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University of Guelph

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 187, Station E

Toronto, ON M6H 4E2


Physical address:

University of Guelph Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

(at The University of Guelph Humber) 207 Humber College Blvd

Toronto, ON M9W 5L7



Program director: Catherine Bush

Program contact: Meaghan Strimas

Phone: (647) 459-1331


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: residency

Length of program: 2 years, full-time

Genres: creative nonfiction, drama, fiction, poetry

Enrollment: 24

Application deadlines: December 16

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Dionne Brand, Catherine Bush, Judith Thompson, Karen Connelly, Russell Smith, Michael Winter

Visiting faculty: Aleksandar Hemon, Sheila Heti, Yann Martel, Lisa Moore, John Mighton, Shyam Selvadurai, Michael Ondaatje, Fransciso Goldman, Emma Donoghue, Heather O’Neill, A.L. Kennedy, Ben Lerner, Karen Solie, Dennis Lee, Margaret Christakos

Publishing/editing courses: no

Reading series: Speakeasy

Recent visiting writers: Aleksandar Hemon, Sheila Heti, Yann Martel, John Mighton, Lisa Moore, Shyam Selvadurai

Program description: Since September 2006, the University of Guelph has offered an exciting Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program in Creative Writing, located in the University of Guelph-Humber building on the north campus of Humber College in Toronto. Our stellar faculty includes Dionne Brand, Catherine Bush, and Judith Thompson as well as associated faculty Karen Connelly, Russell Smith, and Michael Winter, among others. We offer workshops in creative nonfiction, drama, fiction, and poetry.

Defining characteristics of the program include the innovative plenary courses “Writers on Writing” and “Writers in the World,” a semester-long mentorship with a professional writer, the participation of a wide range of well-established writers from Canada and abroad as associated faculty, mentors and visitors, and alliances with a variety of cultural organizations in the Toronto area. We emphasize reading as essential to the art of writing and promote the idea of an engaged writing practice. We offer students such pedagogical initiatives as the Parkdale Project, the opportunity to design and teach creative writing workshops in a downtown Toronto public school. We attract a diverse student body and are proud of the trail-blazing publication and production accomplishments of our growing number of alumni. Through the program, we aim to offer students stimulating, challenging, and engaging ways to shape a writing life.