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Concurrent Certificate in Creative Writing and Narrative Arts (CWNA)

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Department of English and Cultural Studies
Chester New Hall, Room 321, ext 24491

The Concurrent Certificate in Creative Writing and Narrative Arts (CWNA) is designed for students who wish to develop their creative writing skills through workshops, groups, public-facing community work, and individual projects. Students will also enrol in other English and Cultural Studies courses to ensure they gain exposure both to the creative practice, techniques, and possibilities to be found in a variety of genres and media, and to the perspectives and learning objectives of undergraduate study in English and Cultural Studies. In their final year of study, students will participate in a series of workshops, culminating in a creative writing capstone project.

Certificate Requirements

Any student in an undergraduate program at McMaster may declare the certificate at the time of graduation and upon completion of each of the following requirements:

  1. The student must be accepted by the Creative Writing and Narrative Arts (CWNA) Selection Committee. Enrolment in this Certificate is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The CWNA Selection Committee will consider supplemental applications soon after the end of Winter term of each academic year. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at McMaster University and have completed at least one of ENGLISH 2CW3 , 3CP3 , or 3CW3  and three units of any other English and Cultural Studies course. The CWNA Selection Committee’s selections will be made on the basis of the student’s cumulative grades and their supplemental application. (See Note 1 below.)
  2. The student must complete 18 units in accordance with the following requirements.


  1. Students must complete a supplemental application for admission, due at the time of program selection for the next academic year. This application includes a writing portfolio of 10 double-spaced pages of original creative writing in more than one genre. Supplemental applications will be available on the English and Cultural Studies website when the application period is open.
  2. Students not accepted in the CWNA Concurrent Certificate may take open Level 2 and Level 3 Creative Writing courses as electives, as space permits; please note that enrolment in ENGLISH 3CR3  and 4CC3  are restricted to students accepted to the Certificate and enrolment in ENGLISH 4FW3  is restricted to students in an English and Cultural Studies Honours or Combined Honours BA program.
  3. Any student wishing to also complete the Minor in English and Cultural Studies  should make note that no more than 6 units may be double-counted toward both the concurrent certificate and minor requirements.
  4. Note that acceptance by the Selection Committee is distinct from the successful declaration of the Certificate, and a student’s acceptance does not imply that the candidate has satisfied all Certificate requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that, at the time of graduation, all requirements of the Certificate have been fulfilled.


18 units total

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