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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Our MFA Program, located in Toronto, the most richly diverse city in the country, welcomes and is structured to nurture and support many voices and wide imaginaries. Our distinguished faculty and our many acclaimed graduates recognize the power of language to summon a different world. We offer workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, drama and poetry. Defining characteristics include innovative plenary courses, a semester-long mentorship with a professional writer, and the opportunity to design and teach creative writing workshops in downtown Toronto schools.

Canadian and US Creative Writing Degree Programs

The first 17 creative writing degree programs shown below represent all of those in Canada. Some of these schools offer low residency online degrees in creative writing, while others require full on-site attendance.

The US list is partial only, as Americans boast more than 100 degree programs in creative writing. So what you see here are the most prominent US programs, with links to other resources.

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Canadian Non Degree Creative Writing Programs

US Programs

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Graduate studies

Our master’s program lets you explore new fields, such as the graphic novel and interactive media, while also focusing on your genre of interest and learning how to teach creative writing.

Unique in Canada

UVic’s grad program is the only one of three in Canada offering an MFA in writing, rather than an MA in English with a creative-writing option.

We are also the only Canadian institution with an emphasis not only on writing but on the teaching of writing, which is a specialized area of education. You’ll take on teaching assistantships to gain experience in evaluating and assisting undergrads, and to acquire actual classroom teaching skills in the area of writing (rather than in English literature). Our program is designed so that teaching will be one of the skills you’ll graduate with, to better prepare you for the job market.

MFA in Creative Writing

Our MFA program offers you:

  • a supportive environment in which to create a publishable or producible body of work in one of five genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, film and poetry), and
  • training in the teaching of creative writing at the post-secondary level and for community groups.

You will work closely with internationally known and published faculty who respect and encourage their creative visions and voices. Through participation in workshop classes that simulate an editorial environment of critical feedback and positive reinforcement, you can develop a significant body of work in your genre.

Our department is connected to the lively literary community of Greater Victoria through off-campus readings and events, including the Open Word reading series and the Victoria Festival of Authors.

Find out how to apply or consult our FAQ.

Deadline for applications: December 1.

Get to know our faculty

Check out our faculty profiles to learn more about the writers you could be working with!