Part-time, in class or online The Writer’s Studio

Award-winning author Gurjinder Basran shares what she learned at the Writer's Studio. 

Program elements

Workshopping and mentorship

During the year, you’ll work with a mentor in a workshop group focused on one of four genres:

  • Fiction
  • Young adult and genre fiction
  • Poetry and lyric prose
  • Narrative non-fiction

Based on your application, a mentor will invite you to join their workshop group. With this group, you will meet every two weeks to review each other’s writing and receive feedback from your mentor. This will allow you to receive regular feedback on your work and learn more about the craft of writing.

See our Vancouver program or online program for a list of current mentors.

Formal learning

As part of the Writer’s Studio curriculum, you’ll take a series of courses on the creative and professional aspects of writing. Visit the curriculum section for the Vancouver program or the online program and click on a course name for details.

One-on-one mentor meetings

Over the course of the program, you will have three one-on-one sessions with your mentor. During your one-hour meeting, you can discuss your writing, identify goals and ask for advice on advancing your writing career.

Mentor readings

Each mentor will read from a selection of their published work, give an informal talk about their writing process and professional life and share tips on giving effective public readings.

Guest author panel

We also invite local and regional authors to read from their recently published books. Each will give an informal talk about their writing process and professional life, and answer questions.

Student readings

You will build confidence in reading your own work in public as you read to a live audience.

Creative Writing Certificate

Students who successfully complete the Writer’s Studio's core courses, electives and final portfolio (for a total of 141 hours) will graduate from the program with a Creative Writing Certificate and earn full SFU alumni status with all its accompanying benefits.