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Storytelling for Organizations | Write and Deliver Effective Presentations and Briefs | Writing Well for Business
If you write or present regularly as part of your job, these courses are for you. Learn how to write informatively, concisely and precisely, deliver your message effectively and persuasively, and tap into the power of stories.
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Capturing Family Histories and Personal Stories | Food and Travel Writing | Freelance Writing: Interviewing | Freelance Writing: Introduction | Self-Publish, Brand and Market Your Book | Writing a Memoir: Selecting and Connecting Your Life Experiences
Do you want to launch a passion project, express your ideas, or explore your creative side? Do you work in a role that requires journalism skills, or would like to pursue a career in writing? These courses give you the skills and guidance to publish your work, whether for a magazine, website or a book. Learn how to interview subjects, captivate readers and share stories and perspectives.
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Copyediting and Proofreading | Copywriting | Web Content Strategy | Writing for Content Marketing | Writing for the Web and Digital Media
If you’re a marketing or communications professional, want to position yourself for a new role, or are considering freelance or contract writing, our copywriting, content writing and web writing courses offer indispensable skills found in a wide variety of job descriptions.
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Writing for Film, Television & Games
Develop an absolute command of the craft of storytelling, and a deep understanding of the world of film, television and games.
VFS’s signature programs and facilities are at the heart of a creative economy worth $3.4 billion in B.C. alone. From film production and 3D animation to game, digital, and VR/AR design, VFS is helping shape the entertainment and media industries’ transformation. In 2021, VFS alumni were credited on 8 of the 15 highest grossing films and on 5 of the 10 best-selling video games worldwide, in a global industry set to generate US$2.1 trillion in revenues in 2021.
Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful and sought-after professionals in the entire screenwriting industry. You will find our alumni working all over the globe, pushing boundaries, discovering new frontiers, winning all kinds of awards and honours, and leading today’s creative economy.
I attended VFS in 2010 and can't say enough good things about this program. The courses here helped me develop many of the skills and tools that are often overlooked when trying to break into screenwriting. Great teachers and community.
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Such an amazing school! The Writing for Film, Television & Games program is brilliant. Teachers are very supportive and course content is superb. Loved my time here!
Writer on Blood , Sex & Royalty and winner of the Best Long Running Series Award from the WGGB for River City
I attended looking for a way to get a firm grasp of the base principles of good storytelling in a variety of mediums, and was very satisfied with the results. I personally thrived in this highly structured and intensive program.
Narrative on The Necromancer's Tale and QA Specialist at DYSYS
I graduated from the Writing for Film, TV and Games program in 2022, and this school changed my life. I always knew what I wanted to do, but it was VFS that gave me the skills and confidence to do it. The staff are kind, friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to help out.
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VFS has been the greatest experience of my life. I not only developed an amazing creative skill to tell stories but I learned how to work as a team player with other incredible writers. My native language is Spanish, so I also developed a sense of confidence while writing and working in another language.
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A VFS Writing for Film, Television & Games Education
In 12 months you will graduate with:
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- A diverse portfolio of your work, designed to open doors
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- Industry connections that will help guide your career
Develop fundamental skills in visual storytelling, structure, character, format, and genre.
Commit to story and character development for your first feature screenplay.
Workshop the first drafts of your feature and TV scripts.
Specialize in film, TV or games writing, and begin work on your final project.
Electives include writing for comics, video games, and writing for commercials.
Complete drafts of your final feature film script or TV pilot for your final project, and polish it through intense workshopping.
In the final half of the year, students choose to focus one of the three specialized streams below for their final project.
Writing for Feature Films
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Write a one-page (maximum) synopsis. Provide the genre and use references to other movies, television shows or games to explain how you would write the project. Explain the concept, vision, or idea. In addition, provide a minimum of two and a maximum of four other creative writing samples in their original form (maximum 20 total pages). You’ll find information on how to send your work in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.
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While training at VFS, students are immersed in the Writing for Film, Television & Games industry, and spend a lot of hands-on time creating professional-quality work. And, nothing is a greater testament to the incomparable industry resources and career preparation that define VFS’s education model, than the top quality work our students produce. Here, a portfolio of outstanding work is just the beginning. Just take a look.
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VFS doesn’t just teach you about the industry, it IS the industry. With veteran instructors, mentors and an education Advisory Board recruited straight from the professional world, we are able to constantly update our award-winning curriculum to keep up with an ever-evolving industry. Plus, students also have lots of opportunities to connect and network with industry leaders during special workshop sessions, training presentations, and industry social events hosted by VFS.
Your year inside Writing for Film, Television & Games will put you in close contact with students in a host of other VFS programs, from actors and filmmakers to makeup artists and animators. This downtown campus features near round-the-clock access to computers, production space, and an extensive library of screenplays. You'll also be surrounded by the city's best cafes, restaurants, and cultural attractions – not to mention some of the leading film and television production studios.
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Study literature, literary criticism, and key aspects of the writing process – from crafting a scene, to pacing a story, working with imagery, and hooking a reader’s interest. The Creative Writing program will familiarize you with the practical aspects of writing, and include courses in poetry, short fiction, editing and publishing, and more.
This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
Why this program.
- Learn how to convey meaning through imagery, narrative, and drama in a variety of literary forms
- Share your work and engage in lively discussions with fellow writers and faculty at community events, readings, poetry slams, and workshops
- Be part of a close-knit learning community, with upper-year classes capped at 15 students
- Campus: Okanagan
- Length 4 yrs
- Co-op Yes You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
- Honours No You can study intense specialization in a single field.
The Creative Writing program on UBC’s Okanagan campus provides you with an opportunity to study literature and literary criticism, and to bring what you learn from these studies into your own work. Course options include poetry, creative non-fiction, short fiction, novels, playwriting, screenplay, writing with media, editing and publishing, and community learning. The program fosters a supportive community of faculty and peers in which you’ll find encouragement to explore new genres and writing forms.
