About the program

This program will provide students with an opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge to enhance their success as a writer while at the same time becoming aware of requirements for getting work published. Students explore the processes of writing for publications and of editing to ensure accuracy. They learn how to submit manuscripts for publication. Students will also select from a variety of electives in order to develop their talents related to various genres of writing.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Identify the diversity of opportunities for publishing works.
  • Create plots, characters and themes that engage specific audiences.
  • Write in a broad range of styles appropriate to a variety of media.
  • Prepare polished manuscripts for submission to publishers
  • Recognize and correct common errors in grammar
  • Produce edited copy, demonstrating an understanding of effective writing
  • Describe the elements which distinguish literature from other text and those elements that constitute various genres of literature.
  • Discuss the background, history and diversity of choice and challenges in self-publishing and opportunities it presents for authors.
  • Identify key concepts in the promotion, sale and distribution of a book
  • Develop a basic marketing strategy for a book proposal/idea
  • Analyze fiction in terms of its literary elements
  • Explain drama in terms of its structure
  • Identify the main ideas behind important literary theories

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
Upcoming registrations

Mark your calendar with our registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Spring registration: Opens March 11, 2024
Fall registration: Opens July 22, 2024