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 program, you’ll engage in workshops that offer supportive and instrumental critiques of your work.
Following graduation, the program publishes an annual MFA Program in Writing thesis publication, a professionally bound, full manuscript of student thesis excerpts, that effectively illustrates a writer's commitment and skill set.
We encourage fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, memoir, and playwriting. You are not required to declare a specific genre of study; instead we are dedicated to supporting your individual career path.
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 Writers Series, both a free public programs offering and a curricular requirement (Friday seminar), features noted authors, editors, performers, and alumni who read from their latest work and discuss the craft of writing.
Here are just a few of our noteworthy guests
- 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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