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Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity

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Program Coordinator Dr. Jeanette Lynes

Graduate Secretary Nadine Penner

Phone: (306) 966-5797

University of Saskatchewan
Room 522 Arts Building, 9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7N 5A5

Writing

The MFA in Writing balances the intensive study and practice of writing in several genres with an interdisciplinary flexibility. Students in the MFA in Writing produce a creative thesis in fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction. The MFA in Writing is housed in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity. Please visit the ICCC’s website for full details about the program. For further information, contact the Graduate Secretary, or the Program Coordinator.

Connecting with Saskatchewan’s community of writers, students work individually with a writer based on the complementary nature of the student’s project and the writer’s own style and genre. Saskatoon provides an environment that encourages the craft of writing. From a weekly-held poetry slam to independent theatre companies, twenty-five publishers, and award winning writers, literary arts are part of the city’s lifeblood.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

The deadline is in January each year. Please refer to the program website for exact dates.

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Check the funding pages of the College of Graduate Studies and Research website.

CAREER PATH

Our MFA students contribute actively to the cultural life of Saskatoon through events such as The River Volta Reading Series, Literary Eclectic, The Fieldstone Review (Department of English), Writing North and numerous other cultural events. Our students have also achieved considerable success in securing funding in a highly competitive environment.

M.F.A. +

The MFA in Writing is a two-year program. In both years students take a variety of courses; in the second, students also complete a thesis. The thesis can be a substantial part of a novel, a substantial piece or series of non-fiction, a play, or a sequence of poems, or a collection of short stories.

In the first year, all students in this program take two 3cu Workshop courses, in which they are required to present work in two genres (for example, WRIT 800.3, Short Fiction and WRIT 801.3, Poetry). As well, each student will take an 800-level (or, where approved, undergraduate level) course in another subject: the relevance of this course to the student’s writing must be demonstrated, and prerequisite requirements must be satisfied.


Each student will take part in the program’s 990 colloquium The Profession of Writing, and in GSR 960, Introduction to Ethics and Integrity. During the first year, each student will be assigned an approved faculty supervisor. A co-supervisor, to be an established writer from the community with professional affiliate status in the College of Graduate Studies and Research, will also be assigned.

Successful completion of the first year thus entails the completion of 9cu of courses plus GSR 960, consistent participation in WRIT 990, and progress in WRIT 994 (the thesis).

In the second year, upon successful completion of year one’s requirements, all students in the program will be required to take two more Workshop courses, each in an additional, distinct genre. They will continue to participate in Writ 990. With regular supervision, including supervision throughout the summer, they will propose and carry out the thesis (WRIT 994). The second year will be completed with the submission and successful defense of the thesis.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Four-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent with a minimum average of 70% in the last two years
  • Statement of intent
  • Portfolio of 30 pages of writing will be judged for evidence of a preliminary standard of originality, craft, style, and literary sophistication
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English proficiency requirements (TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.5).
  • Entry into the M.F.A. in Writing requires a four-year Bachelor's degree and a strong portfolio of writing. In exceptional cases, applicants without the degree may enter the program on a probationary basis: equivalency will be judged on previous participation in reputable workshops such as those offered by the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Sage Hill Writing Experience, and the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild; on relevant work experience; and on substantial publication.