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Honors Specialization in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature

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Instructions for students entering first year:
Designate the Faculty of Arts and Humanities as your faculty of registration, and choose your first-year courses to meet the module 'Admission Requirements' set out below.

You will designate the module as your academic program during ITR (Intent to Register) which takes place in February and March in your first year, and submit your portfolio in April of your first year.

Portfolio Submission:
The focus of the Honors Specialization in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature is on creative and critical approaches to contemporary creative writing practices in a variety of literary genres such as poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, literary journalism, screenwriting, and playwriting. Academic essays will not be considered.  The adjudicators will be looking for writing that demonstrates an ability to communicate original creative ideas both technically and conceptually in relation to the genre in which the work is situated.

The work adjudicated for potential acceptance will be chosen on the basis of the originality of ideas, language, and voice; the range of writing ability and explorations; the depth and breadth of literary engagement; and the technical quality of the writing.

For the 2014-15 (submission April/May 2014) academic year, please send (from your Western University e-mail account) portfolios to The Department of English and Writing Studies/Writing at If you do not receive e-mail confirmation of receipt of your Portfolio within two working days, contact the Program office as soon as possible. Portfolios received beyond
9 May 2014 might not be considered.

Admission Requirements:
Completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must have an average of at least 70% in 3.0 principal courses, including Writing 1000F/G: The Writers’ Studio; and 2.0 additional courses including 1.0 course from English 1020E: Understanding Literature Today or 1022E: Enriched Introduction to English Literature or 1024E: Forms of Fiction: Introduction to Narrative or 1035E: Introduction to Literature: Reading, Interpretation, Argument or 1036E: Forms of Narrative: From Epic to Film or both of English 1027F/G: The Storyteller’s Art I and 1028F/G: The Storyteller’s Art II, or permission of the Department;  and 1.0 course from Classical Studies 1000: Classical Civilization, Comparative Literature and Culture 1020: From Homer to Picasso: Western Culture Across the Ages, Film 1020E: An Introduction to Film, French 1900E: French Language and Literature, Philosophy 1020: Introduction to Philosophy, Visual Arts History 1040: A History of Art and Visual Culture, Visual Arts Studio 1020: Foundations of Visual Arts, or Women’s Studies 1020E: Introduction to Women’s Studies; 0.5 additional course. A minimum mark of 70% in Writing 1000F/G is required, with no mark below 60% in the other principal courses; and submission of a portfolio.

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