Part-timeThe Writer’s Studio

Application requirements

We welcome students with diverse backgrounds, ages and lived experience. Each year our cohort will include writers of different writing sensibilities, as well as educational, cultural and racial backgrounds.

Being published is not a requirement of the program. While each writer will have their own personal goals for entering the program, we regularly see three types of students:

  • Students who do not have a specific project in mind but would like to improve their writing
  • Students who want to work on one project
  • Students who start on one project but change midway through the year

Over the years, we’ve seen all three types of students succeed in our program and beyond. 

How to apply

As part of the online application process, you will be asked to include the following:

  1. Cover Letter (one page)
    • State why the Writer's Studio is right for you. To learn what each mentor looks for in an application, visit the selection process page
    • Please list two genre groups for which you would like to be considered (i.e., fiction, non-fiction, poetry, speculative/YA fiction). 
    • If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please add a second page to your letter. First review the eligibility requirements on our tuition and scholarships page.
  2. Writing Résumé (one page)
    • A profile or résumé detailing all your writing-related activities.
    • Please include any of the following:
      • previous writing training (programs, courses, workshops)
      • publication experience if applicable, but not required (books, articles, blog entries, etc.)
      • community involvement (book clubs, writing groups, readings you've attended, etc.)
  3. Writing Sample (20 pages)

A sample of writing that shows us your range (in topics and genres) as a writer.

Your writing sample can be a single piece or multiple pieces of writing, as long as the total does not exceed 20 pages. As well, your sample can be in one genre or multiple genres.

Writing sample formatting guidelines

  • Title of your work(s), if it has one, at the top centre of the page
  • Your name on the top right of the page
  • Page numbers on the bottom right of the page
  • Double-spaced (for poetry, use 1.15 line spacing)
  • 12-point font

For application fee and deadline, visit Program details.