- Maximum 25 pages of drama, fiction, or creative non-fiction (Double-spaced, 12-point font)
- OR maximum 25 pages of poetry
- OR a combination of the above (maximum 25 pages; all prose must be double-spaced and 12-point font)
- Portfolio pages exceeding this length will not be read
- Do not submit academic essays
Deadline for Applications:
Please refer to the APPLICATION INFORMATION Page for detailed information about application deadlines.
To apply for the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing Program, please see the step-by-step instructions and the link to the SGS Online Application on the APPLICATION INFORMATION page.
Students are advised that applications for external awards (OGS and SSHRC) should be submitted to the appropriate funding body independently of their MA application. Deadlines for external awards begin in September of each year. All information regarding external awards can be found online through our FINANCIAL INFORMATION page.
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The M.A. program in English in the Field of Creative Writing usually requires 18-24 months to complete. Applicants must have an overall average of B+ or better and evidence of first-class work in English for admission to the program. The program requires the completion of two FCE’s (full course equivalents) in English; ENG6950Y Writing Workshop; and a supervised Writing Project (the equivalent of a thesis) completed under the direction of a mentor.
All candidates must complete the Writing Workshop in the first year of their program. Some sessions may feature on-campus visits from editors, publishers, professional archivists, researchers, and agents so that students can learn the pragmatics of the publishing industry. In their second year, students undertake a book-length Writing Project in a genre of choice – poetry, drama, fiction, or creative non-fiction. Each student is assigned a faculty member or adjunct faculty member with whom to consult on a regular basis about the Project. All advisors are published writers.
English 6950Y: All candidates for the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing must complete this workshop in the first year of their program. Students will also submit creative work in order to receive feedback from the instructor and fellow students, and this will allow them to develop their portfolios.
In the second year of the program, students will undertake a book-length Writing Project in a genre of choice (poetry, drama, fiction, or creative non-fiction). Each student will be assigned a faculty member or adjunct faculty member with whom to consult on a regular basis about the Project. All mentors will be published writers. The completed Project should normally be submitted before the beginning of April of the second year. The Department will then arrange an oral defense, to be chaired by the Director of the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing. The Writing Project can be designated as Pass, Fail, or Distinction.
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Student Financial Support
Students accepted into the MA Program in English in the Field of Creative Writing are eligible for teaching assistantships, including a number in Creative Writing courses. Each incoming domestic student also receives an Avie Bennett Emerging Writers Scholarship.
Students are strongly encouraged to apply for external funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Click here for more information and Department of English Application Deadlines.
I do not have 7 full-year (or equivalent) undergraduate courses in English. Can I still apply?
Because the program is an MA in English, students must have a strong background in English literature. Students who do not have sufficient undergraduate training may wish to take additional courses in English in order to qualify for admission.
My average is less than a B+. Can I still apply?
The academic requirements for admission to the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing are very strict. The B+ minimum must be met or a student’s portfolio will not be considered. Students who do not have an adequate GPA may wish to take additional courses in order to improve their academic standing and qualify for admission.
I have taken courses in literature in a language other than English. Can I apply?
Unless the texts were studied in English translation, courses in literature in a language other than English do not qualify students for admission to the program.
How should I choose what to submit?
Choose your best writing.
Can I apply to enroll in January?
There is only one entry point for students in the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing, which is September. Students may not begin the program in January.
Can I enroll in the MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing part-time?
Students must enroll full-time.
How much Financial Support can I expect?
Currently we are able to offer students in the Creative Writing program a TAship each year (number of hours TBA at the start of the program), to a maximum of two years. Successful applicants for the SSHRC CGS-M award can expect $17,500. OGS award holders can expect up to $15,000. Each student also receives an Avie Bennett Emerging Writers Scholarship in the first year.
For more information please contact us by e-mail, phone or Canada Post.
Director, MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing
Department of English
170 St. George Street
University of Toronto
Canada M5R 2M8
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