Opportunities

Diversify your degree by getting involved in the many exciting opportunities UBC Creative Writing has to offer.

Employment Opportunities

Teaching Assistantships

UBC Creative Writing offers a number of Teaching Assistantship positions for Graduate Students each year. TAs assist instructors in our 200 and 300 level undergraduate courses.

At a minimum, the applicant will have an undergraduate degree or its equivalent with academic and/or professional experience as a writer. The applicant must have solid craft knowledge of the genre covered in the course for which they are applying. The applicant must be available for the entire duration of the course.

Marking student assignments and quizzes, answering student queries during office hours and via email, helping with in-class logistics, including, but not limited to: distributing handouts, running media, monitoring quizzes, answering student questions, and monitoring course content on Canvas. Some courses offer opportunities for TAs to teach. The 300 level courses involve leading workshops and discussions.

Most TA positions are half-time for a single term, 96 hours total, but TA positions may vary by course. For current pay rates, see the CUPE 2278 Website.

Work Learn Program

The UBC Work Learn Program supports and subsidizes meaningful work experiences on campus that offer the opportunity for all current UBC students to develop professional skills and learn in a work environment.

Each year there are a number of Work Learn opportunities connected to Creative Writing including New Shoots, Brave New Play Rites, PRISM international and more.


Community Building

Brave New Play Rites

The Brave New Play Rites Festival features the new works of playwrights in the Creative Writing Program.

The festival provides students with the opportunity to have their short plays produced, as well as giving directors from the theatre program and student production staff a chance to practise their craft.

New Shoots

This innovative program provides an opportunity for MFA students to gain hands-on teaching experience by instructing junior and senior high school students during the winter term.

MFA students apply to be mentors, are matched with local schools, and work closely with both Creative Writing faculty and VSB teachers. Each mentor is paid an honorarium to create a tailored lesson plan and teach eight sessions of creative writing workshops to a class or after-school club.

Every June, an annual New Shoots anthology of selected student work is launched with readings by students, mentors, and local authors.

New Shoots is funded by ArtStarts, Vancouver School Board (VSB), and the Creative Writing Program at UBC.

Locution Reading Series

Locution is an offshoot of UBC’s Creative Writing MFA program that invites current MFA writers, as well as graduates who have gone on to acclaim within their genres, to share their work in an informal setting.

A diverse group of genres (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, songwriting) will be represented. Events are usually held monthly at the Cottage Bistro on Main Street in Vancouver during the academic term (September-April).

PRISM international

Established in 1959, PRISM is a quarterly magazine that publishes the best in modern and contemporary literature from Canada and around the world and is produced and edited by our graduate students.

Nineteen Questions

Nineteen Questions is an online magazine that explores writing and publishing through interviews with established writers carried out by our graduate students.

Creative Writing Student Association

Since its establishment in 2010, the Creative Writing Student Association (CWSA) serves to represent the needs and concerns of Creative Writing BFA and MFA students to the Creative Writing faculty and to the University.

The CWSA Chair (an MFA student) and the BFA Representative work together to represent students by liaising with faculty and university staff, attending faculty meetings and organizing student events.