“One of the best things about being the Kundiman Writer-in-Residence at Sierra Nevada College is the library. Lit with the warm glow of table lamps, surrounded by pines, and cased in by high ceilings and dark wood walls, Prim Library houses SNC’s burgeoning Poetry Center—a (how many?)-book collection of poetry (and writing about poetry) that’s steadily growing. In the afternoons, I’d sit for hours, pouring over, devouring, re-reading, listening: Maxine Hong Kingston, Franz Wright, Larry Levis, Jane Hirshfield, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Gregory Orr, Cathy Park Hong, Dawn Lundy Martin, etcetera, and so on, until sundown. Such is the blessing of a month-long residency: time, space, books, beauty.”
Creative Writing MFA
The low-residency MFA in creative writing program at Sierra Nevada College is a challenging and inspiring two year commitment to each student’s own artistic development.
The program brings experienced and aspiring writers together to foster unique, individual voices within a global dialogue. Over four distance-learning semesters punctuated by five week-long residencies, students will focus on their chosen genre (be it fiction, poetry, or literary nonfiction), while exploring new boundaries of artistic form and intent.
Each of our faculty members is a gifted and experienced writer and artist in their field, and an incredible teacher of their art. Faculty meet with their students one-on-one during each residency to set plans, then work with them intensively throughout the semester providing written critiques and feedback. With a faculty-to-student ratio never greater than 5:1, students receive creative, focused, individualized mentorship.
Each residency is an eight-day intensive of workshops, seminars, readings and more, intended to expand a writer’s sense of possibility and explore the wide landscape of the writing life from practical tricks-of-the-trade to subtleties of conceptual nuance. Residencies will take place in early January and early July, with every fifth residency located overseas.
We are here to instill a lifelong engagement and conversation with the art of writing. If you are interested in adding your voice to this transformative conversation and intrigued by the possibility of working with teachers and peers who are passionate about the art they love, then please contact us—we look forward to meeting you.