Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Reflect on editorial feedback to determine core strengths and weaknesses of one’s own work.
Self-evaluate written work focusing on key elements of creative writing such as character, dialogue, plot, theme, setting, imagery and structure/form.
Apply techniques and strategies acquired through editorial feedback, self-evaluation, reading and self-directed learning to revise and improve one’s own writing.
Employ conventions of grammar, punctuation, spelling and other aspects of technical style within the context of narrative/poetic traditions to write in a clear and professional manner.
Revise and improve elements of literary style such as detail, diction, syntax, active voice, rhythm and tone to sustain reader engagement at the level of the sentence/line.
Manage point of view and associated issues of narrative/poetic voice such as the sociocultural identity and reliability of the narrator/speaker to create a consistent, convincing reading experience.
Employ a variety of research methods to support authentic, convincing writing in narrative/poetic forms.
Explore techniques and strategies used in published works to assess for application to one’s own writing.
Identify prevailing genres, forms and submission requirements present in the publishing industry and literary community to discover professional options for writers.
Learn from industry professionals while earning your credential online!
Apply early to increase your chance of being paired with your preferred mentor.
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September 2020 Faculty
David Bezmozgis, a writer and filmmaker, is the author of Natasha and Other Stories, The Free World, The Betrayers and Immigrant City.
Dennis Bock has been hailed by The Globe and Mail as “Canada’s next great novelist."
Danila Botha is the critically acclaimed author of two short story collections, Got No Secrets, and For All the Men (and Some of the Women) I've Known, which was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, The Vine Awards and The ReLit Award.
An editor and writer for more than 30 years, Trevor Cole has won nine National Magazine Awards, including three gold medals.
Kim Fu is the author of two novels and a collection of poetry. Her most recent novel, The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award.
Trilby Kent was born in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up in cities on both sides of the Atlantic. After completing degrees at Oxford University and The London School of Economics, she trained as a maps specialist in the rare books department at Bonhams.
John Metcalf is a writer and editor. He directs editorially the Porcupine’s Quill Press and also edits the critical journal Canadian Notes and Queries.
Alison Pick is the author of the novel FAR TO GO, longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize.
When Robert Rotenberg was 15, he sent a short story to the New Yorker. He kept the rejection letter, on their letterhead no less, for years.
Richard Scarsbrook is the award-winning author of nine books: the novels Cheeseburger Subversive, Featherless Bipeds, The Monkeyface Chronicles, Nothing Man and The Purple Zero, The Indifference League, and Rockets Versus Gravity, the short story collection Destiny’s Telescope, and the poetry books Six Weeks and Apocalypse One Hundred.
Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Diane Schoemperlen is the author of fourteen books, including 9 short story collections, 3 novels, and 2 books of literary non-fiction.
Richard Scrimger, the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and adults, has led writing workshops around the world. Recent novels feature an almost epic superhero and the back end of Laura Secord’s cow.
Shyam Selvadurai's first novel Funny Boy, won the W.H. Smith/ Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Lambda Literary Award in the US. He is the author of Cinnamon Gardens and Swimming in the Monsoon Sea, and the editor of an anthology, Story-wallah! A Celebration of South Asian Fiction.
Olive Senior is the prizewinning author of 18 books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children’s literature. Her many literary awards include the Commonwealth Writers Prize for her first book, Summer Lightning and most recently the 2016 OCM Bocas Award for Caribbean Literature for The Pain Tree.
Sarah Sheard, novelist, editor, and multidisciplinary artist, has published numerous personal essays and four literary novels (Almost Japanese, The Swing Era, The Hypnotist, Krank: Love in the New Dark Times).
Antanas Sileika is the author of five books of fiction and a memoir. He has written extensively for newspapers and magazines. He is a winner of a National Magazine Award and has been short-listed for the Leacock Medal for Humour as well as the Toronto book Award.
