Creative Writing, Optional-Residency MFA Program

UBC’s Creative Writing Program is Canada’s oldest and most respected, and is known globally for its MFA program, which features an unprecedented eleven genres of potential study. For more than fifty years, students have learned from a faculty comprised of respected, working writers. Many of Canada’s most successful authors have graduated from the program and students and alumni are regularly found on the shortlists and winner’s lists of Canada’s major literary prizes.

In addition to the on-campus MFA program, the program offers the ability to study at the graduate level through online learning. For over a decade now, students have been taking the Optional-Residency MFA from across Canada and around the world. Like the on-campus program, the Optional Residency MFA is innovative, offering multiple genres of writing. It is also uniquely flexible: students can work on a part-time basis, with an optional summer session held for ten days at UBC’s Point Grey campus each July.

Throughout the program, students work in a learner-centered, workshop-driven program which offers an exciting breadth of choices, innovative learning options and award-winning faculty.