Current Size: 100%
Program Code: 12231
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Two semesters, beginning in September, January and May
Our studio program offers aspiring writers the exceptional opportunity to work at home. Individual courses are not offered in the traditional way. Instead, one of Humber’s distinguished faculty members critiques your work of creative non-fiction, fiction, book of short stories, or volume of poetry. 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 mentor. 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, Alistair Macleod, Carol Shields, Miriam Toews and the late Timothy Findley and Paul Quarrington. Forthcoming international authors include Rachel Kushner and Tim O’Brien.
Humber also has a literary agency to champion the publication of promising works. Selected student manuscripts are passed on to publishers through the Humber School for Writers (HSW) Literary Agency. A virtual café exists through Blackboard to encourage writing students to interact and build a sense of community.
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 the writing of participants. Publication is a possibility for some, but no program can guarantee publication. 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 for his literary debut Bloodletting &amp;amp; Miraculous Cures, is just one of our distinguished former students. At this writing, three other alumni are on the bestseller lists in Canada: Suzanne Desrochers for Brides of New France and Roberta Rich for The Midwife of Venice, as well as Eva Stachniak for The Winter Palace.
PEN Canada and Humber have worked together to employ refugee writers. The Writers’ Trust of Canada and HarperCollins Canada provide generous scholarships. Other publishers and industry professionals advise Humber, including representatives from Random House Canada, Doubleday, Exile Editions, Thomas Allen, and the International Festival of Authors.
Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.
Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.
Meeting the minimum requirements doesnot guarantee admission to the program.
The 2013/2014 fee for two semesters is
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2013/2014 academic year. Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.
|Course Code||Course Name|
|WRIT 5001||Narrative Styles 1|
|WRIT 5003||Character, Plot and Stylistic Development|
|WRIT 5005||Editing for Publication 1|
|WRIT 5007||Issues in Contemporary Writing|
|WRIT 5009||Freelance Writing|
|Course Code||Course Name|
|WRIT 5500||Narrative Styles 2|
|WRIT 5501||Advance Character, Plot and Stylistic Development|
|WRIT 5502||Editing for Publication 2|
|WRIT 5503||The Business of Writing|
|WRIT 5504||The Writer and the Media|