Learning to Write

Selkirk College’s creative writing department is a huge supporter and contributor to the Black Bear Review. Over the past two years, our editorial committee has had the privilege of reading and publishing the work of many Selkirk College students.

If you have an interest in writing, publishing, or even enhancing your day-to-day communication skills, the Black Bear Review can’t recommend Selkirk College’s Creative Writing program enough.

This program is designed to immerse students in the creative process and help writers find their voice. Students gain essential skills such as critical reading, concise writing, and knowledge of the revision process. Through lectures and readings, this course aims to teach the workshop process, essential story fundamentals, and how to turn an idea into a captivating piece of writing.

Alive and active in Castlegar and Nelson, Creative Writing 101 is accepting new students for the January semester. Whether freshly graduated or newly retired, a student or community member, everyone is welcome to join these classes and take the first step to build their writing career or strengthen an already developed skill.

Come January, make it your New Year’s resolution to join Renée Jackson-Harper in Nelson on Thursdays from 6:00-9:00 or Almeda Glenn Miller in Castlegar on Fridays and Thursdays from 11:00 to 12:20 for Creative Writing 101.

Those interested in signing up for any of the creative writing classes Selkirk offers can contact Renée (rjacksonharper@selkirk.ca) or Almeda (amiller@selkirk.ca) directly with questions and can contact Rachel Walker, at Selkirk College Admissions at 250.365.1233 to register.


As a student of Selkirk College and managing editor for the Black Bear Review, I have had the privilege of working side by side both classmates and teachers in a writing environment. Although originally hesitant to the idea of college, with mentorship from members of the Creative Writing faculty I have found my passion for writing reignited. The small class sizes Selkirk College offers creates a collaborative atmosphere and allows for a writing community to emerge. Selkirk’s creative writing program has not only enhanced my personal writing skills but has also helped me build lasting connections among peers and Kootenay authors. 

-Paige Harwood

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