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 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 at Altabella Italian Villas 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 beautiful Italian Villa inside and out, visit the image gallery! Prize valued at $4,200.00

      upstairs kitchen


Runner up Prize

A Retreat in Inverness

Four days and three nights in the Hass Hillman residence in beautiful Inverness, California. Prize valued at $1,000. This home sleeps 4. For the visitor, Inverness marks the last settlement before entering the mass of the Point Reyes National Seashore, 72,000 acres of wilderness and beach and ranchland from which one can still see San Francisco.




2nd Runner up Prize

Foursome of Golf at Sequoyah Country Club

The golf course at Sequoyah is as difficult to master as it is verdant and beautiful, with hilly terrain and small, sloping greens to challenge the most skilled golfer. The course is a challenging par 70 for men and par 72 for women, with one of the highest slope/yardage ratios of any layout in California. 

golf course

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 925-631-8556 to purchase tickets or download the order form

(You do not need to be present to win)

The Twentieth Anniversary MFA Scholarship Fund Benefit

Saturday, February 27, 2016
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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