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 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 Cyrus Cassells, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Marie Mockett, and Chris Feliciano Arnold.

Our two-year program combines a studio writing workshop component with an analytical component, offering concentrations in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry

Each entering student receives a partial scholarship, and applicants can apply for teaching fellowships. 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.

SMC MFA Core Values:

We model an inclusive community built upon diversity and multiculturalism in which all are valued. 

Our faculty and staff support our students as artists and as individuals, guiding their creative work and their development as emerging writers.

We welcome all styles of writing. 

We emphasize a craft-oriented approach, acknowledging that writing is an ongoing process helped along by shared reading. 

We are dedicated to making the writing workshop a place where all participants are respected, and where writers can take necessary (though not gratuitous) artistic risks, make inevitable mistakes, and learn from them in a supportive and forgiving environment.