Part-time, online The Writer’s Studio — Online

Study creative writing online at SFU

Our 10-month program takes place entirely on the web, allowing you to experience the same award-winning Writer's Studio method from home—wherever that may be. In addition to taking online creative writing courses, you'll develop your writing through screen-to-screen, live and interactive writing workshops. Here’s what to expect:

  • Modules
    For each weekly module, you will need about three hours to complete readings, assignments and discussions. You do not have to be online at specific times, but you’ll need to pay attention to deadlines for assignments and discussions.
  • Workshopping
    Your workshop group will meet twice a month via videoconference, typically on a Tuesday night, 6:30-9pm (PST). The day and time may change to accommodate the different time zones of participants. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the day/time will change, since it will depend on the where each student is located. Meeting times will be decided after the program starts and the groups have been set.
  • Mentoring
    During the program you will have three live one-on-one sessions with your mentor using the same videoconference system. The dates and times of the sessions will be set individually with your mentor.
  • Other live sessions
    We also offer live sessions with guest speakers, presenters and readers. Most live sessions will take place on Saturdays, 12-3pm (PST), and will be recorded so that if you cannot attend, you can watch the video later. For privacy reasons, however, workshops will not be recorded.
    You can view the specific dates/times of workshops and other live sessions on our calendar.

Technical information

You’ll access the online courses through Canvas, our learning management system, which is available through SFU’s website. Canvas is extremely user-friendly—even if you’ve never studied online before. All you need is a computer with an internet connection.

For a list of Canvas-supported operating systems and web browsers, visit our supported web browsers page.

To learn more about Canvas, visit the SFU Canvas Student Guide.

For workshops and other live sessions, we use a videoconference software called Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, which you will access through Canvas.

Note: Because the workshops and live sessions use video and audio streaming, you will need a strong, stable internet connection. You can find more information about the videoconference system here.

For general information on learning online at SFU, watch our video series.

* Typical two-year MFA program at other institutions