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.

MFA in Creative Writing

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.


2015 Kundiman Fellow
Cathy Linh Che

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James, 2014), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize.

A Vietnamese American poet from Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA, she received her BA from Reed College and her MFA from New York University. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Kundiman, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, and a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant.

A founding editor of the online journal Paperbag, she is Managing Director at Kundiman. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

“To be a daughter, a survivor, and a poet are all aligned in the need “to rewrite everything,” a need that Che navigates with brutality and tenderness, devastation and irrepressible endurance.”

–Publishers Weekly