Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction

University of King's College

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We’ve got your book.

Whether you are a mid-career writer, a journalist, or an aspiring author, King’s MFA is designed for you. Bring us your idea for a narrative nonfiction book, a collection of essays, or a biography or memoir and we can help you turn it into a manuscript that’s on the road to publication.

We’ll help you learn the craft and practice of being an author as you hone your skills under the mentorship of award-winning nonfiction writers and editors. With the additional help of top publishing professionals in Canada and the United States, you’ll do all this and more in just two years. The bonus, of course, is that you earn a prestigious MFA degree along the way.

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The MFA is a two-year limited-residency program consisting of two summer residences in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a winter residency that alternates between New York and Toronto. In the summer residency, students solidify their book proposals, learn structure and research skills through lectures and mentorships, and work with other students to fine-tune their prose. During the winter residencies in Toronto and New York, they meet with agents and editors, acquire the tools to be a professional writer, and learn about the business of writing.

Students work long-distance with their mentors in between these residences in order to move their manuscript to the next stage. This low-residency feature, and the exclusive focus on creative nonfiction, make the King’s MFA the only program of its kind in Canada.

It’s also one of the premier degree programs in North America for authors writing in this genre. Kim Pittaway, the Executive Director of the King’s MFA, has a 30-year career as a writer, editor and educator. Her teaching colleagues at King’s  – Stephen Kimber and Dean Jobb – along with the stellar group of writing mentors, are all published authors, award-winning journalists, and highly successful writing instructors. Together they have written or edited more than fifty books and been nominated for at least a hundred national magazine or newspaper awards. So far, almost 30 graduates of the program have published or are under contract to publish nonfiction books, and our alumni have been finalists for and winners of numerous nonfiction book awards, including the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Non-Fiction), the Pottersfield Creative Nonfiction Contest and more.

We invite you to take the challenge. Join other talented writers and our award-winning faculty and turn your great idea into an equally great book.

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The MFA is a limited-residency program, with one nine-day summer residency and a one-week winter residency each year. Students will pursue independent writing and research in the interim, in collaboration with a project mentor. Students are free to live anywhere in these interim periods.

The summer residencies run for nine days in June, and are focused on the crafts of structure, research and writing. They aim to develop a strong narrative focus and scope for your work.  The residency is a high-volume learning experience that is comprised of morning sessions with mentors, afternoon readings, lectures and guest lectures, and evening sessions featuring student readings and talkback.

The winter residencies run for one week in January, and are focused on the business of writing, and developing the skills necessary to be a working writer in nonfiction. Students will meet with literary agents, editors and publishers, and learn crucial skills like developing marketing plans for their book.  In addition, they will meet with their mentors to continue development on their book proposal and manuscript.

In the interim terms, students work with a mentor to progress on their book proposal and manuscript. They will establish a contract of deliverables with their mentors to be reviewed and updated each summer and winter session. Students may have a variety of mentors over the course of the program. Mentors are assigned to help students develop specific skills vital to the progress of their project.


Students cover travel, meal and accommodation costs themselves for the summer and winter residencies (in Halifax, Toronto and New York City). These expenses are not covered by tuition. If you are in need of accommodation during the summer residency, contact King’s Conference Services.

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