Part-time, in class The Writer’s Studio

Program details

Format Part-time in Vancouver.
We also offer The Writer's Studio Online.
Schedule All of the courses, workshops, and events take place on weeknights and some Saturdays.

You'll work through three semesters:


  • Complete core courses and meet with your workshop group
  • Participate in readings with guest writers, mentors and fellow students
  • Begin emerge production


  • Focus on self-paced writing and take a summer elective
  • Participate in at least one consultation with your mentor
  • Meet informally with your workshop group (optional)


  • Take a fall elective
  • Continue bi-weekly workshops and one-on-one consultations with your mentor
  • Complete your final portfolio
  • Participate in a final, celebratory reading at the emerge launch

Visit our The Writer's Studio calendar for times and locations.

Duration One year
Upcoming term
January–December 2016
Courses There are four core courses and two electives in addition to several other activities.
Learning materials We’ll give you a list of required textbooks, if applicable, before your courses begin. We will provide all other course materials.
Tuition Tuition is $5,000, which includes the $100 admission fee. The entire tuition fee is due on December 10.

Financial aid information is available in the table below.

Application fee $75 (non-refundable)
Application deadline We accept applications for The Writer's Studio from September 1 to October 31. The application deadline is October 31.

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.

You'll work with the same mentor and workshop group for the year. Within your group, you’ll receive regular feedback on your work and learn more about the craft of writing. You'll also meet one-on-one with your mentor several times throughout the year.

Creative writing certificate

Students who succesfully complete The Writer’s Studio's core courses, electives, and final project (for a total of 140 hours) will graduate from the program with a Creative Writing Certificate. 

Compare us to an MFA

MFA Program*
Location Online / Whistler Online Vancouver Various
Cost $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $20,000–$40,000
Full-time/Part-time Part-time Part-time Part-time Full-time
Duration 10 months 10 months 11 months 2 years
Months Sep–Jun Sep–Jun Jan–Nov Sep–Apr
Total hours 141 141 141 Varies
Student's work published
at the end of the program
Yes Yes Yes No

* Typical two-year MFA program at other institutions

Financial aid

Scholarships are available thanks to the generosity of a number of donors.

Writing Mom Scholarship
The amount of this scholarship is determined by yearly donations.

How to apply:
Note in your letter of application to The Writer’s Studio that you would like this scholarship, then describe who you are and why you need financial assistance.
emerging Writer Scholarship The amount of this scholarship is determined by yearly donations at the book launch of emerge: The Writer's Studio Anthology.

How to apply:
Note in your letter of application to The Writer’s Studio that you would like this scholarship, then describe who you are and why you need financial assistance.
The Yale Road Scholarship
  • $4,400 scholarship to the Writer’s Studio for 2016.
  • Awarded to an applicant with financial need who can commit to facilitating 12 eight-hour monthly sessions at the Yale Road Centre in Surrey, B.C., from June 2016 to May 2017.
  • The recipient will work mainly with geriatric residents as well as some residents with acquired brain injuries, substance abuse, or psychiatric illnesses. The recipient will interview them and transcribe their life stories as texts for feedback and review by the client, with an eye toward possible eventual publication.

How to apply:
Submit a separate statement with your TWS application indicating your interest in the scholarship and answering the following question:

How do you think this experience would contribute to your personal growth?

The scholarship committee will interview a short list of candidates.
Other financial aid

Because this program is part-time, it does not currently qualify for Canada or B.C. student loans. You may try to obtain funding through other sources, such as your personal banking institution.

There are currently no info sessions scheduled.

Alumni Authors

Our alumni have published dozens of books and other pieces.
Get inspired!

Find us in the media

The Huffington Post ranked our program as one of the world's top alternatives to a Creative Writing MFA.

Can't make it to class?

Take our online creative writing program.

The Writer's Studio Online