Speaking to Humber she explained how the mentorship of the Creative Writing Graduate Certificate helped her develop her craft saying, “I was devastated about not having a book published, but she kept telling me that it would eventually happen.” Mainly, the goal of the program is to improve writing skills using a project based curriculum.
Working closely alongside students, the program mentors and faculty help students understand their strength and weaknesses as writers while providing support to help complete manuscripts.
The advantage of joining the program is the personal approach to developing their craft with expert guidance from some of the best authors currently working in the business.
The program’s faculty included authors who work in various areas of the industry and whose works span various genres.
Most recently, graduate Liz Harmer was nominated for 2018’s Journey Prize for her short story Never Prosper, her novel The Amateurs was published in early 2018.
Another graduate of the program is new author Lindsay Wong who obtained the certificate in 2015 worked alongside author Jami Attenberg to write her debut short story collection and her new memoir The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons and My Crazy Chinese Family was just released this autumn.
Also, because the program is remote, students are given the opportunity to work from home without the hassle of having to attend class.
Beginning with helping students develop and understand the best narrative style to define their project, the certificate then delves into stylistic development.
We offer workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, drama and poetry.
Defining characteristics include innovative plenary courses, a semester-long mentorship with a professional writer, and the opportunity to design and teach creative writing workshops in downtown Toronto schools.