You’ll be actively involved in writing projects, chapbook production, magazine editing, new media work, student anthology production, and community learning projects. You’ll also have the chance to build a varied body of work for your own portfolio – all while studying under a faculty of award-winning writers dedicated to helping you experiment and grow as a writer.
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As part of your coursework, you’ll have the opportunity to complete extensive manuscript production. You’ll also have the option of taking a directed studies course, where you can investigate a creative writing practice and complete a significant writing project. The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies offers $2,500 undergraduate research awards to support student research and creative activities over the summer months.
The Creative Writing program on UBC’s Okanagan campus organizes author readings throughout the academic year and runs an annual short story contest. A visiting writers series and Writer-in-Residence program provide additional opportunities to meet and learn from accomplished writers. You can also join the Creative Writing Course Union to connect with peers and share your work.
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The Creative Writing program on UBC's Okanagan campus is designed to build your range and confidence to the professional level, while familiarizing you with practical aspects of the writing life.
As a Creative Writing student, you’ll be actively involved in writing projects that are relevant to future careers in writing, including chapbook production, magazine editing, and more. As a program graduate, you can go on to pursue a career as an arts journalist, a web writer, a novelist, or a publisher.
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Do you always have a hard time expressing your imagination in words or does it take you hours to write even one line on a blank document? If your answer is “Yes” then fret! Most people are terrible at creative writing when they first try it, but this is one of those skills that can always be improved upon. In this article, we’re going to cover the top institutions offering creative writing courses in Vancouver to help you improve your writing.
So, What’s Creative Writing?
Before you apply to any institutions providing creative writing courses in Vancouver, you must understand what you’re getting into. Creative writing is the art of expressing your emotions, thoughts, and experiences to readers using words. A method of putting up words into action in a creative way, to make readers imagine a non-existing world, and feel it with all their senses.
It’s about setting up a stage in the mind of readers and making them lose track of real-world existence. Creative writing is in contrast to factual forms of writing. In creative writing, facts take a vivid form which means the same but is more descriptive and catchier.
Even more, you can start sensing those facts with your senses. Creative writers use metaphors, hyperbole, personification, and onomatopoeia to make their writing more appealing to the reader. As a human, we all inherited the art of storytelling. We use storytelling everywhere, whether we gossip, tell a lie, or even, while making excuses.
We all have that part of the brain that cooks up stories using imagination. But putting up that imagination into words could be a bit of a challenge. Using the right word at the right place is important, don’t forget about the structure and research techniques. Creative writing as a subject could help you cook up your imagination into a fine article, in an easy-to-digest form.
Therefore, this is a high-in-demand subject on a global level. And, if you want to become an expert, to convert your imagination into text, then you can select any of the creative writing courses in Vancouver listed below.
Various Types of Creative Writing
We tend to focus on fiction and literature when we discuss creative writing, but there are several other forms to consider. Most authors eventually gravitate toward one particular style (and/or genre) over others. For the most part, this is a positive thing since it allows you to hone your skills in a certain style or genre.
While practicing with one kind of writing is useful, it’s good to sometimes experiment with others as well. Trying out new forms and genres keeps your writing fresh and free of tired cliches. It’s a great opportunity to learn methods that may be outside of your comfort zone but can be applied to great effect in your work.
Note: Once you enroll in any of the creative writing courses in Vancouver, your assigned instructor will walk you through all the forms.
For Now, Let’s Have a Quick Glance at Some Varied Forms of Creative Writing:
Free Writing: Just start writing without worrying about what will come out. Give the odd words and pictures a chance to make it into the page. No limits! Free writing, often known as stream-of-consciousness writing and is the apex of creative writing.
Journal: A journal can be any kind of written record. A journal can serve as a place to record thoughts, ideas, and progress toward a certain objective. Many authors utilize Omni-Journals or concept journals for anything from daily freewriting to detailed project preparation.
Diaries: A diary is a personal notebook in which the author records events as they occur. It’s common for some diaries to begin with “Dear Diary…” in an extended letter. Starting a diary is a fantastic first step if you’d like to write a memoir someday.
Memoir : Creative nonfiction work that focuses on the author’s own life and experiences are called memoirs or autobiographies. An individual can, for instance, pen an account of personal travels.
Essays: Although essays have a reputation for being dry academic assignments, there are many different types of essays, some of which require a great deal of imagination to complete.
Poetry: Poetry is one of the most read but least cherished forms of literature, despite being the most creative. Poetry can be written in a variety of forms, including free verse and prose.
Lyrics: Songwriters and musicians work together to create song lyrics. Lyric writing is a lot like poetry in many ways, and it’s a great form of expression for anyone who can play an instrument.
Screenplays: Writing screenplays may get you on the big or little screen, or even on stage or in a computer game. The film is primarily a medium for directors, not writers; nonetheless, movies may sometimes appeal to those who don’t read.
Story: Stories can be found in both fiction and non-fiction, making them the most common type of creative writing. There are a wide variety of popular fiction types to pick from, from flash fiction and short stories to novellas and full-length novels.
Journals, diaries, memoirs, and other related types of writing all contain true tales, which are records of actual people and events. Telling a story is a fundamental part of every type of writing, from literature to speeches, making it a very useful skill.
Speeches: Writing speeches, whether they are meant to persuade, inspire, or enlighten, may open doors to exciting careers in virtually any profession. In addition, being able to write and deliver a speech is a valuable ability to have in case you are ever required to do so for a formal occasion like a graduation, marriage, or awards show.
List of Institutions Offering Creative Writing Courses in Vancouver
The followings are the top institutions providing the best creative writing courses in Vancouver. This list was created after thorough research, to help you choose the best place to get started. It’s advised that you must go through the institution’s website first, before enrolling in any program or course.
1. IIM SKILLS
When it comes to online professional courses, IIM SKILLS ranks among the top institutes. This institute has been offering high-in-demand courses tailored for both students and professionals. Over the years, many aspirants have benefited from these courses.
One of these courses is the Content Writing Course , which helps you to make a career as a creative professional writer. IIM SKILLS not only help you to become a writer but also help you to launch yourself as a successful writer. In the course, you’ll be given internship projects to get you real-world experience.
