The Graduate Writing Program

About the Program

The Department of Writing began its MFA program in September, 2008. The two objectives of the program are to create a publishable or producible body of work, as a major writing project, in one of five genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, stageplay, screenplay and poetry) and to train students in the teaching of writing at the post-secondary level. Students will work with such core faculty as Bill Gaston(fiction), Lorna Jackson (fiction), Lee Henderson (fiction), Maureen Bradley (screenwriting) David Leach (creative nonfiction), Kevin Kerr (playwriting), and Tim Lilburn (poetry).

Admission to Master's Program

Please note that we are not accepting applicants in the genres of playwriting or screenwriting at this time.

For admission to the program, an undergraduate degree in any discipline and from any accredited college or university will be necessary. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative B GPA and an undergraduate degree.

Persons wishing to apply for the MFA program should submit a portfolio consisting of samples of writing in the genre in which they wish to study. One of the following will be required: 10-15 pages of poetry; 20-30 pages of playwriting, screenwriting, fiction or creative nonfiction. Professional experience and publications will also be taken into account. These should be summarized in one to three pages. Submissions in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction must have a minimum 1.5 line spacing.

Students should also should submit a 400-word statement of purpose, which will include an account of what they hope to accomplish in the graduate program and a rough description of the work they wish to pursue in their major writing project.

The Department of Writing and the Graduate Admissions and Records Office require two letters of reference which will include the following: an assessment of the student’s academic standing, talent as a writer, critical ability, capacity for doing self-directed work, and teaching potential. Letters are submitted electronically as part of the application to graduate admissions and information about letters of reference can be found here:

Prospective students apply directly to graduate studies. Applications and guidelines for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies are online here:

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