Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

The Literary Incubator in the Heart of Silicon Valley



Our Program and Literary Community

A 44 semester-unit, 2-year studio/research program: 

  • A dual-genre program with concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and playwriting/screenwriting.
  • Curriculum includes writing workshops in primary and secondary genres, literature seminars, professional training courses, and internships.  
  • Connie L. Lurie Distinguished Visiting Author-in-Residence. Past visitors include: Vendela Vida, Cristina García, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ishmael Reed, Kim Addonizio, Simon Winchester, Tim Cahill, and Daniel Alarcón.
  • Reed Magazine, the oldest student-run literary journal west of the Mississippi.
  • Center for Literary Arts holds readings, discussions, and master classes with writers of exceptional voice and vision in San Jose since 1986. Guests since 2007 include E.L. Doctorow, Denis Johnson, ZZ Packer, Cristina García, Vendela Vida, Yiyun Li, Mark Doty, Mary Roach, Salman Rushdie, and Tracy K. Smith.


Admission: Fall 2020 admission will open October 1, 2019.

  • Admission is based on a writing sample in the primary genre, in which the student will complete a full-length thesis.  Students must declare a primary and a secondary genre to apply for admission. 
  • MFA Admission requirements


Important Dates for current MFA Students 

Fall 2019 MFA Exam

MFA students planning to graduate in fall 2019 should sign up for the fall 2019 MFA Exam by May 21, 2019. The exam will be distributed on September 27 (9:00 a.m.) and will be due on September 30 (5:00 p.m.). To sign up for the exam, a student should first have successfully achieved MFA candidacy status and have formed a three-person thesis committee. Contact Professor Alan Soldofsky to receive a link to sign up. 



Alan Soldofsky, Director of Creative Writing 
(408) 924-4432 
Faculty Offices 106