Creative writing is an important part of the English Program, and has much to offer aspiring writers both inside and outside the classroom.
We regularly offer three undergraduate courses in creative writing (Engl 2013, 3083 and 3093), as well as the Theory of Editing course, Engl 2153. We also offer a course in Playwriting (Thea 3133). Engl 2013 and 2513 are open to any student who has completed Engl 1406 (1413/1423) with a C- or better. For Engl 3083 and 3093, the student must submit a portfolio of work to Dr. Wanda Campbell, the instructor, for assessment.
Honours Students may choose to write a Creative Writing Thesis, a chapbook length manuscript of fiction, poetry, drama, or mixed genre under the guidance of a published author. This is a unique opportunity to hone one's skills, produce material for potential publication, or prepare to study Creative Writing at the Master's level.
estuary and Voice4:
In addition, each year student editorial board members and the student editor solicit submissions for estuary, Acadia's creative arts magazine and the department newsletter, Voice 4, and select work for both on line and print editions. This year was the 10th anniversary of estuary which was celebrated by a reading and reception in the university Art Gallery.
If you are interested in playwriting, you may want to write for the Acadia Theatre Company's annual Minifest. For more details, go to Minifest on the Theatre website.
Local Writing Community:
There is a lively writing community locally and the department and university host a variety of national and international writers to give public readings. There are also local creative writing groups which encourage student participation.
Creative Writing Coordinator:
If you have specific questions about Creative Writing at Acadia, please contact our Creative Writing Coordinator, Dr. Wanda Campbell.