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Bachelor of Creative and Professional Writing

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Program Code: CP411
Credential: Honours Degree
Program Length: 8 semesters
Start Dates: September

Program Overview

Do you love words? Do you dream of telling stories or helping others tell theirs? The Honours Bachelor of Creative and Professional Writing program helps you transform your passion for writing into a fulfilling career. As you develop creative writing skills that stimulate your imagination and storytelling abilities, you learn to write clearly and convincingly across evolving genres, platforms and venues. Practise your craft independently and collaboratively in a variety of settings from the traditional classroom experience to the creative writing workshop. In your final semester, benefit from one-on-one mentorship through our Capstone Manuscript course where you develop a book-length project with the guidance of an established author. 

Courses Learning Outcomes

Work Experience - SEM 6C

BCPW 3506: Work Placement


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Describe the influences at play in the evolving media and cultural context which affect the writer’s craft within contemporary markets and audiences.
  2. Identify key structures and characteristics in a variety of creative and professional works applicable to writing proficiency.
  3. Conduct primary and secondary research from credible sources to support authenticity and accuracy in creative and professional writing.
  4. Write creative and professional works suitable for publishing to a wide variety of audiences, publishers, platforms and industries using the full range of principles of rhetoric, syntax, grammar, style, and usage.
  5. Use a range of digital technologies and tools for visual communication and design appropriate to specified writing projects.
  6. Create works in creative and professional writing that convey the characteristic structures and formats used in a variety of genres and applications.
  7. Outline a variety of methods and structures for story development.
  8. Edit writing of self and others applying a range of editorial techniques to in order to meet publication standards.
  9. Collaborate interprofessionally with designers, publishers, editors, marketing and advertising professionals in order to undertake and complete projects in creative and professional writing.
  10. Analyze exemplary texts to distinguish effective modes and strategies for application to one’s own writing.
  11. Reflect on work completed in creative and professional writing projects to assess the extent to which one has achieved one’s goals and to apply lessons learned.
  12. Build a professional presence though development of a multimodal portfolio, demonstrating attributes of fluency, craft, technological competency, creativity, and entrepreneurship.


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Work Placement

Students will gain practical, hands-on experience in the industry by completing a mandatory work placement which takes place in summer semester between years 3 and 4. After completing a work placement preparation course, students will be supported in marketing themselves to prospective employers in order to find a work placement that aligns with their personal career goals.

 

The Humber Advantage

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To celebrate the recent launch of Humber College’s new Bachelor of Creative and Professional Writing (BCPW) program, we are hosting a Flash Fiction Contest that will publish five Ontario-based high school students in a special online supplement.

This contest will be judged by writers Kathy Friedman, Kim Fu and Meaghan Strimas. Five winners will be selected and prizes will be distributed as follows—the first-place winner will be awarded $750; second place, $500; third place, $350; fourth place, $250; and fifth place, $150. The winning stories will be published in Arrival, the BCPW’s online literary and arts magazine, which will officially launch in early 2023.

Ontario high school students, get the full contest guidelines and submit your best short, short stories. The deadline is March 31, 2023.

Teachers, if you would like Flash Fiction Teaching Resources, please email Meaghan strimas: meaghan.strimas@humber.ca

Expert Faculty

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You'll learn from a diverse and dynamic faculty of award-winning writers who are active in the fields of creative and professional writing. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on learning opportunities that will help you achieve the career you want. 

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Kathy Friedman

New to Humber College, Kathy Friedman has been teaching creative writing for nearly a decade in the University of Guelph’s Open Learning program, and through community organizations such as CAMH, The 519, NISA/Northern Institute for Social Action, Workman Arts, Progress Place, and the Toronto Public Library.

Kathy’s debut collection of short stories, All the Shining People (House of Anansi), was published in 2022. She has been a finalist for the Writers’ Trust Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers, and her work has appeared in publications such as Grain, Geist, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, Humber Literary Review, and Canadian Notes & Queries. She holds an MFA and a BFA in creative writing and is currently at work on a collection of essays about travel, music, and mental health. 

Kathy is also a freelance editor and the co-founder and artistic director of InkWell Workshops, which delivers free literary programming to people with mental health and addiction issues. She has published four literary anthologies with in-house imprint InkWell Books, and she edited a fifth InkWell anthology called Brilliance Is the Clothing I Wear (Dundurn Press, 2021).

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Meaghan Strimas

Meaghan Strimas is an award-winning educator, writer and editor who joined Humber as a faculty member in 2012. Before accepting her exciting role in the Bachelor of Creative and Professional Writing program, she served as the program co-ordinator for the college’s graduate certificate in Professional Writing & Communications.

Meaghan worked at Quill & Quire magazine for several years as a marketing manager and at the University of Guelph as the program administrator for its Creative Writing MFA. In addition to her work as a professor and co-ordinator, Meaghan works as a freelance proofreader, copy editor and project manager, and is interviews editor at the Humber Literary Review, a magazine she co-founded in 2014. She is co-lead of the HLR Spotlight project, an experiential learning opportunity that is funded by Humber’s Office of Research & Innovation.

