The Writer’s Studio Part-time, in class

The Writer's Studio details

Schedule The Writer’s Studio runs from January to mid-December each year. All of the courses, workshops, and events take place on weeknights and some Saturdays.

You'll work through three semesters:

January–June

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

July–August

  • 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)

September–December

  • 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.
Application deadline October 31
Format Part-time in Vancouver
We also offer The Writer's Studio Online.
Tuition $5,000 (includes $100 admission fee)

Tution is due on December 9.
Learning materials We’ll give you a list of required textbooks, if applicable, before your courses begin. We will provide all other course materials.
Application fee $75 (non-refundable

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

  TWS Online TWS
Vancouver
MFA Program*
Location Online Vancouver Various
Cost $5,000 $5,000 $20,000
Full-time/Part-time Part-time Part-time Full-time
Duration 10 months 11 months 2 years
Months Sep–Jun Jan–Nov Sep–Apr
Total hours 140 140 Varies
Get your work published
at the end of the program
Yes Yes No

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.
New for 2015: The Yale Road Scholarship
  • Full scholarship to the Writer’s Studio for 2015.
  • 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 2015 to May 2016.
  • 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.

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The Writer's Studio Online

Can't make it to class?
Take our online creative writing program.

Become a writer at The Writer's Studio

Contact us

Email: learn@sfu.ca

Phone: 778-782-8000