All the assignments or given projects will be reviewed by experts and then brief feedback will be given to you to improve yourself. The sole objective of this course is to build you up as a full-fledged writer, ready enough to work in real-life gigs. During the course, you’ll be given many job opportunities to choose from and the required help to crack interviews.
This program from IIM SKILLS is quite affordable and efficient enough to make you a writer in less time than other institutions. Which makes it the top contending institution offering creative writing courses in Vancouver.
Course Duration – 1 Month + 3 Months Internship. It’s a 30 hours online course including 16 hours of lectures and 14 hours of internship sessions.
Enrollment Fees – The total cost of the course is 243.44 Canadian Dollars +GST.
Contact Information –
Phone: +91 9580 740 740 E
Email: [email protected]
2. SFU – Simon Fraser University
The writer’s studio program by Simon Fraser University does offer a certificate in creative writing. The sole purpose of this program is to provide you with the required tools, strategies, and support to develop you as a writer. An active community of fellow writers will be there to help you practice and learn all sorts of writing.
The program itself is quite alike other full-time courses, but it costs less and can be completed in less than a year. This is also one of the reasons that this program has scored its place in the list of top creative writing courses in Vancouver. The classes are available in both online and offline modules, which means you can attend your lectures according to your lifestyle.
Course Duration – This part-time course will be covered for 10 to 11 months, including workshops focused on specific writing categories.
Enrollment Fees – The total cost of the course is 5,500 CAD and there’s a program application fee of 75 CAD. Scholarship programs are also available to applicable students, please check their website to learn more.
Phone : (+1) 778 782 8000
Toll-Free : (+1) 844 782 8877
3. UBC – University of British Columbia
If you are looking to have a full-time course in creative writing, then go no further than The University of British Columbia (UBC). UBC offers both bachelor’s and master of fine arts in creative writing to make you a writer. The students who have done their master’s in creative writing from UBC have achieved success in many creative fields.
Thanks to the faculty’s writing workshops, seminars, and real-world projects. To know about the course and its contents, you can watch the course’s information video on the official website.
The lectures will be conducted on the campus grounds and to make out living you can work with local or international organizations. The university will have no issue with you getting paid for work and studying full-time at the same time.
Course Duration – This is a 2 years program including workshops in various creative writing genres.
Enrollment Fees – You must join the information session to know about the course and its Enrollment fee.
Phone : (+1) 604 822 2211
For more information about contacting the faculty, please visit the official website.
4. Langara – The College of Higher Learning
Many other institutions are offering creative writing courses in Vancouver, among those is Langara College. This college offers a diploma in creative writing that helps you to express yourself in text in different voices, forms, and techniques. This course is offered on the campus grounds situated in Vancouver.
The faculty is quite great when it comes to motivating students. Each year the college organizes contests for new writers to showcase their skills, which helps the contestants to improve as a writer by competing with fellow mates.
Course Duration – This diploma in creative writing will be covered in 2 years.
Enrollment Fees – The enrollment fee for the course is more than 6,880 CAD. To know more about the fee structure, you can use the tool specifically made to check the cost of study on the official website. You can also find information related to other expenses and student loans on the same page.
Phone : (+1) 604 323 5385
Email : [email protected]
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5. VCC – Vancouver Community College
When it comes to high-level education, the VCC – Vancouver Community College has its dominant domain. The Continuing Studies program introduced by VCC is solely focused on offering professional studies which can be used right away on the job.
The goal of this program is to provide access to high-caliber, adaptable, and practically relevant education with professionals from relevant fields. There are more than 60 areas of skills that are being taught at the Downtown Campus.
One of these skills is Creative Writing and there are 10 courses in total to expand your writing skills as a profession. All these courses are crafted to help you achieve solid ground in different writing genres.
Course Duration – Please check the website for more information on the specific courses.
Enrollment Fees – Almost all the courses cost around 271 CAD, but you must visit the official website to be sure about it.
Phone : (+1) 604 443 8484
6. Capilano University
If you are looking to enroll in an open university, then Capilano University should be on your list. This university ranks 61 st position in Canada and is also known for its top-quality education programs around the world. For students in Arts & Sciences, Capilano University has crafted an Associate of Arts Degree in writing.
The instructors are writing practitioners specialized in various creative writing genres, so you’ll get a great deal of real-life experience. The first year of the course is solely focused on learning about writing and its genres.
In the second, you’ll get the opportunity to dive deep into poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction writing genre. After completing this course, you can also apply for bachelor’s programs in the same to level up your skills.
Course Duration – This course/degree in creative writing will be covered in 2 years.
Enrollment Fees – The total fee for this entire course is 11,842 CAD, this includes tuition and other fees.
Phone : (+1) 604 986 1911/2291, (+1) 604 984 4900
Email : [email protected] / [email protected]
7. VIU – Vancouver Island University
One of the largest campuses in Canada, ranking 11 th position, and 43 rd on the global level. This university offers more than 120 programs, including degrees, diplomas, and certificates. All the courses are tailored to help the student in their professional life. The university offers a bachelor’s degree in journalism and creative writing to make you a master of writing.
The instructors, who’re going to teach you are professionals who are published and received many awards for their writings. The best part that made this university on this list of institutes offering creative writing courses in Vancouver, is the small size class.
The faculty believes in consulting with the students in one-on-one sessions, therefore the class size is quite small. With this, each student gets enough chance to express their concern and receive appropriate help from the professor. This bachelor’s degree is highly focused on improving your literary skills and helping you to face real-life writing challenges.
Course Duration – This bachelor’s degree in creative writing and Journalism will take up to 4 years.
Enrollment Fees – The total fee for this entire program is 7,166.27 CAD. It’s highly advised to check the official website to know about the latest fee structure.
Phone : (+1) 250 753 3245
Toll-Free: (+1) 888 920 2221
8. Camuson College
Situated in British Columbia, this college offers more than 160 programs to its students. All the programs are designed to prepare you for high-skilled professions, to fit you in a job-ready environment. In this course, you’ll dig deep into the world of English literature from old to modern classics.
