Artists in the MFA program can make hundreds of small works during their CIIS education, in constant dialogue with a community of artists working across disciplines. From these works they refine one or two large-scale and culminating projects, developed with artist mentors, advisors, and peers in a workshop setting.
Students have a range of choices in establishing their individual programs and areas of study. Students read substantially, write critical and creative work, and complete a creative project in the genre of their choice: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, text/image, or mixed-genre work. Students work closely with our faculty of active writers, both in small courses and one on one (in person and online).
The heart of the program--the MFA Workshop and MFA Project--gives students a chance to focus on their own work while learning from the work of their peers. Coursework focusing on genre and then specific craft elements (that may cross genres), exposes students to the essential techniques and current practices in a variety of types of writing, while allowing them to develop dexterity and proficiency in various literary forms.
Working in small groups or individually with faculty and mentors, or partnering with organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, students emerge with valuable connections and relationships into a diverse professional arts community.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
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Alameda, CA 94501
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