English - Writing is a Bachelor of Arts degree within the English Department. It is offered as an honours major, a major, and as a minor.

Read the works of accomplished writers from the past and present and master your skills in expository writing, creative writing and more. Learn to write in a wide range of genres from accomplished, published writers and gain a deeper sense of the writer’s vocation in the contemporary world Develop the ability to critique your own work and mature as a writer, acquiring  the communication and comprehension skills that today’s employers value.

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Participate in off-campus study program and study abroad for a semester through the Crandall-Oxford Program in England.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Attend readings and performances at venues such as the Hamilton Poetry Centre, Eden Mills Festival and the Stratford and Shaw Festivals.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Keen writers can gain valuable experience with Redeemer’s student paper, The Crown, and Redeemer’s creative writing publication, Quest.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. John Van Rys Professor of English

With an MA from Western University and a PhD from Dalhousie University, Van Rys works in two scholarly areas: Modern Canadian Literature and writ...

Student Story

Brent van Staalduinen
English student ‘01


Brent van Staalduinen
English student ‘01

" In writing, there are no rules that can’t be broken, aside from the following: to be a writer, you have to write; to be an effective writer, you have to write—and rewrite—a lot. My Redeemer experience introduced me to this reality and taught me to embrace the discipline that striving for excellence demands. I was also encouraged to share my work with peers and instructors in a supportive and encouraging environment. This support is essential, I believe, to the developing writer: it is another inescapable truth of the writing life is that when with an open and receptive mind we share our work with others, we will get better. The lessons and encouragement I received at Redeemer continue to reverberate through my life as a working writer and instructor of creative writing—I can’t imagine a better foundation for my craft. "


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Graduate Programs

  • BEd
  • MA in English Literature
  • MA in Journalism
  • MFA in Creative Writing
  • MFA in Script and Screenwriting
  • MLIS in Library Science
  • PhD in English

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