You’ll be challenged to look at the world of literature from a different perspective and express it to the world. By the end of the course, you will have mastered the skills necessary to critically evaluate sources, create a convincing argument, and write well-organized, well-thought-out writings.
The course includes internship programs to get you a hands-on experience on a live project. Also, there are no restrictions on any student to work at local businesses to make money. But you must check the official website for more critical information on that matter.
Course Duration – This Associate of Arts Degree is a 2 years long program. This includes the internship if you apply for it.
Enrollment Fees – The enrollment fees start from 7,178 CAD and go up to 8,630 CAD, depending on the course type you wish to register for.
Phone : (+1) 250 370 3298 / 3000
Toll-Free: (+1) 877 554 7555
Frequently Asked Questions About Creative Writing Courses in Vancouver
1. is it possible to teach creative writing.
Yes, as a skill creative writing can be taught. It’s the art of using words in a beautiful way to express emotions, experiences, and thoughts. It uses imagination which we all have, but putting words into play in a proper format is another thing, which can be taught.
Just like any other field or industry, you need to understand the basics and the rest depends on your practice. Creative writing is just like telling a story to a person with words; as humans, we are all gifted with that skill. Moreover, after enrolling in any of the creative writing courses in Vancouver, you’ll be given assignments to practice what you learn in the lecture.
2. Is it hard to learn creative writing?
You’ll face hardships whenever you start learning something new. You must have fallen from your cycle many times as a child just to learn how to ride it. The same goes with creative writing, all you must do is follow the right approach and invest time practicing it. It may take time but that will be worth everything. All the above-listed creative writing courses in Vancouver include both theoretical and practical training. So, this also means that you’ll get many assignments to practice your writing skills.
3. What is the average salary of a creative writer?
Most creative writers work for businesses online as a freelancer and some get hired by reputed companies for full-time jobs. Some get paid on an hourly basis and some for projects. But the average salary that you can make as a creative writer is more than 50,000 CAD in a year.
It’s one of the high-paying jobs out there and you can make tonnes of money with this skill. This is why many professionals are shifting to the writing industry and enrolling in creative writing courses in Vancouver. And if you’re seeking to change your career, then you should enroll too.
4. Is creative writing good as a career?
Yes, of course, it’s one of the best careers out there. Creative writers are required by many industries as they depend on writers to meet their end goals. For many individuals, creative writing is the best choice of profession as it pays well, more than average jobs. The future of a creative writing career is full of opportunities.
As a creative writer, you’ll work collaboratively with other writers in different niches and as a result, you’ll earn new connections. Not only that, you’ll gain experience which will help you to improve as a writer.
So far, it must have become clear to you that creative writing is an in-demand skill, which can be taught. Also, it’s one of the most lucrative careers out there in the modern world. You can attain this skill and start up as a freelancer or work for an organization. If you’re looking forward to becoming a successful writer then you are only a step away from it. Just enroll in any of the creative writing courses in Vancouver listed above.
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Creative Writers are at the heart of our cultural industries. Poets, novelists, screenwriters, playwrights, graphic novelists, magazine writers: they entertain, inform and inspire. For more than 15 years, UBC's Creative Writing program has been educating writers through distance education in a program which complements our long-standing on-campus MFA program.
A studio program with the writing workshop at its heart, the distance MFA focuses on the work created by students as the primary text. Through intensive peer critique and craft discussion, faculty and students work together with the same goal: literary excellence.
The MFA granted to distance students is the same degree as granted to on-campus students, and the same criteria of excellence in multiple genres of study apply.
For specific program requirements, please refer to the departmental program website
What makes the program unique?
UBC's Optional-Residency (Distance) MFA was the first distance education MFA program in Canada and remains the only full MFA which can be taken completely online. It is designed to be uniquely flexible, allowing students across Canada and around the world to study writing at the graduate level while still living in their local communities and fulfilling career and family obligations.
The program is unique globally for its multi-genre approach to writing instruction: students are required to work in multiple genres during the course of the degree. As a fine arts program rather than an English program, students focus on the practice of writing rather than the study of literature. Students may work on a part-time basis, taking up to five years to complete the degree.
My time in the Creative writing grad program at UBC has given me the discipline and focus I need to complete long-form writing pieces and larger poetry projects.
Kwaku Darko-Mensah Jnr.
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The optional residency MFA (distance) program only has a July intake.
1) Check Eligibility
Minimum academic requirements.
The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all applicants, usually a minimum overall average in the B+ range (76% at UBC). The graduate program that you are applying to may have additional requirements. Please review the specific requirements for applicants with credentials from institutions in:
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Each program may set higher academic minimum requirements. Please review the program website carefully to understand the program requirements. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission as it is a competitive process.
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Applicants from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application.
Minimum requirements for the two most common English language proficiency tests to apply to this program are listed below:
TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet-based
Overall score requirement : 90
IELTS: International English Language Testing System
Overall score requirement : 6.5
Other Test Scores
Some programs require additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Test (GMAT). The requirements for this program are:
The GRE is not required.
2) Meet Deadlines
3) prepare application, transcripts.
All applicants have to submit transcripts from all past post-secondary study. Document submission requirements depend on whether your institution of study is within Canada or outside of Canada.
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A minimum of three references are required for application to graduate programs at UBC. References should be requested from individuals who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
Statement of Interest
Many programs require a statement of interest , sometimes called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar.
Students in research-based programs usually require a faculty member to function as their thesis supervisor. Please follow the instructions provided by each program whether applicants should contact faculty members.
Instructions regarding thesis supervisor contact for Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Distance) (MFA)
Permanent Residents of Canada must provide a clear photocopy of both sides of the Permanent Resident card.
4) Apply Online
All applicants must complete an online application form and pay the application fee to be considered for admission to UBC.
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Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.
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All applicants are encouraged to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund their graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.
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Many professors are able to provide Research Assistantships (GRA) from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their supervision. The duties constitute part of the student's graduate degree requirements. A Graduate Research Assistantship is considered a form of fellowship for a period of graduate study and is therefore not covered by a collective agreement. Stipends vary widely, and are dependent on the field of study and the type of research grant from which the assistantship is being funded.
