Communicating is about putting ideas together to create meaning, whether it's telling stories through data, images or prose, crafting a poem, song or blog post, or simply inviting a friend to meet for dinner.

Clear, meaningful and creative writing can lead to better grades, improved business results and more opportunities to engage your readers.

We offer in-class and online academic, creative and professional writing courses and programs year-round for adults and high school students. 

Courses and Programs


Course Name
Business Writing Essentials (AW679)   
Copyediting and Proofreading: Introduction (AW686)   
Copywriting: Introduction (AW593)  
Creative Non-Fiction: Introduction (AW595)  
Creative Writing: Introduction (AW601)  
Fantasy Fiction (AW854)   
Fiction: Crafting Dialogue (AW670)   
Fiction: Examining and Using Story Structure (AW698)   
Film Writing: Introduction (AW508)  
Food and Travel Writing (AW547)   
Freelance Writing: Advanced (AW573)   
Freelance Writing: Interviewing (AW813)   
Freelance Writing: Introduction (AW518)  
Introduction to Business Writing (AW589)   
Novel: Introduction (AW577)   
Persuasive Business Writing (AW811)   
Plain Language Writing (AW684)   
Preparing Presentations (AW656)  
Report and Business Writing (AW504)  
Scientific Writing (AW109)   
Short Fiction: Introduction (AW555)   
Strategic Conversations and Meetings (AW657)   
Summer Institute: Writing Memoir (SI627)   
Television Show Creation (AW815)   
Television Writing Basics (AW814)   
The Working Game Writer (AW855)   
Video Game Narrative (AW850)   
Visual Storytelling (AW853)   
World Building (AW852)   
Writing 098: Preparation for University Writing and the LPI (AW098)   
Writing 099: Advanced Composition (AW099)   
Writing Dialogue for Games (AW851)   
Writing for Content Marketing (AW808)   
Writing for Engineers in the Workplace (AW647)   
Writing for Graduate Students (AW107)  
Writing Under Pressure (AW666)   
Writing Well: Grammar (AW105)  
Writing Well: Style (AW106)  
Writing Your Blog (AW635)   
Writing Your Non-Fiction Book (AW531)   


Creative Writing

UBC Award of Achievement Program
The UBC Award of Achievement in Creative Writing teaches you creative writing and narrative theory and gives you the chance to explore various genres of creative writing while honing your skills for publication or creating a portfolio for applying to an MFA program. LEARN MORE

Game Writing Academy

Develop your writing for interactive media and the game industry with this focused, hands-on, 100% online academy. Get an insider's view into the gaming studio system not found in other programs. Learn the writing and production processes used in game creation from an industry veteran, and understand the writerÂ’s role on a game development team. LEARN MORE

Professional Communication

UBC Certificate Program
The UBC Certificate in Professional Communication provides you with a toolkit of writing skills and strategies to help you communicate more effectively. LEARN MORE