MFA in Creative Writing - Our Community
@smcmfa - Your One-on-One Connection
Curated by our own MFA Graduate Assistants, the @smcmfa Instagram gives you a close look into the literary lives of our students, faculty, alumni, and larger community. Whether you're looking for information about our Visiting Writers Series, works published by our current/former students, or candid takes of day-to-day life at Saint Mary's, we've got you covered!
Literary Life at SMC
The Visiting Writers Series
Each semester, the SMC MFA program invites its Visiting Writers to afternoon craft conversations and evening readings that create a space for students, faculty and the broader community to gather, reflect, and learn from groundbreaking artists.
Weekly Community Events
Each week, the SMC MFA program gathers informally outside of class to seek solidarity and inspiration in our nearby redwood grove, in the library, in our nationally accredited modern art museum, or at social actions on campus.
Students gather beyond the SMC campus at bookstores, arts festivals, open mics and other literary experiences around the Bay Area.
A Campus That Feels Like a Writing Retreat
Nestled in the rolling foothills of the East Bay, the Saint Mary's campus is a quiet refuge for reading and writing just a short drive from Oakland, San Francisco, and all the Bay Area has to offer.
The SMC MFA program draws on the diverse literary landscape of California to make a home for powerful poets and storytellers from all walks of life.
Pause for Poetry
Established in 2022 through close collaboration between the MFA in Creative Writing and the SMC Library, Pause for Poetry invites the SMC community to take a study break with a few minutes of poetry read by our talented undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.
A Day in the Life at SMC
The pursuit of an MFA encompasses many moments and experiences. Whether it's during their time in the classroom or out in the world, our students are constantly making meaning—and memories with one another!