MFA in Creative Writing - Our Community

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton at her Evening Reading.

@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

A student writes in the redwood grove.

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.

Arts Excursions

Students gather beyond the SMC campus at bookstores, arts festivals, open mics and other literary experiences around the Bay Area.

SMC campus against the hills

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.

Upcoming MFA in Creative Writing Events

School and Department Information

Chris Feliciano Arnold
Director, MFA in Creative Writing

Collin Skeen
Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment