English & Creative Writing

At BU’s Department of English & Creative Writing you can study of English literature  in a small, friendly environment.  Study works ranging from Aeschylus’s Agamemnon, Shakespeare’s King Lear, and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, to Miriam Toews’s A Complicated Kindness and Gary Schteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story.  English at BU boasts close contact with faculty; the inclusion, unusual for an English department, of classical literature; and the opportunity to take courses in creative writing and journalism.

New Course Announcement!

30:56 Intermediate Workshop in Creative Writing: Writing What You Know to Access What You Don’t: Craft as Imagination in the Short Story

The course will be taught in Fall 2019 by Dave Wilson, author of Once you Break a Knuckle and Ballistics. You can learn more about Wilson and his work here.

Please note that the registration guide lists this course as falling in Slot 14. That is an error; the course will be taught in Slot 12.

The Best Argument for Studying English? The Employment Numbers

Employers consistently rate oral and written communication skills as a top job requirement.  The 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the U.S. found that student reading levels were higher the more frequently they discussed interpretations of what they read.

IMG_1541Programs of Study

4-year Honours Major
4-year Major
3-year Major
3-year Minor
4-year Minor in Creative Writing
Students who have completed Creative Theses
3-year Minor in Creative Writing

(For more information, please see the most current course calendar).

English students may also be interested in our new BA in Creative Arts degree. For full details see our Creative Arts brochure and website or contact the Dean of Arts Office at 727-9780 or email murray@brandonu.ca.

Questions about the English program may be directed to Dr. Barbara Rose:

Questions about the Creative Writing program may be directed to Prof. Dale Lakevold: Lakevold@Brandonu.ca

English and Creative Writing Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brandon University events have been cancelled or postponed. Events will resume when we are able to safely host them.