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 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 Natalie Baszile, Shanthi Sekeran, Gabrielle Selz and Brynn Saito.

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, 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.

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