M.F.A. - Creative Writing
Founded in 1995, the MFA Program in Creative Writing is a two-year course of study leading to the M.F.A. degree in creative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry. The Program provides the time and formal training necessary for serious students to improve their writing, and it embodies the finest qualities of Saint Mary’s College: an interest in the student as a person, an emphasis on shared inquiry and critical thinking, and a respect for new and various ways of knowing. We offer small classes, an innovative permanent faculty, numerous visiting writers and editors, close faculty-student contact, teaching assistantships, and opportunities for social justice internships in the community.
Key features of our program:
We attend to the individual writer’s relationship to language, giving personal attention to each student so that she may find her vision in the two-year program
We see the development of the writing project of each student as a powerful part of the development of the whole person
We encourage aesthetic diversity, and have a deep connection to the diverse and historic Bay Area literary culture.
We emphasize the craft of writing and reading in using pluralistic, imaginative and practical approaches to aesthetic development
We model community both in the classroom and in the arts community, attending to the powerful role of developing artists in a culture that is thirsty for the knowledge only arts can bring.
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