Cordelia Strube is an accomplished playwright and the author of ten critically acclaimed novels, including Alex & Zee, Teaching Pigs to Sing, and Lemon.
Sam Wiebe is the author of the Vancouver crime novels Cut You Down, Invisible Dead, and Last of the Independents, and the editor of the anthology Vancouver Noir.
January 2021 Faculty
David Bergen has published nine novels and a collection of short stories. In 2005 he won the Giller Prize for The Time in Between. His novels have been shortlisted for the IMPAC Literary Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award.
Giles Blunt's first "Cardinal" novel, Forty Words for Sorrow, won the British Crime Writers Silver Dagger award, and the second, The Delicate Storm, won the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis award for best novel, as did the latest, Until the Night.
Author of twelve books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, Karen Connelly is a writer, educator and therapist in private practice.
Elisabeth de Mariaffi
Elisabeth de Mariaffi is the critically acclaimed author of three books: the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated short story collection How to Get Along with Women, the literary thriller The Devil You Know, and the brand-new Hysteria, released in March, 2018.
Elizabeth J. Duncan
Elizabeth J. Duncan is the multiple award-winning author of two traditional mystery series: Penny Brannigan, set in North Wales and Shakespeare in the Catskills, set in upstate New York.
Adam Foulds has been the recipient of a number of literary awards, including the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, the Costa Poetry Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the South Bank Show Prize for Literature, the E. M. Forster Award, the Encore Award, and the European Union Prize For Literature.
Camilla Gibb is the author of four novels—Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life, Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement—and has been the recipient of the Trillium Book Award, the City of Toronto Book Award and the CBC Canadian Literary Award and has been short listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Playwriting students will work with Marcia Johnson. Marcia is a Toronto-based actor, writer, dramaturge and audiobook director. Her most recent play (in which she also acted) had its world premiere at Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops in February 2020.
Ashley Little has written three novels for young adults and two novels for adults. Her work has won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, been a finalist for the ReLit Award, The City of Vancouver Book Award, and more.
Colin McAdam has a PhD in English from Cambridge University. He has mentored writers at the Banff Centre and the University of Guelph-Humber. His first novel, Some Great Thing, won the Amazon/Books in Canada Best First Novel Award.
Pamela Mordecai’s debut novel, Red Jacket, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction award. A collection of short fiction, Pink Icing was recently released as an audiobook, read by herself, in ECW’s Bespeak Audio Editions.
Donna Morrissey has published six award-winning and nationally best-selling novels through Penguin Canada. She has received awards in Canada, the U.S. and England and her novel, Sylvanus Now was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize.
Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation on Georgian Bay. He has written three fiction titles, and his short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies.
Dianne Warren is a fiction writer from western Canada. She is the author of six books of fiction, including the novel Cool Water, which won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction in 2010.
Tim Wynne-Jones is an English-Canadian author of thirty-seven books for people of all ages from picture books to young adult novels as well as three adult novels.
Alissa York’s internationally acclaimed novels include Mercy, Effigy (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize), Fauna and, most recently, The Naturalist. Stories from her short fiction collection, Any Given Power, won the Journey Prize and the Bronwen Wallace Award.
Since 1992, the School for Writers has offered an immersive, focused workshop to jump start your creative writing. Mornings are spent in classes with one of Humber’s esteemed writing advisors, and afternoons are devoted to craft and industry talks by faculty, publishing experts and special guests. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced writer, there’s something for you in this six-day workshop! In 2019, the Workshop in Creative Writing runs from July 7 to 12 at Humber's Lakeshore Campus.
The Creative Writing by Correspondence Program is a complement to the Humber Summer Workshop in Creative Writing, the two together comprising a flexible and affordable alternative to a standard low-residency MFA.
As of 2017, students who complete the Correspondence Program are eligible for a $300 rebate for the Summer Workshop and vice versa.
The rebate is valid for three calendar years; thus students who complete the Creative Writing by Correspondence program in 2019 will be able to apply their rebate for the Summer Workshop through July 2022.
