The sun reflected in Lake Tahoe during a summer sunset
writer to writer

The Residencies

The MFA in Creative Writing program meets each year in January and August for a 10-day residency filled with writing workshops, classes, readings, panels, trips in the region, and more. Since we spend most of the year at home working remotely with mentors, these residencies are our time to connect writer to writer. We share explorations of our work and ideas in the making, and build creative conversations that can last a lifetime.

At SNC Tahoe, we encourage a meaningful conversation in the art of creative writing, one that fosters the work of the individual within a community of writers and artists. The world needs our voices. Join us at the next Tahoe residency and learn how to tell your story. Apply now, and claim your spot in the Creative Writing MFA Program.

Summer 2019 Residency Options
Tahoe Residency

The Sierra Nevada College campus
July 31 – Aug 9

The 2019 summer residency in Lake Tahoe features writing workshops by renowned writers such as Krystal Sital, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Secrets We Kept, and Patricia Smith, one of the great and necessary voices of our time. Sunil Yapa, author of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist will be leading fiction workshops, and writers such as Peter Mountford and Arianne Zwartjes are bringing new light to the program. Day trips to Lake Tahoe’s pristine beaches and wildflower hikes in the Sierras will give you a chance to rest your pen and explore the natural wonders surrounding Sierra Nevada College.
Ireland Residency

Doolin, Ireland
August 12 – 21
We encourage a meaningful understanding of literature from other cultures and regions by holding periodic residencies abroad. These residencies bring in local writers from the host culture for workshops, readings, and craft lectures with our SNC students and faculty. We try to make each international residency as meaningful as possible without breaking the bank. The additional $2,000 international residency fee includes lodging, breakfast each day and 4 dinners, and ground transportation.

Doonagore Castle is one of many sites to see in Doolin, Ireland, where the MFA program will host its summer residency
From Jonathan Swift to James Joyce, and Seamus Heaney to Michael Longley, Ireland has produced a multitude of writers whose words continue to spark our imagination. Our Ireland residency offers the chance to engage with inspiring landscapes, music, culture, and people. Writers and editors will join us from Belfast and Dublin, Cork and Galway—the four corners of Ireland. During our stay, we’ll visit the majestic Cliffs of Moher and enjoy a day out on the Aran Island. And along the way, there might just be an iconic Guinness to whet your whistle, or a “cuppa” of fine Irish tea.

Ireland Special Workshops
We’re pleased to announce that Lidia Yuknavitch will lead a mixed-genre workshop for writers working in fiction and/or creative nonfiction. This workshop is capped at 12 — be sure to reserve a spot as soon as possible. Additionally, Suzanne Roberts will teach a travel-writing course in Ireland, which is included in the residency.

Headshot of author Lidia YuknavitchLidia Yuknavitch
Lidia Yuknavitch’s bestselling novel The Small Backs of Children was the winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction, as well as the Reader’s Choice Award. Other works include The Book of Joan, The Misfit’s Manifesto, The Chronology of Water, and Dora: A Headcase.
Headshot of author Suzanne RobertsSuzanne Roberts
Suzanne Roberts is a travel writer, memoirist, and poet. Her books include the award-winning memoir Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail (Bison Books, 2012), and the poetry books Plotting Temporality (Pecan Grove Press, 2012),Three Hours to Burn a Body: Poems on Travel (Cherry Grove Collections, 2011), Nothing to You (Pecan Grove Press, 2008), and Shameless (Cherry Grove Collections, 2007).

Past International Residencies
Goblin Hill Jamaica: Winter 2017

The residency featured visits from Jamaican writers including Nicole Dennis-Benn and Tanya Shirley, and field trips for travel writers, alongside faculty readings, electives, and workshops.

Poet Patricia Smith teaching a course for the MFA in Creative Writing program in Jamaica
Patricia Smith’s elective on the Hummingbird Terrace
MFA in Creative Writing program students relaxing in the Caribbean
Students by the sea
Graduates from the 2017 low residency MFA in Creative Writing program held in Jamaica
The 2017 winter graduates
Doolin Ireland: Summer 2014

Before our overseas residency in Doolin, Ireland, students met and worked with Colum McCann, Matthew Sweeney, Sinéad Morrissey, John F. Deane, Billy Ramsell, and Mary Noonan.

Gus O'Connors pub, a social hot spot in Doolin, Ireland where the 2014 MFA in Creative Writing residency was held
Gus O’Connor’s Pub
Doolin, Ireland cliffside where the 2014 residency was held for the MFA in Creative Writing
Doolin Cliffs
Picture of author John Deane in Ireland
Irish writer John F. Deane