Canada’s only master’s program in creative nonfiction will welcome its first students in August 2013. Creative nonfiction–using the techniques of novelists, such as plot and dialogue, to tell true-life stories–is North America’s fastest growing literary genre. But up until now, no university program in Canada, and very few across North America, have focused on it.
The new MFA is a two-year limited residency program. Students can earn their degrees while continuing to live and work wherever they choose. During the course of their studies, students attend two intense, two-week writing-focused summer residencies on the King’s campus and two equally intense one-week publishing-focused winter residencies, one in New York and and one in Toronto.
When not attending residencies, students work one-to-one with some of Canada’s finest nonfiction writer-mentors while they complete their own major projects: a professional book proposal and at least 200 pages of a finished creative nonfiction book.
"A specialist program is hugely needed and to see such a program launched in Canada is really exciting," says Anne Collins, publisher at the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group and herself the winner of Canada’s 1988 Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction. She is also on the advisory board for the new program.
The University of King’s College School of Journalism and the Dalhousie University Faculty of Graduate Studies will jointly offer the new degree (pending formal approval by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission).
Learn more about the new program.