Founded in 1995, the MFA Program in Creative Writing is a two-year course of study leading to the M.F.A. degree in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry.
The MFA Program in Creative Writing embodies the finest qualities of Saint Mary’s College: an interest in the student as a person, an emphasis on shared inquiry and critical thinking, and a respect for new and various ways of knowing. We offer small, aesthetically diverse classes, an outstanding permanent faculty, numerous distinguished visiting writers and editors, and close faculty-student contact. MFA candidates develop a thorough knowledge of their genre and become a part of a supportive arts community, while immersed in the rich Bay Area literary tradition.
A Focus On Craft
The core of the program is our writing workshop, which provides opportunities for students to work and learn with established writers in developing their own voice, material, and style. That workshop approach includes public programs and craft seminars.
-- We attend to the individual writer’s relationship to language, giving high-quality, personal attention to each student in the two-year program;
-- We see the development of the writing project of each student as a powerful part of the development of the whole person;
-- We emphasize the crafts of writing and reading in using pluralistic, imaginative, and practical approaches to aesthetic development;
-- We model community both in the classroom and in the larger arts community attending to the powerful role of our developing artists in the culture that is thirsty for the knowledge only the arts can bring.
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