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About the MFA in Writing

The goal of the Masters of Fine Arts in Writing program is the training of a writer in the professional and creative aspects of the craft. The MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan balances the intensive study and practice of writing in several genres with an interdisciplinary flexibility. To the study of poetry, fiction and playwriting, the program adds a variety of non-fiction genres, allowing students to merge a wide variety of intellectual interests with their writing ambitions.

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Recent News

MFA SuccessNew MFA Grads (Class of 2014) Share Tips on 'Success in the MFA in Writing' 

On October 20, three MFA in Writing Graduates presented a Writ 990 Panel on “Tips for Success in the MFA.” Dee Hobsbawn-Smith, James Pepler, Sheila Janzen dished on how to make the most of the two years of the MFA. Elise Godfrey offered tips as well, via email. Fresh out of the program, Hobsbawn-Smith, Janzen, Pepler, and Godfrey graduated in October 2014. Godfrey emphasized balance when choosing what work to submit to peers for workshops – most definitely not first draft material – rather, material that has gone through a couple of revisions and needs a further push. Hobsbawn-Smith advised ‘do more’, ‘always do more’, thus generating a trove of writing. Janzen described the MFA defense as a ‘really great conversation’ and a rare opportunity to receive feedback from engaged readers. Hobsbawn-Smith stressed making the most of the mentorship, an opportunity to work intensively with a professional writer. Pepler advised: ‘don’t take yourself too seriously but take your work seriously’. He also overviewed the many resources available for graduate students including a ranked list of ‘best places to write on campus’. Program Coordinator Jeanette Lynes encouraged students to get involved in the writing community in Saskatoon – a ‘cultural hub’ – as an excellent way to build a professional network. The session was well attended by new MFA students and those who recently completed their mentorships. 


MFA in Writing Mentor Sandra Birdsell Wins Prestigious Award

Sandra Birdsell has been a mentor with the MFA in Writing at the U of S from the program’s beginning in 2011 and we were thrilled that on September 16, 2014, she was awarded the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence.  Read more 


Leah MacLean-Evans First MFA in Writing Student to Win Dean’s Scholarship

Leah MacLean-Evans will begin the MFA in Writing this fall, and she has been awarded a Dean’s Scholarship. Leah grew up in Ottawa and graduated from Canterbury High School’s Literary Arts Program in 2010. Currently, she is completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology and her honours thesis is on the variables affecting how French readers make decisions about the congruence of grammatical gender. For the past three years, Leah has worked as a Communications Assistant in the International Development Department at the Canadian Co-operative Association. Her short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry have appeared in The Globe and Mail and On Spec Magazine, among other publications. Leah is the first MFA in Writing student to win a Dean’s Scholarship.


First Book Published by MFA in Writing Student

wildness rushing inWildness Rushing In, a poetry collection by dee Hobsbawn-Smith (Fiction, 2014) has just been released by Hagios Press. "Writing with passion and wit," Don McKay says of this collection. A book launch will be held on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:00 pm at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon.  Congratulations, dee!  For more information on the book, click here.

 

 

 


MFA in Writing Newsletter, Vol. 2, Winter 2014, Just Released!

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BunnyhugA Tradition in the Making – The MFA ‘Bunnyhug’ 

Some university students, on graduating, receive a golden ring. Others a silver pin. Here on the prairies, we like to stay warm and cozy, and do things a bit differently. Our first MFA graduates (Class of 2013) received a bunnyhug. No, this is not an embrace from a warm fuzzy animal before it hops quickly away towards an endless horizon. A bunnyhug is known, in some parts of the world, as a ‘hoodie’. In Saskatchewan a bunnyhug is a bunnyhug is a bunnyhug. Each MFA class chooses its ‘text’ to be printed on the back of the hoodie. The first graduating text was composed by Andrea Ledding: “I came for the bunnyhug – I stayed for the MFA in Writing’. This year’s graduating text is now being drafted collaboratively. Will the Class of 2014 top this witty text and come up with something better? Stay tuned!   


MFA in Writing 'Celestial Writers Fundraising Campaign' to Launch in 2014

Stay posted for details on how to support the MFA in Writing through our first fundraising campaign.


MFA in Writing Students Launch New Reading Series - The River Volta

MFA in Writing students Chelsea Forbes and Sara-Jane Gloutnez launch The River Volta Reading Series in October.  The inaugural reading will be held at D'Lish Cafe (702A 14th St E) from 7pm-9pm on October 23, featuring reader Mari-Lou Rowley and open-mic readings.

For more information, please see:

https://www.facebook.com/therivervolta


First GraduationMFA in Writing Graduates First Students!

At U of S Convocation Ceremonies on October 26, 2013, the first four MFA in Writing students in the history of the University of Saskatchewan crossed the stage and received their degrees.  Feature story

 


LeddingMFA in Writing Student Andrea Ledding Shortlisted for Lieutenant-Governor's 2013 Emerging Artist Award

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MFA in Writing Student Awarded Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship

MFA in Writing student dee Hobsbawn-Smith has been awarded a Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship of $10,000. The award is to support her research for a novel, The Dryland Diaries, which explores a Hutterite family in the dryland farms of central Saskatchewan.

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Learn More About the MFA in Writing from Program Coordinator Jeanette Lynes and MFA Students

 

 

 

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