Women browsing books in the rain in Hay-on-Wye, Wales famous as the "Town of Books"
Work with
Alan Heathcock, Rebecca Makkai, Tim Hernandez, Jennine Capó Crucet, Peter Mountford, Joanne Meschery, Daniel Chacón,
& Gayle Brandeis.

Fiction

Fiction writers in the MFA program at SNC Tahoe work with nationally and internationally known authors such as Alan Heathcock, Rebecca Makkai, Tim Hernandez, Jennine Capó Crucet, Peter Mountford, Joanne Meschery, Daniel Chacón, and Gayle Brandeis.

Our faculty have published with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Knopf, W.W. Norton & Co., Graywolf, Bloomsbury, Viking, Tin House Books, Arte Publico Press, St. Martin’s Press, and more. Their short stories and excerpts have appeared in publications including McSweeney’s, Harper’s, Esquire, The Atlantic, Granta, The Rumpus, Guernica, Tin House, the Best American and Best American Nonrequired Reading series, Narrative Magazine, Story Quarterly, American Short Fiction, Prairie Schooner, and Ploughshares. They have been awarded the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, New York Times Notable Book of the Year, the Whiting Award, the Rooney Prize, shortlist for the Irish Book of the Year Award, the GLCA New Writers Award, the John Gardner Book Award, Best Book of the Year prizes, Washington State Book Award, Pushcart Prizes, the Iowa Short Fiction Prize, and the PEN/O. Henry Prize, among others.

Cover of "Make Your Home Among Strangers" by Jennine Crucet, faculty in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program at Sierra Nevada College
Cover of "Hotel Juarez" by Daniel Chacon, faculty in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program at Sierra Nevada College
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Cover of "Volt" by Alan Heathcock, faculty in the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program at Sierra Nevada College
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“Sierra Nevada is an extraordinary place, and I don’t even mean that geographically — the people and writing and energy, the discourse and debate and discovery, are what will stay with you throughout the year. You’ll go back to your own desk, eventually, but you won’t be alone.”

— Rebecca Makkai, MFA Faculty


Award-winning novelists Josh Weil, Mike McCormack, and Alexi Zentner are affiliated faculty. Recent guests have included Colum McCann, Téa Obreht, Benjamin Percy, Mat Johnson, Rick Moody, and Jesse Goolsby.

Our emphasis is on helping you to hone your vision and create work in which you feel personally and intellectually invested. We encourage, celebrate and help to promote our students’ successes as working writers.

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