Saint Mary’s College of California

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MFA Program

Program Established: 
Moraga, CA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 10, 2019
Application Fee: 
$0 ($50 if applying after priority deadline)
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Krista Varela Posell
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Brenda Hillman, Matthew Zapruder
Fiction: Lysley Tenorio
Nonfiction: Marilyn Abildskov

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers partial funding. The program offers teaching fellowships and publishing internships; all students receive some form of waiver, fellowship, or scholarship.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Mary: A Journal of New Writing, Wave Books, Omnidawn Publishing

Other Features: 

The program hosts a reading series, a craft conversation series, a graduate-student reading series, retreats, and panels on teaching, publishing, and life after the MFA. Other features include funding to attend literary conferences and symposia.

The priority application deadline is December 10 and includes an application fee waiver; the final application deadline is January 31.


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