MFA in Creative Writing Application Workshop: Poetry in Motion

What should I submit for my poetry writing sample? 

The writing sample is the most important part of your application: hear from our Poetry faculty Brenda Hillman on what makes the best submission and tips to keep in mind as you are preparing your sample.

Hillman holds the Olivia Filippi Chair in Poetry at Saint Mary's. She is the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, which received the Northern California Book Award for Poetry. 

Register here for this workshop and a Zoom link will be emailed to you with your confirmation.

An application fee waiver will be provided to those who attend.

Have any questions? Contact Program Assistant Krista Varela Posell at 925-631-4762 or

We look forward to meeting you!