University of Guelph

MFA Program

Program Established: 
2006
Location: 
Toronto, Canada
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Full
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
12-13
Application Deadline: 
December 11, 2017
Application Fee: 
$110 (Canadian)
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Mahak Jain
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Dionne Brand
Fiction: Catherine Bush
Drama: Judith Thompson

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. All students are granted the Constance Rooke Scholarship, which provides a total of $11,500 in funding over a two-year period. Students are also considered for the McClelland & Stewart Scholarship, the Constance Rooke/HarperCollins Scholarship, the Edward Y. Morwick Scholarship, and Board of Graduate Research Scholarships.

There are also work opportunities including writing center tutoring positions and the opportunity to teach creative writing to public school students.

Other Features: 

All students receive the same degree—MFA, Creative Writing—and can specialize in any of the four genres offered (Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, or Drama).

The program hosts a reading series, professional panels, semester-long mentorships, and master classes at the International Festival of Authors. A teaching practicum is also offered in downtown Toronto schools through the Parkdale Project.