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Graduate programs may have Teaching Assistantships available for registered full-time graduate students. Full teaching assistantships involve 12 hours work per week in preparation, lecturing, or laboratory instruction although many graduate programs offer partial TA appointments at less than 12 hours per week. Teaching assistantship rates are set by collective bargaining between the University and the Teaching Assistants' Union .
Graduate Academic Assistantships (GAA)
Academic Assistantships are employment opportunities to perform work that is relevant to the university or to an individual faculty member, but not to support the student’s graduate research and thesis. Wages are considered regular earnings and when paid monthly, include vacation pay.
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Canadian and US applicants may qualify for governmental loans to finance their studies. Please review eligibility and types of loans .
All students may be able to access private sector or bank loans.
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Many foreign governments provide support to their citizens in pursuing education abroad. International applicants should check the various governmental resources in their home country, such as the Department of Education, for available scholarships.
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The possibility to pursue work to supplement income may depend on the demands the program has on students. It should be carefully weighed if work leads to prolonged program durations or whether work placements can be meaningfully embedded into a program.
International students enrolled as full-time students with a valid study permit can work on campus for unlimited hours and work off-campus for no more than 20 hours a week.
A good starting point to explore student jobs is the UBC Work Learn program or a Co-Op placement .
Tax credits and RRSP withdrawals
Students with taxable income in Canada may be able to claim federal or provincial tax credits.
Canadian residents with RRSP accounts may be able to use the Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) which allows students to withdraw amounts from their registered retirement savings plan (RRSPs) to finance full-time training or education for themselves or their partner.
Please review Filing taxes in Canada on the student services website for more information.
Applicants have access to the cost calculator to develop a financial plan that takes into account various income sources and expenses.
Graduates of the MFA program have found success in varied fields related to writing and communication. The MFA qualifies graduates for teaching at the university level and many graduates have gone on to teach at colleges and universities in Canada, the United States and overseas as well as holding writing residencies. Many publish books and win literary awards. Others go on to work in publishing, and graduates have become book and magazine editors.
Although the MFA is a terminal degree, some graduates go on to further study in PhD programs in the US, UK and Australia.
The Optional-Residency MFA is particularly well suited to teachers: our teacher-students have been able to gain an advanced degree while continuing their careers.
- Research Supervisors
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
- Belcourt, Billy-Ray (Fiction; Nonfiction; Poetry)
- Hopkinson, Nalo (Creative writing, n.e.c.; Humanities and the arts; Creative Writing: Speculative Ficton, Fantasy, Science Fiction, especially Other Voices)
- Irani, Anosh
- Koncan, Frances
- Leavitt, Sarah (Autobiographical comics; Formal experimentation in comics; Comics pedagogy)
- Lee, Nancy (Fiction; Creative Writing)
- Lyon, Annabel (Novels, stories and news)
- Maillard, Keith (Fiction, poetry)
- Marzano-Lesnevich, Alex (Nonfiction)
- McGowan, Sharon (Planning of film productions from concept to completion)
- Medved, Maureen (Fiction, writing for screen)
- Nicholson, Cecily (Languages and literature; Poetry)
- Ohlin, Alix (Fiction; Screenwriting; Environmental writing)
- Pohl-Weary, Emily (Fiction; Writing for Youth)
- Svendsen, Linda (Fiction, television)
- Taylor, Timothy (fiction and nonfiction)
- Vigna, John (Novels, stories and news; Fiction, Literary Non-Fiction, Creative Writing)
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Creative Writing combines the best of traditional workshop and leading-edge pedagogy. Literary cross-training offers opportunities in a broad range of genres including fiction, poetry, screenplay, podcasting, video game writing and graphic novel.
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Please read the following documents in full for details on our MFA program and application guidelines. These documents provide answers to most prospective students’ questions.
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (On-Campus)
Our two-year studio course of resident study is learner-centered and workshop-driven. We offer an exciting breadth of genres, small classes and award-winning faculty, all within one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Optional-Residency)
Our distance MFA mirrors our on-campus program and allows for part-time study. Work from anywhere in the world with our esteemed faculty and a community of dedicated fellow writers. Each year we host a popular optional summer residency at our stunning Vancouver campus.
Master of Fine Arts in Film Production and Creative Writing
The MFA in Film Production and Creative Writing is a joint program with UBC Theatre & Film and is primarily a film production degree with an additional focus on screenwriting. The final thesis for this MFA is a completed film which the student normally writes, directs and produces.
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Theatre
The MFA in Creative Writing and Theatre is a joint program with UBC Theatre & Film , where students will take courses in both the Theatre Program and the Creative Writing Program. Students must be accepted to both programs in order to take this MFA.
UBC’s Okanagan Campus also has a Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts Degree, as part of their Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. This is not connected to the UBC Vancouver Creative Writing Program, and faculty, courses and degree requirements are different.
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Berton House Writers' Retreat
Location: Dawson City, Yukon Application Deadline: Multiple Website: writerstrust.com/bertonhouse
The Berton House Writers’ Retreat offers three-month residencies to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, playwrights, and writers of children’s literature in the cozy two-bedroom, childhood home of Pierre Berton. Residents receive a $9,000 honorarium, part of which may be covered by the Canada Council for the Arts’ Research and Creation grant program. Travel costs to and from Dawson City are also covered. Applications are accepted online and include a letter of intent, resume, and up to 10 pages of writing.
Contact: Liz Kondo
Haig-Brown Heritage House
Location: Campbell River, British Columbia Application Deadline: February (annual) Website: haig-brown.bc.ca
Administered by the Museum at Campbell River on the east coast of Vancouver Island, the Haig-Brown House is a restored heritage house on the edge of a small city that backs onto the banks of the river. Residents receive $2,000 month for a five month period that stretches from November to April. Additionally, up to $1,000 is provided for travel. The house is fully equipped and large enough to accommodate a spouse. Residents are required to spend 40% of their time on public engagement.
