Part-time, in class The Writer’s Studio

Get hands-on creative writing training

The Writer’s Studio (which we also offer online) is a one-year, part-time creative writing program with an emphasis on learning in community. If you’re ready to develop or finish a novel, a book of poetry or lyrical prose, a collection of non-fiction, or another manuscript, you are an excellent candidate for the Studio. Our writers have diverse writing sensibilities and experience, ages, educational, cultural, and racial backgrounds and lived experience.

Striking a balance between a formal, full-time MFA creative writing program and individual writing courses, we offer training in writing theory, craft, and the business of writing. You’ll learn through one-on-one consultations with a mentor; a genre-specific mentor workshop group of nine writers; courses; public readings; producing our annual student anthology, emerge; and more.

Watch Meredith Quartermain, an award-winning Vancouver poet and our poetry mentor, speak about the importance of community for writers, advice for aspiring poets, what she looks for in students, and more.

Study under published authors

Your creative writing mentors and instructors are accomplished writers and published authors—and you’ll spend a lot of time with them. Past instructors have included Timothy Taylor, Rachel Rose, Steven Galloway, Lynn Coady, Ivan Coyote and Caroline Adderson. For current instructors, visit our mentors section.

The Writer’s Studio has one of the highest ratios of instructional contact hours per tuition dollar of any creative writing program in North America. In addition to learning with our mentors, you’ll have an opportunity to learn from other local authors, who will give talks and readings throughout the year.

"The Writer's Studio changed my life."— It's a common refrain for Janie Chang, the author of Three Souls. Chang completed her novel manuscript during her studies at The Writer's Studio. Read her story

Make creative writing part of your life

Although full-time creative writing programs have their undeniable benefits, we believe that learning how to sustain your writing within the realities of your daily life is crucial to becoming a successful writer. That’s why all of our program activities take place in the evenings and on weekends.

Be part of a community of writers

The community you build as a student in The Writer’s Studio won’t stop after you graduate. We actively foster an ongoing commitment among our writers through a wide range of alumni activities, including The Writer's Studio Reading Series (monthly), the Thursdays Writing Collective and writing consults at libraries around B.C.

There are also several opportunities for you to keep learning with us. You may join us for another year as an adjunct student to focus on finishing a manuscript, or work with a mentor as an apprentice.

Alumni Authors

Our alumni have published dozens of books and other pieces.
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Find us in the media

The Huffington Post ranked our program as one of the world's top alternatives to a Creative Writing MFA.

Can't make it to class?

Take our online creative writing program.