NIC Offers University-Level Literature Courses in Tofino and Ucluelet

Join NIC instructor Drew Burke for two first-year English courses in Tofino and Ucluelet this year. Drew shares his knowledge of great writing at the Ucluelet Centre and Darwin’s Café in Tofino in two university-level literature courses. Known locally for his work with SBC Surf, and as co-founder and editor of The Roundabout magazine and the online Tofino Collective, Drew shares his passion for ideas in stories, poetry, and drama. “Studying English allows us to indulge in our intellectual  curiosities as we come into thoughtful contact with gifted authors and truly great stories,” says Drew who has spent a few years behind the counter at Storm Surf Shop. “By engaging with our very rich and ever-evolving English literary tradition, we can better understand not only the world around us, but the many voices and experiences that give it life.”

Leave the university lecture hall behind and study literature across genres at the Ucluelet Centre, or in the discussion friendly setting at Darwin’s Café.

Classes run Tuesday and Thursday evenings, starting at 7 pm to allow you to work, surf, or hike during the day and study great writing in the evening.

Course descriptions include:
English 120
NIC Ucluelet Centre
Delve into the art of the short story and novel, as you focus on writers and their craft. You’ll discuss the authors and ideas of the past 100 years as you learn to research and write critical essays in this first-year course. Transfers to UVic, UBC, SFU, and more.
Feb. 4 – Apr. 26, 7 – 9 pm, $265 approx. + books/supplies.

English 121
Darwin’s Café
Immerse yourself the style and themes of a range of gifted poets and playwrights at Darwin’s Café. Learn to critique and write about poetry and drama in this first-year course.
Transfers to UVic, UBC, SFU, and more.
May 2 – June 20, 7 – 10 pm, $265 approx. + books/supplies.

NIC’s Ucluelet Centre also offers a variety of tuition-free upgrading, English, Math, and science courses through in-class and distance learning. Whether you want to take one class or start your degree, you’ll find a wide range of courses – from Canadian history to space science – available at NIC.

Apply online at or contact the Ucluelet Centre directly at 250-726-2697. For more information on courses and programs on the West Coast, visit