Sierra Nevada College

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing


999 Tahoe Boulevard

Incline Village, NV 89451

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

By Writers, For Writers

The Sierra Nevada College MFA-Creative Writing program was built entirely by writers, to guide authors organically through the exploration of their craft. As a student, you receive thorough preparation for a sustainable life of creation and publication. No other program nurtures a writer from line and sentence to essay, story, poetry collection or novel like ours does.

Unique among Fine Arts programs, your editing semester is a uniquely practical experience in crafting work. With your editor, author work which is both thrilling and publishable. Our gifted faculty are here because they want to launch unique, individual voices within a global dialogue. Take risks, brave new moves in language, and grow into an artistic professional among peers - the faculty are here to support you. 

Lean toward our fire and tell us your stories, poems, essays. We’re listening.


We’ve made this program so that people who are unable to walk away from jobs and families and service can still become masters of their craft . . . NOW.

Over four distance-learning semesters punctuated by five week-long residencies, students will focus on their chosen genre (be it writing for children and young adults, fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction) while exploring new territories of artistic expression.

Faculty meet with their students one-on-one during each residency to set plans, then work with them intensively throughout the semester providing written critiques. With a student-to-mentor ratio never greater than 5:1, students receive creative, focused, individualized feedback.

Each residency is an eight-day intensive period of workshops, seminars, readings and more, in which we explore the wide landscape of the writing life from practical tricks-of-the-trade to subtleties of conceptual nuance. Residencies take place in early January and early August, with one of every five residencies (for the program as a whole) located overseas.


Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities, Commission on Colleges and Universities

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 56

Classification: Master's College or University II

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA Code : 919200

Locale: Remote Town

Size & Settings: 0-999

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