MFA in Writing at California College of the Arts
  • Writer's Studio Garden
  • Jasmin Darznik reading from Song of a Captive Bird
  • Writer's Studio Bookshelf
  • MFAW team at AWP conference
  • Tracy K. Smith at CCA
  • Bay Area inspiration
About CCA's MFA Writing program

Creative Environment
A different kind of graduate school experience. CCA's Writers' Studio is a tranquil, green urban oasis nestled amongst a vibrant community of makers in an art school setting.

Diverse, Professional Faculty
MFA in Writing students at CCA can work closely with program chair Leslie Carol Roberts, New York Times best-selling authors Tom Barbash and Jasmin Darznik, leading poets Joseph Lease and Tonya Foster, or explore writing for social and community impact with Faith Adiele, Aimee Phan, and Eric Olson.

Internships are vastly important to any grad school student. Our program includes invaluable writing internships throughout the Bay Area's rich publishing and nonprofit communities.

Mentored Study
We provide you with one-on-one study with MFA Writing faculty mentors, offering a unique opportunity to pursue your own direction with focus and intensity.

Writers Series Events
CCA's graduate writing program features intimate encounters, readings, and workshops with acclaimed writers and poets like Tracy K. Smith, Dave Eggers, Antonya Nelson, Stephen Elliot, and more. (see past events)

Thesis Project
You will complete a manuscript of poetry, prose (short stories, novella, creative nonfiction), or a combination of genres.



MFA Writing Program Perks


Master Writers in Residence
A one-week program enlisting a writer of national or international prominence to serve as both instructor and voice on trends and issues in writing and literature.

Teaching Assistantships
Our graduate teaching assistantship program offers enrolled graduate students meaningful, sustained, and practical teaching experience.

Word. World.
The annual Word. World. event is a presentation of thesis work, a staple in our program's year-round programming. (watch past events)

Led by expert faculty, workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction are designed to establish a community of writers while focusing on the individual writing direction and practice of each student.



  • Sutro Tower by night
  • MFAW team in the garden
  • Vintage Typewriter
  • Tom Barbash, Andrew Nicholson, Molly Prentiss
  • Writers at work in the studio
  • Charif Shanahan
  • Writer's Studio garden
  • Tom Barbash & friends


Read our most recent MFA Writing Book featuring nearly 250 pages of thesis selections from MFA in Writing graduates at California College of the Arts. See what we're all about.

Writing Book 2015