University of British Columbia

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 7, 2022
Application Fee: 
$168.25 Canadian (for international applicants), $108 Canadian (for Canadian applicants)
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Alexandra Tsardidis
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Keith Maillard, Sheryda Warrener, Bronwen Tate
Fiction: Nancy Lee, Annabel Lyon, Keith Maillard, Maureen Medved, Alix Ohlin, Emily Pohl-Weary, Linda Svendsen, Timothy Taylor, John Vigna

Nonfiction: Timothy Taylor
Writing for Children/YA: Maggie de Vries, Emily Pohl-Weary
Screenwriting: Sharon McGowan
Playwriting: Bryan Wade

Indigenous Writing: Billy-Ray Belcourt
Graphic Novel: Sarah Leavitt

Lyric & Libretto: Tariq Hussain
Speculative Fiction: Nalo Hopkinson

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. The program offers teaching and graduate assistantships, scholarships, graduate awards, student loans, work study, and positions with PRISM international and Brave New Playwrights.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program also offers degrees in Screenwriting, Writing for Children & Young Adults, and Playwriting, as well as translation, graphic novel writing, indigenous writing, lyric and libretto, new media writing, and radio drama. Students are required to take coursework in three genres during their degree.

The program also hosts the Locution Reading Series. Students have the opportunity to teach creative writing in local secondary schools through the New Shoots Program.


Jordan Abel, Hart Hanson, Ellen Keith, Annabel Lyon, Eden Robinson, Amy Stuart, Katherena Vermette