The Writer’s Studio
The Writer’s Studio: a year of creative writing courses, workshops, and more
This creative writing program consists of the following:
- Six courses
- Bi-weekly mentor workshop groups
- Several one-on-one consults with your mentor throughout the year
- Public readings (including training) of your work
- Readings and talks from mentors and guest authors
- The launch of emerge (our annual student anthology)
- A handful of other events
Visit our The Writer's Studio online calendar for times and locations.
You'll complete two elective courses, choosing one from each of the following sets:
Manuscript course (choose one of two):
Writing workshops with mentors
You’ll meet regularly with eight other writers in your mentor workshop group, which your mentor will facilitate. You’ll work with the same group for the entire year, in one of the following genres: fiction, poetry and lyric prose, or non-fiction and narrative.
After receiving training in our workshop process in Manuscript Critique for Writers, you'll continue to develop your skills in giving and receiving constructive feedback throughout the winter, spring, and early summer within the context of your mentor workshop group. In the fall, you'll identify the contents of your final portfolio (which will require 20 to 30 pages of writing), do the necessary revisions to bring it to final draft, and continue to workshop your new writing.
Toward the end of the program, the focus of these workshops will shift to revising your writing and completing your portfolio.
Meet one of our mentors
Meredith Quartermain, an award-winning Vancouver poet and our poetry mentor, on the importance of community for writers, advice for aspiring poets, what she looks for in students, and more.
Mentor and guest readings
In February and March, each mentor will read from a selection of his or her published work, give an informal talk about his or her writing process and professional life, and share some tips on giving effective public readings.
During the spring, we also invite local and regional authors to read from their recently published books. Each will give an informal talk about his or her writing process and professional life, and answer questions.
In these three “in-house” student readings, which will take place on Monday evenings in June, you will build your confidence as you read aloud from your works-in-progress and receive feedback.
All students will work on the production of emerge, The Writer’s Studio’s annual anthology. Some will work on the book production (April to September), and others will work on promotion (August to October).
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 12–4:30 pm
You’ll meet with the mentors, Writer's Studio staff, and the other writers in the program to get to know one another. There will be a presentation on the philosophy that shapes the design and structure of The Writer’s Studio. You’ll have an opportunity to explore your expectations and ask questions.
Saturday, September 6, 2014, 10 am–4 pm
In the morning, you’ll learn about the importance and techniques of performance from Hal Wake. Then, in the afternoon, you’ll reconnect with The Writer’s Studio mentors and student body and learn about the final two months of the program, during which you'll prepare for the launch of emerge, our student anthology, and complete your final portfolio. You’ll have an opportunity to reflect on your progress as a writer and on The Writer’s Studio program.
October 16, 2014
At a gala event that celebrates the launch of emerge, you will present an excerpt of your work to invited guests, your colleagues in The Writer’s Studio, and the general public.