Type: 30 weeks
Start Dates: September, January, May
The Correspondence Program in Creative Writing is intended for students working on book-length projects. It gives aspiring writers the rare opportunity to work on a novel, collection of short stories, volume of poetry, or piece of creative non-fiction with one of the school’s distinguished faculty. Students receive extensive feedback via either regular or electronic mail and learn to improve and refine their craft. Students may also share their experience in a closed web lounge. Each 30-week program is specifically designed for those who prefer working at their own pace and in their own space.
Over 300 of our graduates have gone on to publish books traditionally. Many others have self-published.
Applicants may choose from three start dates: September, or January, or May.
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 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 & Miraculous Cures, is just one of our distinguished former students. Other alumni have also been on the bestseller lists in Canada: Suzanne Desrochers for Brides of New France, Cathy Marie Buchanan for Painted Girls, and Eva Stachniak for Empress of the Night.
Our program has strong relationships with industry partners. PEN Canada and Humber have worked together to employ refugee writers. The Writers’ Trust of Canada and HarperCollins Canada among several others provide generous scholarships. Other publishers and industry professionals advise Humber, including representatives from Random House Canada, Doubleday, ECW Press, Simon and Schuster, Coach House and the International Festival of Authors.
The Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs is an organization that promotes the study and teaching of creative writing in Canada. Every Canadian creative writing educator or student should consider joining.