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Since September 2006, the University of Guelph has offered an innovative Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program in Creative Writing, housed in the University of Guelph-Humber building in Toronto, the most richly diverse city in the country. The program welcomes and is structured to nurture and support many voices and wide imaginaries. Our distinguished faculty and our many acclaimed graduates recognize the power of language to summon a different world. Defining characteristics include the plenary courses Writers on Writing and Writers in the World, the participation of a diverse range of writers from Canada and abroad, class visits from industry professionals, and alliances with a number of cultural organizations in the Toronto area.

Required courses include three intensive semester-long workshops, two reading-based plenary courses, and an individual study course with a professional writer. The program culminates in a book-length thesis project. Workshops address the following genres: creative nonfiction, drama, fiction and poetry. The CW MFA is a full-time program and has been designed to facilitate completion within two years.

The program provides students with various opportunities to connect with the arts and culture community, and especially to make contact with well-established writers from across Canada and abroad. In its curriculum and with respect to the writers who participate as workshop instructors, mentors, and visitors, the MFA program has both a national and an international reach while taking full advantage of its location in Toronto. We offer fall Master Classes in partnership with Harbourfront’s International Festival of Authors
and provide extra-curricular pedagogical opportunities such as the Parkdale Project, a community outreach initiative in downtown Toronto schools. Numerous other links – with the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, the Humber School for Writers, Humber College, and Toronto theatres, for example – provide MFA students with extraordinary possibilities for professional development.

Program Highlights
-Students are offered an immersive opportunity to develop as writers in a professionally stimulating and intellectually challenging environment.
-Unique reading-based plenary courses, Writers on Writing and Writers in the World, bring together all students in the program for dynamic debates on the writing life and craft.
-Semester-long opportunity for one-on-one study with a professional writer
-Guaranteed funding for the six semesters of enrollment
-Work opportunities through the Humber Writing Centre

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