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Graduates from Sierra Nevada College's low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program on the SNC campus
Students and alumni of SNC's low-residency MFA programs in Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Arts are making their mark on the creative landscape.

Five Years of Creative Writing

Since 2012, the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program has been bringing together faculty and students twice each year for the residencies that give SNC’s Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts programs their name. The ten-day summer and winter courses on the Sierra Nevada College campus are both introduction and reunion. New students meet their cohort, classmates, and professors for the first time. Returning students rejoin their friends and mentors. Everyone arrives with work to share. For the rest of the year, students work remotely with their faculty mentors refining their skills in their chosen genre.

The low-residency structure pays off. It nurtures working people as they follow their creative dream on their home turf. Students and faculty arrive at the residencies energized by creative possibility and their own professional progress. After five years, the success of the first cohorts and the strength of the incoming students is increasingly clear.

Brooke King, from MFA-CW’s first graduating cohort in 2014, has her memoir Full Battle Rattle coming out from the University of Nebraska Press. Her November 30th article in The Atlantic is provocative and immediately moving. A veteran of Iraq, her honest self-examination is both timely and timeless as she reveals the day-to-day effects of the distant global issue of international conflict that soldiers face alone.

Faylita Hicks earned her MFA at the conclusion of this year’s Winter Residency. She is a nationally known spoken word artist from San Marcos Texas. Faylita was a member of the Grand Slam Champion team at the 2009 Austin Poetry Slam, sharing the honor with Big Poppa E., Christopher Lee, Tony Jackson, and Danny Strack. Rhapsody, the poem that won the Women of the World qualifying slam in Austin, can be seen on YouTube. [NSFW WARNING: Contains adult language!] Faylita’s work is most striking when performed live, of course, but the way in which she welds body and phrase, the metaphysical into the physical is nothing short of inspiring. With her degree in hand this winter, you can be sure that you will hear her words for yourself shortly.

Wendy Hill and Michael Fischer, who will be getting their MFA degrees at the upcoming 2018 Summer Residency, both had work published in The Sun magazine recently. The two artists authored genuinely moving, personal work that arose from remarkably different backgrounds. It is the kind of work that finds its way to the soul of the reader by baring the soul of the writer. There is a transparent honesty to their pieces that is characteristic of the work authored by the students and graduates of the MFA in Creative Writing program here at Sierra Nevada College.

The next residency for both the MFA-Creative Writing and MFA-Interdisciplinary Arts programs begins at the end of July 2018. Many events are open to the public. Sierra Nevada College invites you to join these emerging artists and their mentors in exploring the creative process.

The MFA in Creative Writing and MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts low-residency programs at Sierra Nevada College were built by working writers and artists to guide students through an individual exploration of their craft. Our students are here to develop the expressive and professional skills that make a sustainable creative life. Our faculty are here because they value new voices in the global conversation and the deep one-on-one relationships they develop with their students. Our 4-distance-semesters-and-5-SNC-residencies schedule allows you to join our community without disrupting your job and family.

Find Out More

Terra Breeden
MFA-CW Program Coordinator and Graduate Admissions Counselor

Julia Schwadron
Assistant Program Director
775-831-1314 ext. 7492