Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Nonfiction

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction provides students with the opportunity to understand the history, craft, art and issues involved in creative nonfiction writing; explore new and evolving publishing models; and work one-to-one with faculty and professional nonfiction writer-mentors to develop polished book proposals and manuscripts. Students will graduate with a professional book proposal and a substantial portion of a book-length creative nonfiction manuscript.

The two-year limited residency program is delivered over 24 months.

The program begins with an intensive nine-day on-site summer residency at King’s where students will attend lectures, seminars, workshops and readings, and choose the subject of their master's writing project as well as begin working with their first mentors.

During the fall semester, students will work one-to-one with their assigned mentors. Students are expected to complete their book proposals by the end of the fall semester. They will also undertake readings and assignments, and participate in online discussions as part of Writing Craft I.

In January, students will convene for a one-week residency in Toronto or New York (alternating years), where they will meet with professional publishers, editors, agents and experts in publishing and related fields.

One-to-one work on their book proposals and manuscripts will continue with assigned mentors in the spring semester.

During their second year, students will once again convene in Halifax for another nine-day summer residency where they will attend lectures, seminars, workshops and readings, work with their third- and fourth-semester mentors and then continue their writing and online studies throughout the fall.

During their fourth and final semester, students will - in addition to participating in their winter residency - complete their manuscript requirement with the guidance and assistance of their mentor and faculty supervisor.


Degree Requirements:

Year One - Summer residency I

JOUR 6100.03 Writing Craft I

JOUR 6101.06 Mentorship I

Winter residency I

JOUR 6102.03 Publishing I

JOUR 6103.06 Mentorship II


Year Two - Summer residency II

JOUR 6200.03 Writing Craft II

JOUR 6201.06 Mentorship III

Winter residency II

JOUR 6202.03 Publishing II

JOUR 6203.06 Mentorship IV 


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