MFA Writing Degree Program

The Writers' Studio on the San Francisco campus

Our two-year, 48-unit MFA Program in Writing includes workshops, craft seminars, literature courses, and mentored projects that help shape your thesis into a publishable manuscript.

We will challenge your understanding of theory, craft, and performance. From the San Francisco Renaissance to social justice narratives, your coursework will inspire you to take risks and try new styles. Our faculty, all widely published, will encourage you to experiment with multimedia and cross-genre work. One of the perks of being at an art school is the opportunity to collaborate with painters, photographers, filmmakers, bookmakers, and more. This nontraditional graduate experience is for those willing to move in new directions to find their unique voice.

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Inspiring Environment
Our Writers' Studio is tucked away in a tranquil Chinese-style garden. This intimate setting—among makers, artists, and leading literary figures—draws inspiration from the Bay Area’s history, including the San Francisco Renaissance, Beat Poetry Movement, Figurative Movement, Funk Art, New Narrative, the Mission Art Scene, and Slam/Spoken Word.

Diverse, Acclaimed Faculty
Our faculty members have been recipients of numerous prizes, fellowships, and artist grants. Their books have been New York Times bestsellers and award-winning collections in fiction, hybrid essay/memoir, poetry, literary criticism, creative nonfiction, and memoir. They are the voices of multiple genres, aesthetic traditions, and vibrant writing communities.

Friday Seminar with Guest Writers
A required course for first-year students, Friday Seminar features world-renowned writers and poets from our popular Writers Series. In addition to professional development workshops, students have the chance to engage in intense discussions around craft and the visiting writer’s work. Seminars often culminate with a Fridays in the Garden public reading.

You'll have access to invaluable internships throughout the Bay Area's rich publishing and nonprofit communities.

Master Writers in Residence
Our one-week master writer-in-residence program enlists a writer of national or international prominence in fiction, poetry, or nonfiction to serve as an instructor and voice on trends and issues in writing and literature.


Mentored Study
We provide you with one-on-one study each semester with a faculty mentor to gain the structure to pursue your own direction seriously and intensively.

Teaching Assistantships
Our graduate teaching assistantship program offers enrolled graduate students meaningful, sustained, and practical teaching experience.

Thesis Project
You will complete a full-length manuscript of poetry, prose (short stories, novella, creative nonfiction), or an experimental literary form.

Word. World.
The annual Word. World. event is a presentation of thesis work, a staple in our program's year-round programming.

Led by expert faculty, workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction are designed to establish a community of writers while focusing on the individual writing direction and practice of each student.


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Latasha N. Nevada Diggs (MFA in Writing 2008)

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A native of Harlem, writer, vocalist, and sound artist Latasha N. Nevada Diggs (MFA in Writing 2008) is the author of Twerk (Belladonna Press, 2013) and Global Studies (2016), a collection of poetry.

Her writing has been published in Rattapallax, Black Renaissance Noir, Nocturnes, Fence, Ploughshares, The Black Scholar, P.M.S, LA Review, Jubilat, Everything But the Burden and Muck Works, among others.

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Wesley Fanelli (San Francisco)
Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

World World 2017: A CCA MFA in Writing Thesis Presentation