On Campus MFA Program

Rhea-teachingOffering 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.

We provide a two-year studio course of resident (on-campus) study in which apprentice writers are offered instruction by faculty who work in a variety of literary and dramatic forms.

The UBC Advantage

A Focus on Writing
We emphasize the creation and critical discussion of original writing rather than the study of literature or literary criticism. Readings are assigned or suggested by instructors where appropriate, but there is not a significant reading or criticism component to the degree.

Eleven Genres of Study
More than any other Creative Writing Program in the world. Study fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, radio drama, writing for children, lyric & libretto, graphic novel, new media writing and translation. Students work in at least three separate genres during the course of their degree – literary cross-training that makes our graduates more well-rounded writers and opens more doors for teaching and publication.

Award-winning Faculty
Our faculty members are all working writers, with multiple awards, international publication and production records to their names. Find out more in our faculty section.


Our application deadline is in early January each year for classes beginning the following September. Please see the Application section to apply.

UBC Creative Writing also offers two combined degree options:

  • Master of Fine Arts in Stage Playwriting (Creative Writing and Theatre at UBC). Applicants for the Joint Playwriting degree should consult the Playwriting Section about course requirements and application process.
  • Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting (Film Production and Creative Writing). This is primarily a film production degree with an additional focus on screenwriting. Please visit the MFA in Screenwriting page.


Graduate Program Inquiries
Alexandra Tsardidis
Note: Due to the volume of requests Alexandra is unable to meet personally with prospective students. Please thoroughly review our website before contacting Alexandra if you still have questions after that.

UBC Okanagan

UBC’s Okanagan Campus also has a Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts Degree, as part of their Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. This is not connected to the UBC Vancouver Creative Writing Program, and faculty, courses and degree requirements are different. For more information, please see UBC Okanagan’s Website.