The Interdisciplinary Center for Culture and Creativity (ICCC), along with the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan, have recently announced the outstanding new program: Masters of Fine Arts in Writing.
Centered within the University and anchored to the vibrant Saskatchewan writing community, this new initiative is welcome. Blending fiction and non-fiction, this two-year intensive writing program will be a spectacular addition to the Saskatchewan, Canadian, and world writing community. Good luck to all applicants!
I have attached the Program Information and Requirements from the ICCC website below. You may read it online at http://www.arts.usask.ca/iccc/writing/.
The MFA in Writing is a two-year program. In both years students take a variety of courses; in the second, students also complete a thesis. The thesis can be a substantial part of a novel, a substantial piece or series of non-fiction, a play, or a sequence of poems, or a collection of short stories.
The first year
In the first year, all students in this program take two 3cu Workshop courses, in which they are required to present work in two genres (for example, WRIT 800.3, Short Fiction and WRIT 801.3, Poetry). As well, each student will take an 800-level (or, where approved, undergraduate level) course in another subject: the relevance of this course to the student’s writing must be demonstrated, and prerequisite requirements must be satisfied.
Each student will take part in the program’s 990 colloquium The Profession of Writing, and in GSR 960, Introduction to Ethics and Integrity. During the first year, each student will be assigned an approved faculty supervisor. A co-supervisor, to be an established writer from the community with professional affiliate status in the College of Graduate Studies and Research, will also be assigned.
Successful completion of the first year thus entails the completion of 9cu of courses plus GSR 960, consistent participation in WRIT 990, and progress in WRIT 994 (the thesis).
The second year
In the second year, upon successful completion of year one’s requirements, all students in the program will be required to take two more Workshop courses, each in an additional, distinct genre. They will continue to participate in Writ 990. With regular supervision, including supervision throughout the summer, they will propose and carry out the thesis (WRIT 994). The second year will be completed with the submission and successful defense of the thesis.
Entry into the MFA in Writing requires a four-year Bachelor’s degree and a strong portfolio of writing. In exceptional cases, applicants without the degree may enter the program on a probationary basis: equivalency will be judged on previous participation in reputable workshops such as those offered by the Banff School of Fine Arts, the Sage Hill Writing Experience, and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild; on relevant work experience; and on substantial publication.
All applicants must submit to the Coordinator of the MFA in Writing a statement of intent, indicating the genre(s) of literature in which they wish to specialize. As well, applicants must submit three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, a University of Saskatchewan application form and application fee, and a portfolio of at least thirty pages of published and/or unpublished writing.
Applications should arrive no later than February 1st to be considered for admission in the fall of that year. Late applications will be considered only under exceptional circumstances.
•Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum average of 70% in the last two years (30%)
•Statement of intent
•Portfolio of 30 pages of writing (50%). This portfolio will be judged for evidence that the candidate has achieved a preliminary standard of originality, craft, style and literary sophistication
•3 letters of recommendation (10%)
•Official transcripts (10%)
•University of Saskatchewan on-line application form and application fee
•Language proficiency at the University’s standard (www.usask.ca/cgsr)