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Literary Writing

Available at: Online part-time


The Literary Writing Certificate is for anyone who wants to explore his or her potential as a writer in a practical, constructive, and goal-oriented academic environment. You will begin the course by reviewing the basics of writing: the structure of language, major concepts in aesthetic criticism, and managing the writing process itself. While reviewing the basics, you will have an opportunity to read examples of different genres and discuss these with classmates with a view to developing a well-rounded appreciation of quality in creative writing. In the second half of the certificate you will concentrate on developing your writing style by producing works suitable for publication in your choice of genre. Once you have completed the certificate, you should have confidence in the merits of your completed and critically appraised writing projects and possess the skills needed to continue producing your best writing.

To successfully complete this program, participants must complete three (3) compulsory courses and two (2) electives.


  • For your convenience, some online courses can be started at different times throughout the semester, just choose the course date that fits your schedule.
  • The demand for part-time courses has increased to the point that we recommend you register early to ensure your acceptance into the course.
  • Online courses are easily identified by CS at the beginning of the course code (i.e. CSSE 65 Accounting Basics 1)
  • Textbooks and additional materials may be required for these courses. YOU are responsible for purchasing your textbooks and any additional materials for all courses. Please make a note of your course code (CS##) and see the bottom of this page for book order procedure.
Visit the Online and Continuing Education catalogue for course details and to register.



Graduates from the program may find employment opportunities  in Short Story Writing; as an online contributor; and proofreading and editing.

Program Name

Literary Writing

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Location (Campus)

Online part-time

Canadian Fees

International Fees

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline

Required courses
CSAL 80 Understanding Literature
CSAL 78 Writing Grammatically
CSAL 79 Essentials of Writing Fiction

Electives (Choose 2)
CSNC 44 Poetry Writing
CSMO 133 Romance Writing
CSAL 128 Writing Short Stories

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Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


    It astonishes me that 4 years ago, I picked up my life and moved from Manitoba to Ontario to pursue Music Theatre. Once I was finishing my first year in Ontario, I had no idea where I'd end up... No idea I'd spend the next 3 years in a small town with one Starbucks. And thank god I did. St. Lawrence College's music theatre program welcomed me in with open arms. I'll never forget waking up to my acceptance e-mail and thinking: They believe in me. This place and these people have not made me who I am... They've made me figure out who I am. They gave growth to the woman that I've always been, deep down. My faculty supported every crazy idea I had. Even though this was a Music Theatre "Performance" program, they helped me realize that I can do so much more than just perform. They've helped me be a theatre person, with many hats. Their constant advice, generosity and enthusiasm made me realize my true value in this industry. For that, I can't thank them enough. I will spend the rest of my career thanking them. Then there's the students. My classmates (alumni included), my friends, my SLC family. There is no place like SLC, and there is no family like the one that we've created for ourselves. MuTh is forever. I will not forget the ways that you all have impacted me. At Old Faces, our faculty honoured me with the Leadership Award, for which I am very humbled. A leader is nothing without people who believe in and support their ideas. Thank you to the entire SLC family for always supporting and trusting me.

    Susan Waycik

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