About the M.F.A.
Cradled between Los Angeles and the snow-capped San Bernardino mountains, Cal State San Bernardino welcomes writers with fresh voices, expansive visions and evident commitment into a diverse and thriving arts community. Our two-year terminal studio arts degree is designed to nurture talent while preparing students for the challenges and joys that mark the writer's life. Each student will complete a publishable manuscript of fiction or poetry, and most will begin publishing individual pieces in literary journals during their time at CSUSB. Through workshops, visiting writers, seminars, the study of literature and hands-on experience in the community, the program helps students actualize as writers in a changing world, including opportunities in teaching, editing at publishing firms, newspapers and magazines, professional writing, and work at foundations and arts organizations. MFA students have the opportunity to edit and design our national literary journal, Ghost Town, and to publish book reviews and interviews with renowned authors. Each MFA student will give two full professional readings for a public audience and will have opportunities to read their work (and to develop radio shows!) on Coyote Radio as well as in the dozens of local readings that occur in the Inland Empire. Many of our students choose to attend creative writing workshops in Costa Rica in the summer which includes weekend trips to forests, beaches and volcanoes.
Visiting Writers Series: recent visiting writers include Sandra Cisneros, Garrett Hongo, Aimee Bender, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Wanda Coleman, David St. John, Sandra Alcosser, Anne-Marie Kinney, Joy Manesiotis, James Meetze, Gary McDowell, Dwight Yates, and Anna Journey.
Our program is selective, and class sizes are small. The students form life-long bonds in this supportive community. Most of the core and elective classes are offered during the evening. About two-thirds of the coursework consists of writing classes; the other third allows the student to take either a teaching or literature focus. Our core faculty members are experienced and effective teachers with impressive professional records of literary accomplishments and publications.