MFA in Writing

Entrance to CCA's MFA in Writing studio

Our MFA Program in Writing spans genres and asks you to choose one, none, or all of them. We’re small, unconventional, and socially conscious. Like many determined writers and artists, we call San Francisco home.

The Bay Area, a place of profound literary history, is our playground. And one of the best art school environments in the country surrounds us. We emphasize a mentorship culture with award-winning, diverse faculty in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and memoir. We champion writers who critically reflect on the aesthetic and political assumptions behind their work. You’ll have access to resources and literary institutions you won’t find anywhere else, like City Lights Publishers, Litquake, and our very own Fridays in the Garden reading series.

Writers' Studio garden
Stack of MFA in Writing annual publications
Gloria Frym and Anne Waldman
Dave Eggers at CCA
CCA community member news and events
Alumni celebrating earning their MFAs in Writing



Wesley Fanelli (San Francisco)
Assistant Director of Graduate Admission