writer to writer
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
The Sierra Nevada College campus
July 31 – Aug 9
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.