Master Writer in Residence

CCA's MFA Writing Program offers a master writer-in-residence project. We invite one 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.  

During the one-week residency, the master writer conducts workshops or seminars or lectures (or any combination thereof), reads selected student manuscripts, and gives a public reading as part of the program's Writers Series schedule.

Previous & Upcoming Master Writers

Will Alexander

(Spring 2015)

Will Alexander- Poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, aphorist, philosopher, and visual artist, he has authored over 20 books. A Whiting Fellow, and a California Arts Council Fellow, he has also been recipient of 2007 PEN Oakland National Book Award, and an American Book Award in 2013. His works have been collected in major libraries of the world, including UCLA, Harvard, The British Library, British National Bibliography, and the Bibliotheque nationale de France.  

Andrew Sean Greer

(fall 2014)

San Francisco-based Andrew Sean Greer is the bestselling author of five works of fiction, including The Confessions of Max Tivoli and, most recently, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells.  

Mary Gaitskill

(fall 2013)

Mary Gaitskill is the author of the novels Two Girls, Fat and Thin and Veronica as well as the story collections Bad Behavior, Because They Wanted To, and Don't Cry.