Mar 22, 2009, 4:04 PM
Post #18 of 27
It's too late for applications for this year, BUT, this is an old thread due for revival. I grew up in Canada. Due to funding reasons, I chose to do my MFA in the States. But I think it might be nice to make a list here of the Canadian MFA options, since none really seem to get any attention except for UBC. So, here are schools in Canada that offer an MFA or MA in CW. And they're all respectable options.
Re: [rhgibson] Calling all Canadians!
UBC -- Full and low-res. No need to explain it here, since everyone knows a lot about it.
University of Victoria -- Just starting an MFA program for fall 2009. I did part of my undergrad in CW here and didn't enjoy it, but to each her own. Only accepts one student per genre, so this is more like a residency.
University of Calgary -- This is an MA program with a Creative Writing thesis. Distinguished faculty here, particularly poetry-wise. Christian Bok, Suzette Mayr stand out.
University of Guelph-Humber -- This is a full-blown MFA and very innovative in its approach. Great faculty: Michael Winter, Wayson Choy, etc etc. This is in Toronto, by the way.
University of Toronto -- There are mixed reviews of this program. It's new and nobody knows about it. But the faculty is stellar: Margaret Atwood, David Adams Richards, George Elliot Clarke, Andre Alexis, Paul Quarrington, also Michael Winter.
Concordia University -- An MA. The faculty here seem to like the program. It doesn't get much attention. Canada's Poet Laureate teaches here. Also, Nino Ricci, Barry Webster, Pasha Malla.
University of New Brunswick -- Also an MA. New Brunswick is a beautiful province, and Fredericton is its biggest city. Has a pretty good faculty. The head of the department, Mark Jarman, is an Iowa alum.
One caveat with these programs: Canada has a real problem with funding its' artists. We have a Prime Minister who thinks everyone should be studying business. I don't think any of these schools offer a full scholarship.