Learning Outcomes

Students in the MFA Program will graduate with improved competency in their writing, particularly in their chosen genre (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry).  In addition, they will receive a sophisticated introduction to information technology as well as the professional aspects of the writing life.

Students will be able to:

  • engage at a professional level in the writing of their chosen genre (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry).
  • articulate the correspondences between their own writing and the corpus of literature and thought which primarily informs their aesthetics.
  • use information technology with a high level of sophistication, either for the purpose of academic research or for the purpose of primary research that may inform a given piece of writing.
  • work effectively as professional writers: publish work in literary journals and magazines; solicit and procure literary agents; solicit and procure publishers for manuscripts or book projects; give public readings; apply for and receive funding for literary projects; exhibit a preparedness for finding employment in various professional fields, such as education, journalism, public relations, publishing, and technical writing.


Candace Eros Diaz has won the 2013 San Miguel Writer's Conference Writing Contest in the Creative Nonfiction

Our very own Candace Eros Diaz has won the 2013 San Miguel Writer's Conference Writing Contest in the creative nonfiction genre for her piece, "Breaking Wide Open."
Since 2006 the conference has been held in February in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. It subsequent years the conference has become known as the "The Creative Crossroads of the Americas," and is now the largest international, fully bilingual event of it's kind. Please join me in congratulating Candace on her wonderful news.

Professor Lysley Tenorio Champions Misfits

[Tenorio's] debut short story collection, "Monstress," binds together eight tales of isolated misfits in San Francisco and the Philippines dreaming and scheming their way to impossible glory.

MFA Scholarship Fund Raffle

Options for Purchase: 1) calling 925-631-8810 2) download the order form below 3) In person at Orinda Books.

Tickets are $50. Save $30 on a bundle of 10 tickets. 

All raffle proceeds benefit the MFA Scholarship Fund. You do not need to be present at the Benefit to win


Grand Prize

A week's stay at La Quercia Villa in Tuscany, Italy

La Quercia sleeps 8 people. Booking is subject to availability and valid for two years from the date of the drawing. Subject to taxes. It has two levels and two kitchens, so it's welcoming for larger groups or families. You can hire a chef to come to the villa, bike the hillsides, or sip wine by the pool. To explore this beautful Italian Villa inside and out, visit the image gallery! Prize valued at $4,900.00

      upstairs kitchen


Runner up Prizes

A week's stay at Lorien Hotel and Spa, luxurious four-star accommodations nestled in Old Town, Alexandria, VA

Two blocks from the King Street Metro, Lorien Hotel and Spa offers a retreat that is also near to the many momunments of Washington, D.C. You'll also find Mount Vernon and Arlington National Cemetary close by. There is a complimentary morning coffee hour, as well as a complimentary evening wine hour. Balance that wine hour with a yoga mat in every room, free use of custom hotel bikes, and a fitness center. Prize valued at $3,000

Lorien Hotel and Spa    

A week's stay at a vacation home in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe

Available up to one year after winning and subject to availability. This three bedroom, two bathroom beautiful Lake Tahoe vacation home is right in the middle of two beaches. Abandon your car, your worries, and your stress. Images here! Prize valued at $1,600.00

3 bedroom, Two bathroom at Incline, Lake Tahoe 

Raffle Ticket Price

$50.00 each
You do not need to be present to win.
Purchase 10 tickets and receive a $30 discount!

How to Purchase Tickets

Please call 925-631-8810 to purchase tickets or download the order form

(You do not need to be present to win)

The Thirteenth Annual MFA Scholarship Fund Benefit

Saturday, February 28, 2015
6-9 p.m.
Dolby Chadwick Gallery 
210 Post Street, Suite 205 
San Francisco, CA 94108

All raffle proceeds benefit the MFA Scholarship Fund. You do not need to be present at the Benefit to win. 

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