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Writing, MFA

The Master of Fine Arts in Writing program offers graduate students an intimate, personalized learning experience while taking advantage of San Francisco’s vibrant, eclectic literary scene. Founded in 1986, the program is designed to instruct writers in creative techniques, nurture their individual development and vision, and help them thrive in the larger community of writers.

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Our two-year program offers workshops and literature seminars in the genres of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The distinctive design of the program emphasizes the connection between reading and the students’ own writing and fosters collegial relationships among faculty and students in small classes. All courses are taught by accomplished practicing writers, so that both literature seminars and workshops pay detailed attention to craft.

What to Know When Considering an MFA in Writing

Thinking about an MFA in Writing? Curriculum, faculty, and community are all important factors when making your decision. Here's what to consider to find a program that works for you.

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Monica West

Professor Monica West

What Makes the MFA Program at USF Different?

The MFA Writing experience is special because of the close mentoring relationships between students and faculty. Thesis I and Thesis II allow students to get in-depth feedback and mentoring from a faculty member that can completely reshape a project."

Professor Monica West

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San Francisco, CA 94117

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