Program list & descriptions

Writing ( Masters )

Focuses in the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama and film. A key component in the MFA is courses and practice in the teaching of writing. Workshops are the key to the department’s teaching methods - small groups of students discuss and analyze their craft in intensive workshop and seminar sessions. In addition to its award-winning faculty, the department hires guest instructors and visiting lecturers who are outstanding practitioners.


Prerequisite Minimum standing

Applicants must also meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Entry point Domestic students International students
September December 15
December 15


  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of intent
  • Portfolio of writing in chosen genre
  • For details, please consult the Writing website

Program advisers

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
General Office and Secretary Valerie Tenning 250-721-7306 FIA 251
FAX 250-721-6602
Chair David Leach 250-721-7627 FIA 249

Co-operative education opportunities

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op may be available to students who are pursuing thesis and non-thesis (or professional) degrees. Participation is optional, and admission is determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department. Contact the co-op program in your degree area for details, or email

Note: Co-op is not open to one-year graduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, and non-degree graduate students.

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