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The Department of English offers a unique combination of creative writing and academic courses in a remarkably stimulating milieu for learning and growing as readers and writers.  Whether in an intimate workshop or a small classroom setting, students read literature of the English-speaking world from the past through to experimental and popular works of the present as a means to develop skills as insightful and resourceful readers or writers.

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The English Department places among the top 100 programs in the latest edition of QS World University Rankings   read more


Friday, 28 February 2014    12:30 pm     LB  646

A workshop on Honours programs in English and Creative Writing and applying for graduate school.

Profs. Patrick Leroux and Josip Novakovich will be participating in Thinking Out Loud: Concordia's 2014 coversation series



Andrew Szymanski (MA '12) - his book The Barista and I, received the Concordia University First Book Prize at the 2013 QWF Literary Awards.  read more

Anna Wasylenki (BA '03) goes from creative writing to reality television and is currently working for the Amazing Race Canada  read more

Gersande La Fleche, a creative writing major, is helping to teach young children how to code  read more

Clark Blaise receives an Honorary Doctorate

Teacher, literary-arts advocate and award-winning author Clark Blaise was a pivotal figure in the development of creative writing programs at Concordia University and across North America.

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2013 Irving Layton Award for Creative Writing

The 2013 Irving Layton Award for Creative Writing for poetry went to Emma Healey, BA (English lit. & creative writing) 13. Healey, who’s now working as a writer/editor in Toronto, says she began to write poetry in a first-year course at Concordia. In 2012, she published a book of poetry, Begin With the End in Mind (Arbeiter Ring Publishing).

Here is Healey’s award-winning work, selected poems from her Loan Suite.

Concordia Graduates shortlisted for QWF awards

Peter Dubé (MA 1996) nominated for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Connie Guzzo-McParland (MA 2007) and Andrew Szymanski (MA 2012) are both nominees for the Concordia First Book Prize.  To view the complete list you can click here


Creating video games with a social purpose

Jessica Marcotte, a graduate student in the MA program, was interviewed recently by the CBC regarding her work on a new video game     listen here

Gillian Savigny (MA 2009) - her book Notebook M, received the Gerald Lampert Award for Poetry from the League of Canadian Poets.  This prize recognizes the best first book published in Canada in a given year.  http://poets.ca/contests-awards/

Patrick Leroux's essay  “From langue to body — the quest for the ‘real’ in Québécois theatre”,  has been named one of two winners for the 2013 Richard Plant Prize awarded by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research.  This is an national award for the best article on theatre and the performing arts published in English.   read more

Concordia creative writing professor Josip Novakovich was one of 10 international writers nominated for the fifth Man Booker International Prize.



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