MFA in Creative Writing

23 Years of Mentoring Emerging Writers

The SMC MFA in Creative Writing offers students a campus environment that feels like a writing retreat within the bustling Bay Area. We have a stellar faculty that includes Marilyn Abildskov, Brenda Hillman, Lysley Tenorio and Matthew Zapruder, as well excellent Visiting Writers, such as Samina Ali, Jane Gregory, Christine H. Lee, Tongo Eisen-Martin,and Lori Ostlund.

Our two-year program combines a studio writing workshop component with an analytical component, offering concentrations in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Students have the options to take craft courses in other genres and apply for an third year in an alternate genre. 

We offer fellowships for students in teaching and community engagement. Each entering student receives some form of scholarship or fellowship. The MFA also offers editorial fellowships and staff stipends for Mary Journal.

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

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



We believe our Program is made stronger by the diverse communities that call our nation home. We recognize the cultural, artistic and economic contributions of immigrants and refugees. We cherish and will defend fundamental Constitutional rights, like due process and religious freedom that are foundational to our democracy. We stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees and indigenous and marginalized people, our neighbors, friends and family members.