The program offers a two-year course of study in either creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry with the option of applying for a third year in an additional genre 

The core of the SMC MFA Program is the writing workshop, which allows students to work with estabslished writers to develop their own voice, material, and style. 

Students in the MFA Program typically take five courses per year, spread out over the fall and spring semesters, with the option of one course during January Term. Four writing workshops (which include, each semester, a tutorial focus in the genre) are required for graduation. The writing workshop is composed of first- and second-year students in the genre and is the focus of their writing work.  MFA students also take Foundations of Contemporary Literature, one contemporary literature course in their genre, at least two craft seminars, and at least two electives.  During the spring of the second year, MFA students finish a book-length thesis under the guidance of their thesis director and a second faculty reader.


Program Brochure



  • Foundations of Contemporary Literature
  • 4 Writing Workshops (including tutorial focus in the genre)
  • Contemporary Nonfiction/ or Fiction/ or Poetry
  • 2 Craft Seminars in Creative Nonfiction/ or Fiction/ or Poetry
  • 2 Electives
  • Thesis


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Saint Mary's College of California
1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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