Graduate Program

From Playwriting to Podcasting

Offering 12 genres of study, including screen and TV writing, graphic novel, fiction, poetry, non-fiction, playwriting, podcasting and more.

Pursue an MFA at our beautiful Vancouver campus, or enjoy the flexibility of our online MFA program from anywhere in the world.

UBC Creative Writing

  • Canada’s oldest and most respected MFA Program in Creative Writing.
  • Dedicated to literary cross-training, offering an unprecedented 12 genres of writing courses.
  • Home to an award-winning team of writing instructors: awarded and nominated for prizes such as The Giller Prize, Griffin Prize, Writers Trust Awards, Peabody and Guggenheim Awards.
  • Funds our students with entrance and continuing scholarships, including supporting applicants in their pursuit of major financial awards.
  • Offers multiple options for students to get teaching experience: we offer a Teaching Creative Writing course; run the New Shoots Program, which places students in local high schools to teach writing; and provide paid teaching assistant positions in undergraduate Creative Writing classes, not English or Composition.
  • Publishes PRISM international, one of Canada’s oldest literary magazines, edited and managed entirely by our MFA students.
  • Runs the Brave New Play Rites theatre festival and the Cold Reading screenwriting series.

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, fiction and graphic novel:

Jordan Abel, MFA – winner of the $65,000 2017 Griffin Prize for his book Injun, and author of two other poetry collections, including the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize winning Place of Scraps.

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

Jennica Harper, MFA – poet, Leo Award winning screenwriter and TV producer, with credits on Cardinal, Somewhere Between, Motive and many others.

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.

Eden Robinson, MFA – author of Son of a Trickster, Monkey Beach, Traplines and Blood Sports. Winner of Winifred Holtby Prize. New York Times Editor’s Choice. Winner of the $50,000 2017 Writers’ Trust Fellowship.


Amy Stuart, MFA – author of Still Mine, the internationally bestselling psychological thriller.

Katherena Vermette – author of the Governor General’s Award winning poetry collection North End Love Songs and The Break, winner of the $40,000 Amazon First Novel Award.

Marcus Youssef – playwright, writer of Winners and Losers, numerous other plays and winner of the $100,000 2017 Simonovitch Prize.

Application Information

Applications are open for our MFA program on October 15, 2018. The application deadline is January 11, 2019 for both the on-campus and online 2019 academic year. Classes for the academic year begin September 2019.

>> See the application page for detailed information.

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