CCA’s MFA in Writing Program is dedicated to embracing the full range of literary paths and possibilities. We lead talented writers toward their lifelong creative careers.
Diverse Writing Community
Perfect your writing by studying with other dedicated cross-genre writers. In our distinctly flexible yet rigorous MFA in Writing Program, you’ll engage in workshops that offer supportive yet instrumental critiques of your work.
We encourage fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir, graphic novels, playwriting, and screenwriting. You are not required to declare a specific genre of study. Instead we are dedicated to supporting your individual career path.
From painting to graphic design to filmmaking and beyond, ours is the type of environment in which creative expression flourishes, and you’re constantly encouraged to expand your horizons as a writer and artist.
Class of 2013 Writers Book
Learn from Devoted Mentors & Guests
Mentored-study courses, offered each semester, provide one-on-one instruction and guidance from accomplished faculty writers who value interdisciplinary opportunities.
Our inspired weekly Writers Series features noted authors, editors, performers, and alumni in an intimate Japanese garden setting, where they read from their latest work and discussing the craft of writing.
- Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), celebrated novelist
- Paul Harding, Pulitzer Prize
- Keorapetse Kgositsile, Poet Laureate from South Africa
- Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize
- Achy Obejas, Pulitzer Prize (Chicago Tribune news team), two Lamda Literary Awards
- Ishmael Reed, MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize nominee
- Cheryl Strayed, New York Times bestselling memoirist, Oprah Book Club 2.0
Engage with the Bay Area Literary Scene
With the vibrant Bay Area literary community as the setting for your studies, you’ll discover incredible internship opportunities that extend far beyond campus, whether you’re teaching writing to high school students at 826 Valencia, learning about small-press publishing at City Lights Books, or editing submissions for our national Eleven Eleven literary journal.
Inspired CCA Alumni
Our MFA in Writing alumni have gone on to publish successful novels, win prominent writing awards, launch publishing houses, and teach at the some of the finest colleges and universities.
And with a focus on preparing students for life after graduate school, we’ve inspired many students to create new small presses, launch literary magazines, and establish reading series in the Bay Area, nationally, and even internationally.
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