Creative Writing - Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry

Creative Writing - Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry

Creative Writing - Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry (2016-2017)

How to Apply

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Program Length

Online only
Two semesters, beginning in September, January and May


Creative Writing - Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry

Contact Information

Hilary Higgins, program assistant
416.675.6622 ext. 3449


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $3,240.27
– international $3,615.27.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

Some scholarships are available.


Start DatesAvailability
2016 JanuaryClosed
2016 MayClosed
2016 SeptemberOpen
2017 JanuaryOpen
2017 MayOpen

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• A bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program.

Our Program

Humber’s Creative Writing – Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry graduate certificate program is a distance studio program offering aspiring writers the exceptional opportunity to work at home. There are no formal classes on site. Individual courses are offered in a non-traditional way with a distinguished faculty member critiquing your work of creative non-fiction, fiction, book of short stories or volume of poetry. The program is intended for students working on book-length projects. The program is customized to address the particular needs of your manuscript and may include assessments of your handling of plot, story, character, dialogue, pace and style, or may focus on the particular needs of the manuscript as determined by the writing advisor. Graduates have the satisfaction of completing a large body of work, which may include all or parts of a novel, volume of short stories or a book of poetry. Students are also referred to writing competitions.

Humber is noted for its exceptional faculty, including authors of world stature. This faculty list has included Edward Albee, Martin Amis, Peter Carey, Miriam Toews, David Mitchell, Nino Ricci, David Adams Richards and the late Timothy Findley, Paul Quarrington, Carol Shields and Alistair MacLeod. Forthcoming international authors include Aleksandar Hemon and Meg Wolitzer.

A virtual café exists through Blackboard to encourage writing students to interact and build a sense of community.

List of Courses

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Your Career

Canadians still love a good read. They spend 14 per cent of their leisure time reading, half of which is spent reading books. The main goal of the program is to improve your writing, and publication is a possibility for some. Graduates of this program may use their writing and editing skills in a wide variety of careers and professions in addition to writing books. Some of our graduates write for newspapers, magazines, television and other media. More than 300 Humber School for Writers alumni have published books of fiction or poetry and Dr. Vincent Lam, who won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his literary debut Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures, is just one of our distinguished former students. Other alumni have also been on the bestseller lists in Canada: Suzanne Desrochers for Bride of New France, Cathy Marie Buchanan for The Painted Girls and Eva Stachniak for Empress of the Night.

Our Industry Partnerships

Our program has strong relationships with industry partners. PEN Canada and Humber have worked together to employ refugee writers. The Writers’ Trust of Canada and HarperCollins Canada, among several others, provide generous scholarships. Other publishers and industry professionals advise Humber, including representatives from Random House Canada, Doubleday, HarperCollins Canada, ECW Press, Simon and Schuster, Coach House Books, and the International Festival of Authors.


Upcoming Events

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