Meaghan is the author of three collections of poetry and the editor of The Selected Gwendolyn MacEwen. Her most recent collection, Yes or Nope, was the winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. In the fall of 2018, she released the Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology, which she co-edited with the late Priscila Uppal. Meaghan is at work on a novel and a new collection of poetry, and she has an essay forthcoming in the anthology Good Mom on Paper (edited by Jen Sookfong Lee and Stacey May Fowles).

Meaghan holds a MA in Creative Writing. She believes that writing programs are essential because they cultivate confidence, teach technique and craft, offer mentorship and, perhaps most importantly, provide a space for artistic collaboration and community.

Study Abroad

We have a variety of international initiatives that students can explore for credit or work placement hours. These vary every year and offer cultural experiences for students who crave to be inspired by different surroundings and cultures.

Your Career

Students graduate as highly skilled, adaptable communicators equipped with in-demand knowledge and the creative, responsive mindset that today’s shifting employment landscape requires. The work placement between years three and four provides hands-on experience where students can further develop their industry connections, media literacy and written and verbal communication skills. Our program’s versatile curriculum also includes information design (graphic, photo, video), accessible communication strategies, research best practices and project management skills so that graduates are primed to be well-rounded team members/colleagues. The professional possibilities of the communications and writing fields are wide ranging and graduates are ideally positioned to embark on careers as:

  • brand and marketing assistants/managers
  • communications assistants/specialists
  • freelance writers/journalists
  • content marketers/creators
  • editorial, publicity and public-relations assistants
  • grant, proposal, report and ghost/speech writers
  • published authors/storytellers
  • social/digital media assistants/strategists

Moreover, those graduates who wish to undertake further study can progress to master’s level programs in creative writing, communications, media, humanities, English and related fields. 

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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September 2023 Lakeshore Open
Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2023 Lakeshore Open

Bachelor of Creative and Professional Writing at Humber College

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Ministry Consent

Humber College has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting June 21, 2021. Humber College shall ensure that all students admitted to this above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

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On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

General Enquiries

Call 416-675-3111 or email enquiry@humber.ca. If you have already applied, be sure to check your application status on myhumber.ca.

Domestic Applicants Enquiries

Domestic applicants can book a one-on-one advising appointment with an admissions representative.

International Applicants Enquiries

Contact the International Centre for information about full-time programs (including the International Graduate School), how to apply and to follow up on your submitted application.

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Meaghan Strimas, program co-ordinator 
416.675.6622 ext. 72034
meaghan.strimas@humber.ca

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How To Become An Apprentice

Becoming an Apprentice

Find an employer willing to sponsor you as an apprentice.

Contact the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development to register as an apprentice.

Work with your employer approximately one year before attending Humber.

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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

If you’re in high school – grade 11 or 12 – you can earn co-op education credits through work placements in some skilled trades.

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How to Apply

Domestic Students

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program.

To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber’s program pages, search by availability, or ontariocolleges.ca.

To see where you are in the admissions process, visit the Admissions Road Map.

International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Need Advice?

Program Advising Appointments

Get help narrowing down your program options or book a one-on-one pre-enrolment advising appointment with one of our Recruitment Officers.

Transfer & Pathway Advising

Book a virtual appointment with a Student Mobility Advisor learn more about getting Transfer Credit(s) for previous post-secondary experience, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), and Pathways options.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following three requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following: 

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses: 

     Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent 

    • Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above 
    • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent  

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    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy. 

     

    Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission 

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet all listed course requirements.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

International Academic Equivalency

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees & Financial Aid

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $7,215.24
  • international: $19,615.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Bursaries

Understand the costs associated with coming to Humber and explore resources available from first year to your final year on Student Fees and Financial Resources.

Scholarships

Humber Degree Scholarships

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to graduating high school students based on academic achievement. See this following chart for details. Some of the scholarships are renewable each year if you maintain an average of 80 per cent or more.

95%+ $4,000 renewable
90 - 94.9% $3,500 renewable
85 - 89.9% $3,000 renewable
80 - 84.9% $2,000 renewable
75 - 79.9% $1,500 one time

Degree Transfer Scholarships ($1,500 - $2,500)

Humber automatically awards degree transfer scholarships to students entering any Humber degree program who have completed a one-year Ontario college certificate* or a two- or three-year diploma with a GPA of 80 per cent or more from a publicly-funded college. Students who have achieved a program GPA of 80 per cent or more will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $1,500 for a certificate program or $2,500 for a diploma program in recognition of their academic achievement. Certificates and diplomas do not have to be related to the degree program of choice and are not tied to the eligibility for advanced standing or transfer credit. No application is required

80%+ Certificate | $1,500

One Time 80%+ Diploma | $2,500

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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