Humber Creative Writing by Correspondence graduates can work towards a master’s degree from the comfort of their own homes! Thanks to a new arrangement, graduates are eligible for advanced standing in the highly regarded University of Gloucestershire (U.K.) distance MA Creative Writing program. Furthermore, this pathway may lead to a PhD for those who qualify.
Creative Writing mentors and professors are among the most accomplished poets, novelists and memoirists working in Canada and the United States. Full-time professors include David Bezmozgis, a critically acclaimed filmmaker and the author of two novels and two short story collections, and Alissa York, an award-winning novelist and story writer with five published books to her name.
“Humber School for Writers was one of my first experiences with writing workshops. I was amazed by how my work jumped to a new level in such a short period of time due to the generosity, experience, and intelligence of my peers and mentors. I said I’d do it again, and I did! Two summers in a row.”
- Madhur Anand, Author, A New Index for Predicting Catastrophes
Thanks to the dedicated support of our generous donors, the Humber School for Writers is able to offer a variety of needs-based and merit scholarships to support and foster emerging literary talent.
All scholarships are available to Canadian residents only, and Appel scholarships are available to Ontario residents only. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, please indicate your interest on Slideroom, the website where you complete your application to the program. If you are accepted to the program, you will be contacted directly to initiate the process of providing documentation to demonstrate financial need. Those who do not provide supporting documentation will not be considered for needs-based scholarships.
If you are awarded a scholarship, payment will come some weeks after the program begins. You must make payment up front and be reimbursed later.
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, the web and other media. More than 300 Humber School for Writers alumni have published books. 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 been on the bestseller lists in Canada: Suzanne Desrochers for Bride of New France, Cathy Marie Buchanan for The Painted Girls, Shari Lapena for The Couple Next Door, and Eva Stachniak for The Chosen Maiden.
Comedy: Writing and Performance
Length: 4 semesters
Creative Book Publishing
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Length: 1 semester
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Length: 2 semesters
Television Writing and Producing
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Length: 2 semesters
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Journalism students premiere documentary at LA film festival
Wed, October 14, 2020
Pearl Under Pressure, a documentary short by Lucy Lau and Harmony Multani, had its public premiere at the Los Angeles Lift Off Film Festival.
The 12-minute film, the pair's capstone project for the Journalism graduate certificate program, highlights efforts to combat child abuse in Uganda. The film grew out of a health and social change intiative led by Denmark's University College Absalon with partial funding from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
Read more about Lau and Multani's film and their experience documenting the stories of women and children in Uganda.
Emmy Award-winning grad shares secret to her success
Tue, October 06, 2020
She spoke to Humber Today about her work, what it's like to collaborate with the Duffer Brothers, and how she went from Humber Film to Hollywood sound editor. Read her full interview.
Humber to light up the night during virtual Nuit Blanche Toronto
Fri, October 02, 2020
Humber College and Humber Galleries are hosting five projects for Nuit Blanche Toronto Online on Saturday, October 3.
Humber is the only participating postsecondary institution and the five projects--available for online viewing for 12 hours starting at 7 pm--are the most by any participating institution.
Learn more about Nuit Blanche Toronto 2020, or find out more about the Humber-sponsored projects, including a short film by students in the College's Indigenous Transmedia Fellowship and a composition by a Bachelor of Music graduate.
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Faculty of Media & Creative Arts News
Media & Creative Arts Anti-Racism Action Plan
Thu, June 25, 2020
In being accountable to our communities and to ourselves, our Action Plan will ensure transparency and collaboration around the work we need to do.
It’s hard, I know. But, you’ll get there.
Mon, May 11, 2020
To those students who are worried, stressed, confused, and lost, I understand.
Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists
Thu, June 13, 2019
96.9 Radio Humber teamed up with the Broadcast Television/Videography Program to bring Canadian artists on campus for an interview and performance.
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