VIC350Y1 - Creative Writing Application

The deadline for VIC350Y1 applications has passed. No further applications are being accepted at this time.

Please complete the following application to be considered for enrolment in VIC350Y1 - Creative Writing. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2017. No late applications will be accepted.

Course Description:

Reading a lot may be helpful for a young writer but it’s not a replacement for the real thing, for the act of writing. So, we will not load you down with a ton of reading – I think that's a waste of the limited time we have together. But I will demand instead a rigorous output of prose. Regardless of what literary era you find yourself in, the trick to good writing is a good story. Pretty sentences strung together like Christmas lights won’t cut it on their own. Eventually the reader can smell a rat. A story must compel you to ask: "And then what happened?" We are going to write stories of a realistic nature, stories that don't necessarily have to have happened, but must be able to have happened. (If you are a lover of fantasy or sci-fi or magic realism,this class is not for you.) 

We are going to write and cut and rewrite and cut and rewrite some more. Do you get the picture? 2,000 words a week, week in,week out, 40, 000 words at year's end -- until the act of writing becomes an automatic reflex rather like that of an athlete going to the gym daily, even in the off season. I want to get you published. Remember this please: good writing involves the darkening of hundreds and hundreds of pages, usually badly, until you write a good one. Then you’re on your way. This is a serious course; tourists not invited. If in doubt about just how serious, try and talk to someone who has taken either my courses before. 

Exclusion: VIC280H1
Distribution Requirement Status: This is a Humanities course
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

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VIC350Y1 - Creative Writing Application

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First Name:
Last Name:
UofT Email Address:
Programs of Study:
Tell us about your creative writing experience, and why you would like to take this class: (max of 1500 characters including spaces)
Please attach ONE sample of your prose fiction writing (max 2 pages)
*** Please ensure that your writing sample document contains your full name and student number. ***

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