Sierra Nevada College

MFA Program

Program Established: 
2012
Location: 
Incline Village, NV
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
15 per residency
Application Deadline: 
December 1, 2017
Application Fee: 
$50
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Sophie Cherry
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Carolyn Forché, Patricia Smith, Brian Turner, Nathalie Handal, John Murillo, Lee Herrick, Laura McCullough, Gailmarie Pahmeier, June Saraceno, Laura Wetherington

Fiction: Alan Heathcock, Rebecca Makkai, Daniel Chacón, Randa Jarrar, Christian Kiefer, Peter Mountford, Mike McCormack, Joanne Meschery, Tim Hernandez, Patrick Hicks

Nonfiction: Lacy M. Johnson, Paul Lisicky, Steven Church, Benjamin Busch, Suzanne Roberts, Kelle Groom, Brian Turner

Writing for Children and Young Adults: Pablo Cartaya, Lisa Papademetriou, Joe McGee, Gayle Brandeis, Isabel Quintero, Jess Regel

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Sierra Nevada Review

Other Features: 

The program also offers a degree in writing for children and young adults, in addition to degrees in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Students attend two eight-day residencies each year, in January and August, at the Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada. The program hosts an international residency option once every two years; the 2019 residency location will be announced soon.

Each student works with an editor-in-the-field during their final mentoring semester. Students also have the opportunity to work on the Sierra Nevada Review.

The program hosts a writers-in-residence series, including the Kundiman Writer-in-Residence and IAIA Writer-in-Residence.

The funding application deadline is July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.