Part-time, online The Writer’s Studio Online

TWS Online - Program details

Format

100% online

We also offer The Writer's Studio in Vancouver.
Schedule

Visit The Writer's Studio calendar  for times of workshops and live sessions.

You'll work through two and a half semesters:

September–December

  • Complete the fall core course, Creative Writing 1, and meet with your workshop group
  • Attend the online mentor readings 

January–April

  • Complete the spring core course, Creative Writing 2, and meet with your workshop group
  • Attend and participate in online student readings

May–June

  • Participate in mentor consults and meet with your workshop group
  • Complete your final portfolio
  • Attend the guest author panel

 

Duration 10 months
Upcoming term
September 2017–June 2018
Courses There are seven courses in addition to several other activities.
Learning materials We will provide all learning materials.
Tuition

Tuition is $5,000, which includes the $100 admission fee. The entire tuition fee, which is non-refundable after classes begin, is due on August 9.

Financial aid information is available in the table below.

Application fee $75 (non-refundable
Application deadline

The first round of applications is open from May 1 - July 3.

After this date, we will continue to accept applications until seats have filled. Once a seat in a genre has filled, new applicants will be placed on a waitlist or considered for a second genre. If no spots are available in either group, we will place you on the waitlist for the group of your first choice.

The Writer's Studio Online is a web-based version of The Writer's Studio, our award-winning creative writing program.

Format

100% ONLINE

In this option, you'll complete all coursework and workshops online. You'll participate in live workshops through SFU's video-conferencing software.  

Curriculum

In addition to writing workshops with your mentor and your genre group, you'll take these online course modules:

  • Manuscript Critique for Writers
  • Writing as a Vocation
  • The RPMs (Rhetoric, Process and Material) of Writing
  • Possibilities of Form in Poetry and Prose
  • Cross-Genre Workshops
  • Pen and Sword: Legal and Ethical Issues in the Creative Writing Profession
  • Minding Your Manuscript
  • Getting Published: From Manuscript to Book

Technical information

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

You may log into Canvas beginning on the first day of each course. 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.

Compare us to an MFA

    TWS
Online
TWS
Vancouver
MFA Program*
Location   Online          Vancouver Various
Cost   $5,000 $5,000 $20,000–$40,000
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   141 141 Varies
Student's work published
at the end of the program
  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.

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT ELIGIBILITY HOW TO APPLY
Writing Mom Scholarship
$500**
This scholarship is open to mothers with children under the age of 18. This scholarship is trans-inclusive.


In your application to The Writer’s Studio, add a second page to your cover letter stating that you would like to be considered for this scholarship. Also include information about yourself and how this scholarship will help.  
emerging Writer Scholarship $500**
This scholarship is open to all applicants of The Writer's Studio.   In your application to The Writer’s Studio, add a second page to your cover letter stating that you would like to be considered for this scholarship. Also include information about yourself and how this scholarship will help.

**The amount of the scholarships is determined by donations from our alumni at our monthly readings and the launch of emerge: The Writer's Studio Anthology.

Graduation

After successfully completing the program, you'll graduate with an SFU Creative Writing Certificate.

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.

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Join us at our monthly reading series

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