Want to mingle in an intimate Japanese garden with an international Poet Laureate . . . or a Pulitzer Prize-winning author . . . or even a celebrated Oprah Book Club 2.0 writer?

CCA's MFA Program in Writing proudly invites you to attend our Writers Series, a year-round literary series of events that features a continuum of talented, successful, and, in many cases, world-renowned writers and poets.

Upcoming Writers Series Guests »

The Writers Series lecture series is a truly one-of-a-kind experience for our budding writers -- and for the college at large. It's both a curricular requirement for our first-year students and an integral part of the college's celebrated public programs schedule.

When & Where

All events are free and open to the public. (Unless otherwise noted in the event listing, events are held from 3:30 to 5 p.m at the CCA Writers’ Studio, located at 195 De Haro, at 15th Street.)

Upcoming Writers Series events are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and they fill up quickly. We hope to see you at the next event!

Notable Guests

Below are just a few of the remarkable guests we've had the pleasure to host. Be sure to review the Writers Series archive to see other amazing guests.

Paul Harding

About Paul Harding » (spring 2012), Author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tinkers

Keorapetse Kgositsile

About Keorapetse Kgositsile » (spring 2012), South African National Poet Laureate

W. S. Di Piero

About W. S. Di Piero » (fall 2012), 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize recipient!

John Searles

About John Searles » (spring 2013), Best-selling author appears regularly as a book critic on NBC’s Today Show.

Giovanni Singleton

About Giovanni Singleton » (spring 2013), Debut collection, Ascension, was awarded the 81st California Book Award Gold Medal for poetry

Cheryl Strayed

About Cheryl Strayed » (fall 2012), New York Times bestselling author / Oprah Book Club 2.0

Jess Walter

About Jess Walter » (fall 2012), National Book Award finalist and Edgar Award winner

See all past speakers »