The Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia is Canada’s oldest, largest and most prestigious writing program. We offer courses in eleven genres, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, on-campus in Vancouver or by distance education from anywhere in the world.

We are excited to be joining other prestigious universities offering online courses with new technology through the edX program. Currently, we are offering three courses focused on outlining, drafting, and revising your novel with award-winning faculty Nancy Lee and Annabel Lyon. Find out more at:

Over the next few years, edX will grow to offer courses in poetry, non-fiction and children’s writing. As a result, we will be transitioning away from the Booming Ground program, to offer students this new opportunity.

Booming Ground mentorships will continue until June 2016 in the genres of Creative Non-Fiction, Children’s Literature, Poetry and Spoken Word, under the purview of Core Mentor Alessandra Naccarato. We are currently accepting applications in these genres and encourage all fiction writers to refer to the edX program.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the students and mentors that made Booming Ground such a fantastic program for over 17 years. We look forward to working with you over the coming year, and through edX in the future!

For those interested in Mentorships in Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction and Children’s Literature for 2016/2017:

Booming Ground is UBC’s non-credit Creative Writing program, run by graduate students in UBC’s Creative Writing MFA Program. A Booming Ground mentorship offers you the chance to work one-on-one with an experienced writer in one of a wide variety of genres. This unique online mentorship allows you to write and receive feedback from anywhere in the world.

A Booming Ground mentorship consists of a six-month period during which you work with a mentor via email to develop up to 30,000 words of creative non-fiction, 60 pages of poetry, or 90 pages of children’s fiction. We welcome writers of all experience levels and at all stages of their writing careers.

Your Booming Ground Mentor will take your writing to the next level, whether you’re working on your first draft or the final polish of your manuscript. All mentorships conclude with a consultation about next steps for your project.

A six-month one-on-one Booming Ground mentorship costs only $500 CAD.

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Please see How to Apply for more information, and send us your application today!