Graduate Program


We are Canada’s oldest and most respected MFA Program in Creative Writing. Offering an unprecedented 11 genres for potential study, students work in a learner-centered, workshop-driven program which offers an exciting breadth of choices, award-winning faculty and a setting in one of the world’s most beautiful and livable cities.

Can’t come to Vancouver? Our uniquely flexible Optional-Residency MFA allows students around the world to study at UBC by distance education. Workshops can be taken part- or full-time. An annual summer residency allows face-to-face interaction on our campus.

A Track Record of Success

Our graduates have gone on to critical acclaim across Canada and around the world, in diverse genres such as playwriting, poetry and graphic novel:

Joan MacLeod, MFA – playwright, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Amigo’s Blue Guitar, author of Jewel, The Hope Slide and others.

Stephanie Bolster, MFA – Governor General’s Award winner in Poetry for White Stone: The Alice Poems, author of four books of poetry.

Eden Robinson, MFA – author of Monkey Beach, Traplines and Blood Sports. Winner of Winifred Holtby Prize. New York Times Editor’s Choice.

SarSarah-Leavitt-Tanglesah Leavitt, MFA – author of Tangles a graphic memoir about her mother’s Alzheimer’s, published in Canada, the UK and the US to wide critical acclaim.

Bill Gaston, MFA – author of six novels, including The Cameraman, five collections of short fiction, a memoir, collection of poetry and a play,


Paulette Bourgeois, MFA – author of the Franklin series of books for children, with over 60 million copies sold in 31 countries.

Katherena Vermette – author of the Governor General’s Award winning poetry collection North End Love Songs and the novel The Break.

Application Information

Applications are open for our MFA program in the fall/winter each year. The most current application deadline is January 8th, 2018 for both the on-campus and online 2018 academic year.

See the application page for more information.

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