The Craft of Writing

This course acts as a companion to the craft conversations that are ongoing in your workshop group. Working alongside program mentors, you’ll learn about the ways they see form and genre operating in their own writing, and in the writing of others that inspire them. You’ll also write and workshop in a new genre, and learn to give an effective public reading. Throughout your writing career, each project you embark on will require new approaches to craft. This course presents our mentors’ current approaches as a starting place for further discussion and exploration.


Location: Online or Vancouver
Available only to students enrolled in:
The Writer's Studio

What you will learn

After completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:

  • Investigate the way form and genre influence a piece of writing
  • Analyze the habitual forms in which you work
  • Employ a variety of strategies to either strengthen or disrupt a form
  • Apply techniques inherent to particular genres of writing to strengthen your craft
  • Write in new forms and genres
  • Give an effective public reading

How you will learn and be evaluated

  • Reading online modules
  • Participating in discussions
  • Completing assignments
  • Attending live lectures
  • Participating in a workshop
  • Participating in the production of an annual anthology

You will be evaluated using a Pass/Fail grading scale.

Learning Materials

No textbook is required. We will provide all course materials online.

Technical Requirements

For online courses, you will need a computer with audio and microphone that is connected to the internet. Canvas is the online system that will be used for the course. For more information and online support, visit Online Learning.