Student Association


What is the CWSA?

The CWSA is a student-run organization founded to enhance the student community of UBC Creative Writing students (MFA and BFA).

What does the CWSA do?

  • Throw events and parties. Tower Beach barbeque? Halloween blowout? End-of-year Prom? Expect a lot of fun this academic year.
  • Host workshops. The CWSA brings in speakers to speak on a wide variety of writing subjects from elements of craft to magazine submissions.
  • SSHRC Assistance. In the fall, the CWSA will facilitate mentors and workshops addressing how to complete SSHRC applications.
  • Provide mentors to prospective and current Creative Writing Students with questions regarding the program itself.
  • Provide an excellent opportunity for students to become active members of the student community and add fancy things like CWSA Academic Committee to their CVs.
  • Provide a voice at faculty meetings on behalf of student concerns.

Get Involved:

The CWSA is always looking for students to become involved in the planning and organizing of events and speakers. Also, the CWSA welcomes any suggestions from students regarding the CWSA.

Contact the Chair at: adrickbrock (at) gmail (dot) com

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CWSA Mentors Can Answer Your Questions

Whether you are thinking of entering the program as a new BFA or are in your first or even second year as an MFA Creative Writing Student Association Mentors are here to help you with any questions you may have.  If we cannot provide an answer for you we will direct you to someone who can.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions but feel free to contact us with any question you have that doesn’t appear on the list.

Contact a mentor at: cwsamentors [at]

Prospective Students

  • What are workshops like?
  • What is the course load like?
  • Who are the instructors?
  • What are the funding opportunities?
  • What are the benefits of being in UBCs Creative Writing Program?
  • Are there opportunities for work study positions?
  • What is the community of students like?

Current/Entering Students:

  • How do I choose/approach an advisor?
  • How can I become part of the community of the program?
  • What are some job possibilities within the department for students?
  • What is it like to be a TA?
  • How do I manage my time?
  • What exactly is a thesis?
  • Where do I go from here?
  • Who do I ask if I have SSHRC questions?
  • How do I become a mentor?
  • I want to change advisors how do I do that?