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.

Winter 2020 Residency

The Sierra Nevada College campus
January 3 – January 12

The winter 2020 residency in Lake Tahoe offers writing workshops with MFA faculty such as Pablo Cartaya, award-winning children’s book author of Each Tiny Spark, and Gayle Brandeis who transcends genres with works such as The Art of Misdiagnosis and Bellwether Prize winner; The Book of Dead Birds. Leading an elective course entitled “The Thieves of Fire,” Poet Patricia Smith, who has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives,” will ignite your creative writing voice. A day trip to Northstar Resort is planned, so you can hit the slopes, cross-country ski, or sip hot chocolate while enjoying the snowy, mountain views.

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