Program/Residency Resources

Download the MFA in Creative Writing Low-Residency Program Student Handbook

Residency Schedules

January 2017 Residency: January 6-14

Past Residency Schedules:

July 2016 Schedule (pdf)

January 2016 Schedule (pdf)

July 2015 Schedule (pdf)

July 2014 Schedule (pdf)

January 2014 Schedule (pdf)

July 2013 Schedule (pdf)

January 2013 Schedule (pdf)

July 2012 Schedule (pdf)

January 2012 Schedule (pdf)

July 2011 Schedule (pdf)


Student Forms/Guidelines

Required for Graduation:

Faculty Forms

Program Reading Lists:

Check out the program reading lists for each genre. These lists are works in progress, edited about once a year.


Sample Craft Lectures: 


Craft lectures in poetry, fiction and nonfiction are offered every residency.  Writing is an art, but it is also a craft for which tools can be recommended, and techniques can be learned. All students are required to attend all craft lectures in all genres. 

Topics for recent craft lectures in poetry have included:   

  • The Line and How to Break It - (taught by Nickole Brown )
  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Poets - (taught by Jeff Skinner)
  • At the Edges of Free Verse: Prose Poetry and Prosy Poetry:  A Consideration of Prose Poetry and Long-lined Free Verse. (taught by Bobby C. Rogers)

Topics for recent craft lectures in fiction have included: 

  • The Said and the Unsaid:  Tips on Writing Dialogue (taught by Julia Watts)
  • Writing Historical Fiction (taught by Lynn Pruitt)
  • From Where I Stand: Some Thoughts on Perspective in Narrative Prose (taught by Padma Viswanathan)  

Topics for recent craft lectures in nonfiction have included:  

  • Fiction Technique in Creative Nonfiction:  The “I” as Character, and Other Imaginative Introductions of the Objective into the Subjective (taught by Christine Hale)  
  • Writing Through Grief (taught by Jessica Handler)   
  • Conventions of Form in Nonfiction (taught by Caroline Casey)

Sample Genre Seminars

Genre seminars allow students to become familiar with the conventions of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and to explore the range of responses established writers have had to these conventions. Seminars in all genres are offered every residency. Students are required to attend the three seminars in their elected genre and are welcome to attend seminars in other genres.

(July 2014) Fiction and Nonfiction, Laura Dawkins Ghostly Visitations 

This seminar will focus on two psychological ghost stories---Angelica, a novel by Arthur Phillips set in Victorian England at the dawn of psychoanalysis, and American Ghosts, a memoir by David Plante that portrays the author's attempt to come to terms with the spectres of his ancestral past.

(July 2014) Poetry, Peter Murphy The Poetry of Kenneth Rexroth

In his book, The San Francisco Renaissance, Michael Davidson observes the following:

If Auden or the New Critics or Eliot served as early models for writers on the East Coast, Kenneth Rexroth occupied a similar position in the Bay area. He was the focal point for practically every poet who came to the Bay area. His evening “at homes” provided a much-needed occasion for conversation and community as well as a forum for reading new work. 

Rexroth has been described over the years as the father of Beat poetry, the San Francisco Renaissance, ecological poetry, and Deep Image poetry. He connects in many ways with the poets affiliated with Black Mountain College. Rexroth promoted the work of Denise Levertov and influenced the poetry of Robert Duncan who was, himself, close friends with Olson and Creeley.

These are his credentials (among others), his bona fides, his role in the historical context of post-World War II American poetry. But what about his poetry? We will read around in his vast Complete Poems to gain insights into someone I consider to be a truly great poet, one David Perkins refers to in his two volume history of modern poetry as “one of the finest” of the San Francisco poets.

More past genre seminar topics (Google doc)