Contact: Ken Blackburn, 250.287.3103, [email protected]
Historic Joy Kogawa House
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Application Deadline: April 30 (annual) Website: kogawahouse.com/wp/residencies/
Administered by the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society, this residency is available to writers continuing work on a writing project. Applicants must have published two books and have previous teaching and public speaking experience. Residencies are self-supporting and run for a two-month period at a time convenient to the successful candidate. Writers are expected to host at least one public event during each of the two months of their residency. Contact: Visit kogawahouse.com/wp/contact/
KP@C3 Kalamalka Press/Okanagan College Writer in Residence
Location: Vernon, British Columbia Application Deadline: Due to pandemic restrictions, this program is currently on hold. For information about self-directed opportunities for writers and artists, please follow the link below.
For four weeks during the month of October, established and emerging Canadian writers working in any genre are provided accommodation, studio space, and a $1,000 honorarium to live and work in the Caetani Cultural Centre. Residents will stay in one of the heritage house’s three rooms and will share with other artists-in-residence a living room, kitchen, and bathroom on the second floor of a building. Residents are responsible for travel and food costs. Applicants are selected by the Kalamalka Press editorial board. Writers are encouraged to participate in or offer a community event during their stay (reading, public workshop, class visits). For the remaining 11 months of the year, the Centre operates a fee-based self-directed residency programs with rates per night ranging between $10-$30.
Contact: Visit [email protected]
Al Purdy's A-Frame
Location: Ameliasburgh, Ontario Application Deadline: October (annual) Website: alpurdy.ca
The Al Purdy A-frame Association offers writers the opportunity to live and work in a space and place of inspirational literary and historic significance and resonance. Residencies are flexible, ranging from two to six weeks and up and writers receive a weekly stipend of $750. Travel is also provided. To be eligible, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Writers at all stages of their career are accepted, with strong consideration given to those in the early stages of their careers.
Contact: Visit alpurdy.ca/residency
Wallace Stegner House
Location: Eastend, Saskatchewan Application Deadline: September 1 (annual) Website : stegnerhouse.ca
Owned and operated by the Eastend Arts Council, Wallace Stegner House is available for 11 monthly residencies for $500/month. Writers, visual and performing artists from around the world are invited to apply for this residency. The application deadline is September 1 annually. One month of the year is reserved for the winner of the Wallace Stegner Grant for the Arts and the application deadline for the grant is April 30 annually for the following calendar year. The winner of the grant receives $500 and is given the choice of which month they’d like to come. The writer is required to give one reading and/or workshop in the Eastend School and one public reading. Applicants for the Grant must be published Canadian writers and their application must include a sample of their work and a statement on why they want to come to Eastend.
Contact: Ethel Wills at 306.295.3670 or [email protected]
Public Library Residencies
Calgary Public Library
Location: Calgary, Alberta Application Deadline: June (annual) Website: calgarylibrary.ca/apply-author-in-residence/
The program typically runs for three months in the fall. Residents are required to spend 17.5 hours per week at the Central Library, leaving the remaining time for writing. The resident acts as a mentor to emerging and established writers and planned activities include individual consultations, delivery of writing programs and workshops, and public readings. Remuneration is approximately $4,000 per month. Accommodation is not provided.
Contact: [email protected]
Edmonton Public Library
Location: Edmonton, Alberta Application Deadline: Fall (annual) Website: epl.ca/writer-in-residence
Run concurrently with the Metro Writer-in-Residence program, the Edmonton Public Library provides a writer $42,488 for a year-long residency (which includes six weeks vacation). To be eligible, applicants must have previously published one book, have instruction/facilitation experience, and a reliable method of transportation to allow for travel throughout Edmonton and area. Half of a resident’s time is devoted to library programs and projects and the other half is for personal writing. Local travel assistance is provided but accommodation is not. Applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, two references, and a writing sample. Leading candidates will be interviewed.
Contact: Katherine Gibson, 780.496.1054, [email protected]
Metro (Edmonton) Writer-in-Residence
Location: Edmonton, Alberta Application Deadline: Fall (annual) Website: metrowir.com
Run concurrently with the Edmonton Public Library Writer-in-Residence program, and run in partnership between the Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, St. Albert, and Strathcona County libraries, this residency provides a writer $42,488 for a year-long period (which includes six weeks vacation). To be eligible, applicants must have previously published one book, have instruction/facilitation experience, and a a reliable method of transportation to allow for travel throughout Edmonton and area. Half of a resident’s time is devoted to library programs and projects and the other half is for personal writing. Local travel assistance is provided but accommodation is not. Applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, two references, and a writing sample. Leading candidates will be interviewed.
Regina Public Library
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan Application Deadline: April (annual) Website: reginalibrary.ca/about/in-residence-programs
Running from August to May, this residency is independently funded by the Regina Public Library. Residents are required to spend at least 40% of their time on public projects and activities, including consultations, community and school visits, and leading group workshops and seminars that serve and support the Regina writing community. Residents receive a $40,000 stipend. Accommodation is not provided.
Contact: Colleen Hawkesford, 306.777.6015, [email protected]
City of Richmond
Location: Richmond, British Columbia Application Deadline: April (annual) Website: richmond.ca/culture/artists/writerinresidence
Organized by the City of Richmond in partnership with the Richmond Public Library, Minoru Centre for Activity Living, and Richmond Arts Centre, this residency seeks to place public programming in each venue. The Expression of Interest is for a full-time position (35 hours/week) and residents are required to spend 25% of their time working with and engaging the public. Subject to Canada Council funding, the residency runs from September 29 to November 24. Residents receive $4,000 per month. Writers are expected to cover accommodation and travel costs.
Contact: Loryn LeGear, [email protected]
Saskatoon Public Library
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Application Deadline: November (annual) Website: saskatoonlibrary.ca/wir
Running from September to May, the nine-month residency provides residents with a $40,000 honorarium and an office in the library’s main branch. Writers are expected to devote 40% of their time to public programs and projects, including workshops, readings, and manuscript consultations.
