MFA in Creative Writing

22 Years of Mentoring Emerging Writers

The SMC MFA in Creative Writing distinguishes itself by offering students a retreat-like setting in the bustling Bay Area, stellar faculty, a rich alumni network, and fellowships in teaching, publishing, and community engagement. 

The MFA is a two-year course of study in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry. An optional third year in an alternate genre leads to a dual concentration MFA.

Priority deadline for admissions is December 10th (fee waiver included) and final deadline for admission is January 31st.

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.

Learn more about what it's like to write at SMC.