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  • Learn how to express yourself in evocative, unexpected ways.

  • Build a diverse skillset that will open doors to new career paths.

  • Study with writers who love to write and publish.

Program At-A-Glance

Length of Study: 
Two Years
Accreditation: 
Liberal Arts and Science Diploma
Campus: 
Castlegar

In the News

Selkirk College brings A Stone’s Throw Writing Symposium to Nelson

Selkirk College and Spokane’s Eastern Washington University (EWU) are uniting writers of the regions in an upcoming symposium taking place in Nelson. A Stone’s Throw Writing Symposium invites local writers to sign up for workshops lead by EWU Creative Writing Masters of Fine Arts students taking place on November 4.

Getting the right start at Selkirk College is exactly what Haley Seven Deers accomplished over the last two years in the School of University Arts & Sciences where she arrived as a 16-year-old who was homeschooled. In September, the young scholar will move to Kelowna where she will have the opportunity to complete her undergraduate degree with help from a $20,000 entrance scholarship.

Getting the right start at Selkirk College is exactly what Haley Seven Deers accomplished over the last two years in the School of University Arts & Sciences where she arrived as a 16-year-old who was homeschooled. In September, the young scholar will move to Kelowna where she will have the opportunity to complete her undergraduate degree with help from a $20,000 entrance scholarship.

Selkirk College Students Collaborate on Black Bear Review Print Edition

Selkirk College students have collaborated on a print magazine – Black Bear Review, which showcases the unique creative talents of story tellers and illustrators who are part of the campus community. Created by Creative Writing and Digital Arts & New Media students, Selkirk College students were invited to submit their original words for inclusion in the second issue of the magazine.

Selkirk College is providing emerging and established writers an opportunity to release their creative energy with a pair of exciting offerings in Nelson starting in September.

Building off the great success of last year's Creative Writing offerings in Nelson last year, Selkirk College is once again providing a tremendous opportunity for creative minds to get to work on putting their words onto paper. Two inspiring courses start in September and are open to full-time students, part-time students and community learners.

What Students Say

The program introduced me to many different genres of writing, and I was encouraged to explore my passions and discover my strengths as a writer. I am now a graduated student, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. Without my prior learning experiences from Selkirk College, this would never have been attainable...
- Nathan Smith, Selkirk College Univeristy Arts Grad 2010
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I found the course to be exhilarating, to the point where I was excited to get up at 6 am to write before I went to my full time job. Almeda is an excellent instructor who loves what she does and shares that passion with her students. I am so happy I took the class, not one year, but two.
- Pat Henman, Creative Writing and Ecopoetics 2011
Roz Nay
The writing course at Selkirk rescued me.  I joined it when I was awash with new motherhood, and from it I rediscovered my love of writing, going on to complete a first novel as a direct result of the teaching.
Roz Nay, author of Our Little Secret,Winner of the 2017 Douglas Kennedy Prize for Best Foreign Thriller
Ryan Sesto
This group setting really sold the class for me. Being able to compare your writing with your classmates is an experience you cannot find in any other setting. You are given the power to express your own original ideas and see the value of your writing through many perspectives.
Ryan Sesto, Alumnus
My time in the writing program at Selkirk with Almeda Glenn Miller prepared me with the skills to gain admittance to and succeed in the creative writing program at the University of Victoria.
- Celina Silva, Creative Writing and Ecopoetics 2011
Attending Almeda's class will make you a better person.  She will forever have my admiration and respect.
- Chance Ingram, Creative Writing 2010
I took CWRT 100 with Leesa Dean and it was one of the best and most influential courses I have taken. Leesa has an incredible knowledge of the subject matter and her passion is infectious. One of my favourite aspects - and where she went beyond just being a great instructor - was that she showed us what a writing community could look like and invited us in. I've never felt such empowerment to be an artist.
Fletcher FitzGibbon - runner up in KMC magazine's 20016 Fiction Contest, receipt recipient of a CKCA grant to write a novel
Mariana Caxambu
The course helped me to write in an innovative way, and it also provided a solid basis for me to think and analyze different types of texts more critically.
Mariana Caxambu, Selkirk College alumna
Elizabeth Cunningham
I highly recommend Leesa’s creative writing course at Selkirk College to writers at all levels of their development, looking for inspiration and support in the ongoing challenge of learning to be an innovative, thought-provoking, and effective writer.
Elizabeth Cunningham, Creative Writing 2016-2017, poetry collection forthcoming with Ekstasis Editions
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The small group workshops were incredibly beneficial to my own writing, and most importantly they taught me how to read other people's writing critically and objectively, and how to give and receive feedback in a constructive way.
- Rose Morris, Selkirk College Univeristy Arts Grad 2010
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We had been stretched as writers and learned to care deeply about one another in the process. Learning doesn't get much better than that.
- Robin Higgins, Creative Writing and Ecopoetics 2011