Your degree in Creative Writing

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Creative Writing, you’ll learn the craft and process of writing through workshops led by experienced, working writers that make up the faculty. You’ll develop important skills while writing in multiple genres.

These skills may include:

  • Creating original works such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, lyric and graphic forms, and translations
  • Using effective planning, time management, problem solving, and leadership skills on various creative projects
  • Working knowledge and application of the professional standards and expectations for your chosen genres
  • Researching, understanding, and assessing various types of creative works
  • Analyzing artistic works clearly and concisely
  • Adapting content to a variety of forms or mediums
  • Providing and receiving constructive feedback on opinions and works
  • Crafting and telling compelling and creative stories

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary across a range of fields including publishing, communications, marketing, public relations, social media, non-profit, government, tourism, education, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Arts administrator
  • Book publishing manager
  • Communications manager
  • Communications policy researcher
  • Community centre coordinator
  • Community organizer
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Festival/Event planner
  • Fiction/Non-fiction writer
  • Film/TV editor
  • Fundraiser/Grant writer
  • Human resources specialist
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Literacy program coordinator
  • Literary agent
  • Literary editor
  • Literary translator
  • Magazine editor
  • Market researcher
  • Marketing specialist
  • Media relations coordinator
  • News analyst
  • Non-profit administrator
  • Project manager
  • Public relations specialist
  • Recreation programs manager
  • Screen writer
  • Social media community manager
  • Social policy advisor/analyst
  • Special education assistant
  • Speech writer
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Technical writer
  • Tourism development officer
  • Travel writer
  • Web communications manager

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Creative Writing graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

From your Arts degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Arts degree.