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MFA in Writing

Master your imagination. We’re one of three programs in Canada that offers an MFA in Writing. Our program emphasizes both how to write and how to teach writing. You’ll focus on perfecting your work in your own genre. We also encourage you to explore new forms, like graphic novels or interactive media.

You’ll work with internationally published writers in a supportive environment. When you leave our program, you’ll take a polished body of work with you. We want you to graduate with skills that will get you a job as a writer or teacher.

You’ll work closely with our experienced faculty, who will respect and nurture your creative voice. In our workshop classes, you’ll receive both helpful criticism and positive feedback. You’ll also learn how to teach creative writing and encourage creativity in others. If you’re interested in publishing, you can intern with a literary magazine or B.C. publisher.

You can specialize in one of five genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting and poetry. Typically, we only accept one applicant per genre per year.

Degree programs offered

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MFA 2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Program delivery:
Other: 2 year on-campus residency
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Fiction
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Playwriting
  • Film
  • Poetry

Find a supervisor

All graduate students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. 

You don't need to confirm a supervisor before applying. Take a look at the faculty contacts, though, to see whose research complements yours.

Danielle Geller

Assistant Professor Creative nonfiction, memoir, speculative fiction, documentary studies, archives.

David Leach

Professor, Graduate Advisor Creative nonfiction, literary journalism, the nonfiction novel, adventure travel, ecological literacy, magazine publishing, teaching with technology, sports writing, interactive narrative, video games, digital storytelling.

Deborah Campbell

Associate Professor, Director of Professional Writing Creative nonfiction, literary journalism, memoir, biography, travel writing.

Diane Dakers

Assistant Teaching Professor Journalism, media studies, fiction for young adults, nonfiction for children.

Gregory Scofield

Associate Professor Poetry, memoir.

Kathryn Mockler

Assistant Professor Short film writing, feature film writing, TV writing, poetry, short fiction, experimental writing, hybrid genres, editing and publishing, climate/eco writing, small press publishing.

Kevin Kerr

Chair, Associate Professor Stage, screen, collaborative creation, site-specific theatre, multi-media performance.

Lee Henderson

Associate Professor Fiction, creative nonfiction, the graphic novel.

Marita Dachsel

Assistant Teaching Professor Poetry, drama, installations, hybrid genres, fiction.

Maureen Bradley

Professor Film production, experimental film, drama, documentary, Canadian and queer media arts.

Sean Holman

Associate Professor, Wayne Crookes Professor of Environmental and Climate Journalism Environmental journalism, investigative journalism, solutions journalism, community building journalism, government and corporate secrecy, freedom of information, and more.

Shane Book

Associate Professor Poetry, filmmaking, screenwriting, fiction, nonfiction, film/literature/visual art/music/dance of the African diaspora, poetics, philosophy, hip hop culture, and more.

Tim Lilburn

Professor Poetry, the philosophical essay, the ecological essay.

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)


  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $131.50
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Canadian and International students: apply by December 1 for September entry.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program's admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the graduate secretary or 250-721-7306.

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