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.

Typical Student Schedule

Fall – Year One January Term Spring – Year One
  • Writing Workshop   (5 units)
  • Workshop Tutorial   (1 unit)
  • Foundations of Contemporary Literature
    (3 units)
  • Craft Seminar OR (3 units)
  • Contemporary Creative Nonfiction/Fiction/Poetry (3 units)
Elective (optional, 3 units)
  • Writing Workshop
    (5 units)
  • Workshop Tutorial
    (1 unit)
  • Craft Seminar
    (optional, 3 units)
  • Elective
    (optional, 3 units)
 Fall – Year Two  January Term  Spring – Year Two
  • Writing Workshop (5 units)
  • Workshop Tutorial (1 unit)
  • Contemporary Creative Nonfiction/ Fiction/Poetry   (3 units) OR
  • Craft Seminar (3 units)
  • Elective (optional, 3 units)
Elective (optional, 3 units)
  • Writing Workshop
    (5 units)
  • Workshop Tutorial
    (1 unit)
  • Craft Seminar
    (optional, 3 units)
  • Elective
    (optional, 3 units)  
  • Thesis (0 units)

Degree Completion Requirements 

  • 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
     
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.
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