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Support the MFA Scholarship Fund

The Creative Writing Scholarship Fund supports the emerging writers of the MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary's College. It is sustained by generous donors, foundations, community partners, and corporate sponors. This financial support substantially influences an emerging writer's quality of life, propelling them to contribute to a culture that is thirsty for imagination. All donations to the Creative Writing Scholarship Fund go directly toward supporting students. Please join us in the mission of alleviating debt for emerging artists.

 
Celebrate 20 Years of Supporting the Arts
Advisory Board
Thank you to our hard-working advocates!

The MFA in Creative Writing relies on its Advisory Board not only to secure scholarships for its students, but to also provide strategic guidance for the Program. Saint Mary’s considers the Board an integral part of the MFA in Creative Writing's mission.

Executive Committee: Marilyn Abildskov, John Briscoe, Shirley Cookston, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Brenna McNab (2011) (Vice Chair), Kelsay Myers (2013, Board Chair), Christopher Sindt, Carol Sayers, and Judith Taylor. 

Alumni Committee: Lily Brown (2007), James Scott Donahue (2014), Germana Fabbri (2015), Mia Fassero (2013), Clare FitzPatrick (2013), Jillian Kurvers (2010), Maria Roden (2006), Susan Sasson (2011).

Benefit
Celebrate 20 Years of Mentorship & Support Year 21 

 

Join us for an evening of "literary toasts" with Daniel Handler, Robert Hass, Cristina García, Yiyun Li, Joyce Carol Oates, and Al Young. Hosted by Faculty Director, Matthew Zapruder.

Wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, music, Italian villa raffle, silent auction, and door prizes!

All funds raised provide scholarships for MFA students.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 

RSVP Now. Limited Space Available.

Dolby Chadwick Gallery
210 Post Street, Suite 205
San Francisco, CA 94108
Map  |  Parking Information

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

 PRIZES

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 galleryPrize 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 InvernessCalifornia. 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.

Inverness

Inverness

 

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

Drawing
(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. 


Sponsors

20th Anniversary Benefit Presented by: 

Briscoe





AltaBella Italian Villas

Dolby Chadwick



Headway Chairtable Fund

 

 

Avant Garde Sponsors:

Robin and Curt Caton

Steven Nightingale

 

Beverage Sponsors:

Wagner





North Coast

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Community Sponsors:

Whole Foods                        






VJB Vineyards & Cellars

                                           

Media Sponsor:

Litseen








Indie Sponsors:

John Gourhan

Orinda Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City Lights Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

Omnidawn

 

 

 

 

 

University Press

 

 

 

Hedgebrook

 

 

 

 

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MFA Italian Villa Raffle in the Moraga City Newsletter

Our MFA Italian Villa Raffle has popped in the Moraga City Newsletter, "Moraga Happenings"! Thanks Ellen Beans.

Raffle tickets are still for sale. Get yours before they sell out! Prize comes with airline mile. Be sure to check out the fantastic runner-up prizes. The Raffle benefits the MFA Scholarship Fund. www.stmarys-ca.edu/mfaraffle

Benefit

Join us for an evening of "literary toasts" with Daniel Handler, Robert Hass, Cristina García, Yiyun Li, Joyce Carol Oates, and Al Young. Hosted by Faculty Director, Matthew Zapruder.

Wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, music, Italian villa raffle, silent auction, and door prizes!

All funds raised provide scholarships for MFA students.

Saturday, February 27, 2016 

RSVP Now. Limited Space Available.

Dolby Chadwick Gallery
210 Post Street, Suite 205
San Francisco, CA 94108
Map  |  Parking Information

Raise your glass with:

Daniel Handler

 

 

Daniel Handler is the author of five novels, most recently We Are Pirates and, as Lemony Snicket, far too many books for children, including A Series Of Unfortunate Events, currently being developed by Netflix as an original series.

 

 

  

Robert HassRobert Hass has published many books including Field Guide, Praise, Human Wishes, and Sun Under Wood. His collection Time and Materials won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship and the Wallace Stevens Award, among other prizes, Robert Hass is a professor at UC Berkeley.


Cristina Garcia

 

 

Cristina García is the author of six novels, including Dreaming in Cuban and King of Cuba. García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant.

 

 

Yiyun Li


 

Yiyun Li's short story collections and novels have won many awards, including the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the Guardian First Book Award, among other accolades. She is the recipient of a 2010 MacArthur genius grant and was named among The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40.” 

 

Joyce Carol Oates



Joyce Carol Oates is the author of a number of novels, story collections, essays and memoirs, most recently The Lost Landscape: A Writer's Coming of Age. She is a recipient of the President's Medal in the Humanities and the National Book Award and is currently teaching a fiction workshop at UC-Berkeley.


 

Al Young


Al Young’s poetry reflects his interest in music, specifically jazz and blues, as well as his life in California. He has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and Fulbright Fellowship, among other prizes. He was named Poet Laureate of California in 2005.

 

 RSVP

Limited space available

$125 per person
$50 for MFA alumni
 

 Proceeds of this event benefit the MFA Scholarship Fund.  The fair market value of this event is $50.  All contributions exceeding fair market value are tax-deductible to the extent that the law allows.

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