MFA in Creative Writing

22 Years of Mentoring Emerging Writers

The SMC MFA in Creative Writing offers students a campus environment that feels like a writing retreat within the Bay Area. We have a stellar faculty that includes Marilyn Abildskov, Brenda Hillman, Lysley Tenorio and Matthew Zapruder, as well excellent Visiting Faculty, such as Natalie Baszile, Shanthi Sekeran, Gabrielle Selz and Brynn Saito.

We offer fellowships for students in teaching, publishing, and community engagement. Each entering student receives some form of scholarship or fellowship. Mary Journal offers editorial fellowships and is run by MFA student editors and a faculty advisor.

The MFA at SMC is a two-year course of study in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry. Students can take craft courses in other genres, and an optional third year in an alternate genre can lead to a dual concentration MFA. 

Priority deadline for admissions is December 15th (fee waiver included) and the final deadline for admission is January 31st.

Check out our rich alumni network and their successes, and learn more about what it's like to write at SMC.