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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 Diploma
Campus: 
Castlegar

In the News

Selkirk College Fosters Creative Writing with Student Symposium

Love of literature united writers from both sides of the border as Eastern Washington University’s (EWU) graduate students recently returned to Selkirk College for the third annual A Stone’s Throw Writing Symposium.

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.

What Students Say

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
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
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
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