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

Areas of focus

  • Fiction
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Playwriting
  • Film
  • Poetry

Faculties and departments

Need help?

Contact Valerie Tenning at writing@uvic.ca or 250-721-7306.

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