The Writer’s Studio
The Writer's Studio at a glance
This is a brief summary of how you'll learn throughout your year in The Writer's Studio. For details, visit the curriculum section.
Study creative writing in the evenings and on weekends
The Writer’s Studio runs from January to mid-December each year. All of the courses, workshops, and events are scheduled on weeknights and some Saturdays. Classes and mentor workshop groups meet at Harbour Centre, part of SFU's Vancouver campus, while other events, like monthly readings and the launch of emerge, our student anthology, take place at other venues throughout the city.
Creative writing courses
You'll take a series of creative and professional writing courses as part of The Writer's Studio curriculum. Visit the curriculum section and click on a course name for details.
Mentor workshop group and one-on-one consults
The Writer's Studio employs four mentors—one for fiction, one for young adult and genre fiction, one for poetry and lyric prose, and one for narrative non-fiction. Based on your application, one of these mentors will invite you to join his or her workshop group, which will meet regularly.
You'll work with the same mentor and workshop group for the entire year. Within your mentor workshop group, you’ll receive regular feedback on your writing and learn more about the craft of writing. You'll also meet one-on-one with your mentor several times throughout the year to discuss your work.
Creative writing certificate
Students who succesfully complete The Writer’s Studio's core courses, electives, and final project (for a total of 129.5 hours of instruction) will graduate from the program with a Certificate in Creative Writing. For more information on the program's curriculum, visit our curriculum section.
Public readings are an integral part of The Writer's Studio. Throughout the year, at public events, you'll read your work for an audience. You'll also hear others read their work.
As part of an elective in The Writer's Studio, students will have the opportunity to participate in the production and promotion of emerge, our annual student anthology.
You'll learn at other events during the year, including Orientation Day, Reconnection Day, mentor salons, and the launch of emerge. Visit the curriculum section for details.
Work through three semesters
The Writer’s Studio consists of three semesters:
Spring semester: January to June
This is when you will complete most of the studio course work.
You’ll take courses on the following subjects:
- Manuscript critique
- How writing rhetoric, process, and materials affect your writing
- How to consider using a wider range of forms of your writing genre
- Legal and ethical issues in creative writing
You’ll also begin to meet with your mentor workshop group in January. When your group meets, your mentor will facilitate the improvement and critique of your writing, and provide training on craft and professional skills.
In late spring, there will be a series of readings by guest writers, your mentors, and all of the students in the studio. We will also begin production of emerge.
Summer semester: July to August
During the summer semester, you’ll focus on your own self-paced writing and participate in one of the summer electives. Additonally, each mentor will offer at least one consultation with their own students. You may also meet informally with your mentor workshop group.
Fall semester: September to December
During the fall semester, you will take one of our fall electives, and your bi-weekly mentor group meetings and one-on-one consults will continue. You'll also complete your final portfolio and participate in a final celebratory public reading in October during the launch of emerge.