Contact: Community Librarians [email protected]
South Shore Public Libraries
Location: Bridgewater, Nova Scotia Application Deadline: October (annual) Website: southshorepubliclibraries.ca
Established in 2010 and organized by the South Shore Public Libraries, the residency is available to all applicants that have previously published one book; however, preference is given to local candidates. The program is fully dependent upon Canada Council funding, which must be obtained by the writer; SSPL will assist with the application process after discussion and agreement with the applicant beforehand. The residency may not be offered every year, and compensation is based on the grant funding received. Residents are required to participate in consultations and related public activities. Accommodation is not provided.
Contact: Jeff Mercer, 902.240.5774, [email protected]
Toronto Public Library
Location: Toronto, Ontario Application Deadline: December (4 month residency - Spring) and late spring (2 month residency - Fall) Website: torontopubliclibrary.ca/writer-in-residence
Alternating between the Toronto Reference Library and the North York Central Library are a four-month spring residency (Feb-May) and a two-month fall residency (Oct-Nov). Each residency provides writers with a $4,000 per month stipend. Residents are required to devote 40% of their time to public programming, the bulk of which will be manuscript reviews but may also include consultations, workshops, and panel participation. More often than not the resident will be working in literary fiction, but the focus of the residency changes to other genres year-by-year.
Vancouver Public Library
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Application Deadline: late spring (annual) Website: vpl.ca
Writers receive a monthly $4,000 honorarium for this residency, which runs for four months in the fall (generally, September through December). Each year, the call for applications is posted in December and identifies a specific genre or form (2016 was crime fiction, 2017 is romance, etc). The residency is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and the VPL Friends of the Library. Residents are expected to find their own accommodation. A writer’s time is divided 60% for personal writing projects and 40% for library programming and projects. The writer-in-residence mentors emerging writers, facilitates writing workshops, and plans engaging events featuring their work and the work of other authors.
Contact: 604.331.3687, [email protected]
Winnipeg Public Library
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba Application Deadline: late June or early July (annual) Website: wpl.winnipeg.ca/library/whatshappening/writerinres.aspx
This seven month residency runs from October to April and is open to writers in all genres. A writer’s time is divided 60% for personal writing projects and 40% for community engagement projects. To be eligible, writers must have published two books.
Contact: Danielle Pilon, 204.986.2802, [email protected]
University of Alberta
Location: Edmonton, Alberta Application Deadline: September 15 (annual) Website: ualberta.ca/english-film-studies/programs/writer-in-residence program
Residents receive $50,000 (plus benefits) for this nine-month residency, which runs from September to May. To be eligible, writers must have one previously published book. It is assumed that applicants live in Edmonton during the duration of the residency. As an added perk, residents receive a one-week residency at the Leighton Artist Colony at the Banff Centre.
Contact: Marilyn Dumont, [email protected]
Location: Athabasca, Alberta (virtual residency) Application Deadline: By invitation only Website: writer-in-residence.athabascau.ca/
Athabasca’s program is a unique virtual residency. The eventual resident will be an established author in one or more of the following genres: poetry, fiction, drama, literary nonfiction, screenwriting, and new media writing. The writer-in-residence must be someone with teaching capabilities and be familiar with working in an online environment. Dependent upon funding, residents receive an honorarium that ranges from $18,000 to 45,000. The residency usually starts in September and runs 8 to 12 months. A program committee selects the writer-in-residence each year among nominations by the members of the committee.
Contact: Angie Abdou, 1.844.685.0376, [email protected]
Calgary Distinguished Writers Program
Location: Calgary, Alberta Application Deadline: December (annual) Website: ucalgary.ca/cdwp
Lasting 10 months, from September to June, this residency is one of the highest paid Canadian residencies. To be eligible, candidates need to have published/produced one to four works and have community engagement experience, such as teaching or mentoring writers. Half of the resident’s time is reserved for their own writing projects, and half devoted to public outreach including manuscript consultations, public presentations, and other related duties. Travel is partially covered by the host, but accommodation is not. Residents also receive a two-week residency at the Banff Centre's Leighton Artists' Colony.
Contact: Caitlyn Spencer, CDWP Coordinator, 403.220.8177, [email protected]
University of Fraser Valley Kuldip-Gill Writing Fellowship
Location: Abbotsford, British Columbia Application Deadline: September (annual) Website: ufv.ca/english/writer-in-residence/
Lasting 10 weeks, from January to April, this residency is open to writers who have previously published at least two books with an established publishing house. The resident holds office hours two days a week, provides the keynote address at Mission Writers and Readers festival, offers two readings and two workshops at the university, provides guest lectures in creative writing and literature classes, and writes the forward for Louden Singletree annual issue. A generous stipend is attached to the position. The resident is responsible for their own travel and living arrangements.
Contact: Andrea MacPherson, 604.504.7441 x4260 [email protected]
University of Guelph
Location: Guelph, Ontario Application Deadline: January (annual) Website: uoguelph.ca/arts/sets/
Organized by the University of Guelph School of English and Theatre Studies, the writer-in-residence program is offered once a year for a 12 week term, in either the fall or winter academic term. Writers receive $20,000 and are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. To be eligible writers must be established in their field and commit to providing public consultations during their residency and participating in three public events.
Contact: Ann Wilson, [email protected]
Wilfrid Laurier University's Edna Staebler Laurier Residency
Location: Waterloo, Ontario Application Deadline: June (annual) Website: wlu.ca/information-for/community-members/literary-awards/edna-staebler-awards/edna-staebler-laurier-writer-in-residence/applications.html
Residents receive $2,000/week for an 8-12 week residency. (Length of residency is determined and advertised each spring.) Writers-in-residence are required to devote 40% of their time to planning and facilitating community programming at the university's three campuses (Waterloo, Kitchener, and Brantford). Travel costs are covered by the host.
Contact: Dr. Tanis MacDonald, [email protected]
University of Manitoba's Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture Writer and/or Storyteller Residency
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba Application Deadline: November (annual) Website: umanitoba.ca/centres/ccwoc/writer_in_residence
This three-month residency usually takes place between September and December. Writers spend approximately 16 hours per week providing mentorship and practical artistic advice to developing writers and storytellers. They also give a limited number of readings and/or performances on campus and lead an informal non-credit workshop. The writer-in-residence will receive a $15,000 stipend, and accommodation and travel expenses will be covered.
