+GST
CRN 90718 8 classes Oct. 24 - Dec. 12 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Mon.
Vivian Hansen MFA
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Vivian Hansen has published in many Canadian journals, in genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her work includes A Bitter Mood of Clouds, and A Tincture of Sunlight (Frontenac House 2017). Other work includes Angel Alley - the victims of Jack the Ripper, and Leylines of My Flesh (Touchwood 2002). She is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, and The Writers Guild of Alberta. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
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Daniel Libman has had close to 50 play productions across Canada, including - in Alberta - the Citadel Theatre, Workshop West, Chinook, ATP, Lunchbox, and Quest. He's also been produced in L.A., Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and New York. His play Cecil & CleopaYtra has been optioned for a commercial run Off-Broadway. An actor in film & TV, Daniel also coordinates and teaches at Quest Theatre School.
Kiera Polzin  Creative Writing instructor Kiera Polzin Kiera has an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University, with a Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching of Writing, and completed her BA (Hon.) in English and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.  Kiera doesn’t drink wine but lives in wine country, Kelowna, British Columbia, with her husband, Jake, and their cat and dog.  Her short story work was awarded third prize in the  2 009 Okanagan Short Story contest, and in 2017 she published her first young adult speculative fiction novel, The Hematite Horses .   Working from home with more time to write, she has completed her fourth novel, The Other Grace ,  a work of dystopian and speculative fiction.  She can be found at  navigatorseries.wordpress. com .

Contact us

For information about these courses:
cehealth@mtroyal.ca
403.440.6867 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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