Contact: Warren Cariou, 204.480.1065, [email protected]
McGill University's Mordecai Richler Residency
Location: Montreal, Quebec Application Deadline: By invitation. Inquiries welcome. Website: mcgill.ca/english/writer-residence
This Montreal-based residency runs for four months alternating each year between the fall and winter academic terms. Writers must have an established publication track-record. Preference is given to Canadian writers, but international writers are also eligible. Residents are required to teach a weekly three-hour workshop as well as participate in other public activities and make themselves available to students and faculty. A stipend of approximately $17,500 is provided. Accommodation and travel are not provided.
Contact: Trevor Ponech, 514.398.4400 x09846, [email protected]
McMaster University's Mable Pugh Taylor Residency
Location: Hamilton, Ontario Application Deadline: A call for applications is posted every two to three years. The next call will likely be in 2022. Website: english.humanities.mcmaster.ca/about-us/mable-pugh-taylor-writer-in-residence/
This eight-month residency program runs annually from September to April. Residents receive a $30,000 stipend and are responsible for accommodation and travel costs. To be eligible, writers must have published a minimum of two books with a professional publishing house, have made a significant contribution to their area of specialty over a number of years, still be active in their profession, and intend to work on a new writing project during their residency. The resident has an office at both the university and Hamilton Public Library to hold regular meetings with apprentice writers for the equivalent of two days a week. The resident will also work with the McMaster and Hamilton communities through public readings, classroom visits, group workshops, and/or seminars.
Contact: Sophie Goellnicht, 905.525.9140 x28629, [email protected]
Location: St. John's, Newfoundland Application Deadline: Summer (annual) Website: mun.ca/english/more/place/WriterinResidence.php
The resident will work on their own writing projects while making 40% of their time available to students and writers within the university and in the community at large. The residency runs for four months, in either the fall or winter semester. Writers will receive approximately $20,000, return air fare, and an office space on campus, and accommodation.
Contact: Dept. of English, 709.864.8277, [email protected]
University of New Brunswick
Location: Fredericton, New Brunswick Application Deadline: November (annual) Website: unb.ca/fredericton/arts/graduate/english/about.html#writer
An eight month residency beginning in September and covering both academic terms. Writers are required to give public readings, lectures, and workshops and to travel within New Brunswick for short periods to meet with writers. A stipend of $37,000 is provided. The writer is required to cover their own accommodation and travel costs.
Contact: Mark Jarman, 506-458-7398, [email protected]
University of Ottawa
Location: Ottawa, Ontario Application Deadline: By invitation. Inquiries welcome. Website: arts.uottawa.ca/english/about/writer-in-residence
Residents are selected by a committee composed of Canadian literature and creative writing professors. There is no official application process, though inquiries are welcome. The residency runs for a six month period in either the fall or winter academic term. The Department of English provides a modest honorarium and an opportunity to teach a class (which pays about $8000) and invited writers are encouraged to apply for a Canada Council Grant to supplement this income. Living expenses are not provided.
Contact: Chair, Dept. of English, 613-562-5764, [email protected]
Sheridan College’s Creative Writing & Publishing Writer-in-Residence
Location: Mississauga, Ontario Application Deadline: March 20, 2020 Website: sheridancollege.ca/academics/faculties/humanities-and-social-sciences/writer-in-residence
Lasting between September to April, this residency provides writers a total compensation of $56,000. To be eligible, candidates need to have published two books and have experience working in a mentorship capacity, organizing cultural events, and discussing writing in different genres and modes. Residents are required to devote 24 hours per week to community engagement, which will include office hours as well as planning and curating reading events and various class visitations. Residents will be provided office space on campus. Travel and accommodation are not covered.
Contact: [email protected]
Simon Fraser University's Ellen and Warren Tallman Residency
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia Application Deadline: By invitation only Website: sfu.ca/english/writer-in-residence.html
This eight-month residency program is focused upon writers that have a strong publishing track-record, are active in the public sphere, and have mentoring experience. The residency is by invitation only, with an internal committee approaching a shortlist of candidates and requesting applications. Residents hold office hours, consult with students, provide manuscript evaluations, and participate in a public project, such as a lecture or workshop. The host covers travel costs and supplies a stipend.
Contact: Jeff Derksen, 778.782.5431, [email protected]
University of Toronto Scarborough
Location: Toronto, Ontario Application Deadline: By invitation only Website: utsc.utoronto.ca/engdept/writers-residence-utsc
Occurring during the winter academic term, this 13-week residency is for Canadian writers with an established reputation. The residency is by invitation only. Residents hold office hours, consult, run occasional workshops, and visit classes. An undisclosed stipend is provided from which residents cover accommodation and travel expenses.
Contact: Andrew Westoll, 416 208-2234, [email protected]
University of Toronto Jack McClelland Residency
Location: Toronto, Ontario Application Deadline: By invitation only Website: english.utoronto.ca/facultystaff/wir.htm
Occurring during the winter academic term, this four month residency is for Canadian writers with an established reputation. The residency is currently by invitation only. Because there are no funds to cover an author's travel, it usually goes to Toronto-based authors. Residents are required to mentor, consult, teach a weekly writing workshop, hold office hours, and deliver at least one reading. An undisclosed stipend is provided.
Contact: Sangeeta Panjwani, Dept of Enligsh, [email protected]
University of Western Ontario
Location: London, Ontario Application Deadline: October 30 (annual) Website: uwo.ca/english/people/about_wir.html
The residency program begins in September at the start of the academic year, and is usually between four to eight months. To be eligible, writers must have an established publication record and work in the fields of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or playwriting. Strong consideration is given to applicants’ intentions with working with apprentice writers and adding to the cultural life of the community. Residents receive a stipend from which they cover accommodation and travel expenses.
Contact: Mary Helen McMurran, [email protected]
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