Creative Writing

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    Imagination, The Fiction Writer's Life

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    Melissa Clark

    Bear Witness

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    Kim Askew

    Kim Askew is co-author of Twisted Lit, the critically-acclaimed Shakespeare-inspired ser ...

  • Earn your Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Creative Writing at a top-rated private university in Los Angeles: Mount Saint Mary’s University.

    • Earn your degree in two years
    • Weekend classes fit your schedule
    • Small class sizes for more impact
    • Affordable tuition to fit your budget
    • Classes offered near downtown Los Angeles
    • Professional development internships, teaching and publishing

    Elevate your career aspirations with a Creative Writing MFA from Mount Saint Mary’s University.

    Mount Saint Mary's MFA in Creative Writing Program seeks to train passionate and talented writers who will commit to the daily practice of writing and who aspire to crafting work of publishable quality. The number of accepted applicants is intentionally kept small in order to ensure the high quality of the program, as well as to permit student writers to consult frequently with their faculty mentors. Though writing is often considered a solitary art, students are encouraged to participate actively in a rich campus environment of creative dialogue through student readings, thesis-writing groups, the Mount literary journal Dry River Review, and other campus and Los Angeles events, as these types of activities make up the professional writer’s life.

    The MFA in Creative Writing Program is designed as a two-year weekend residency program which culminates in the submission of a creative thesis (a screenplay, novel, collection of stories, or book of poetry) and the awarding of a Master of Fine Arts degree. The MFA Program is structured to allow graduate student writers maximum time for creative and intellectual exploration.   Students attend two courses per semester on weekends:  a writing workshop and an elective.  Elective courses will be selected from among the full offerings of the MA Humanities curriculum.  Students may take courses in literature, history, cultural studies and philosophy, and/or by permission, may take classes offered by the MFA Film & TV Program.  For students in the MFA in Creative Writing Program, Los Angeles and its many resources, as well as the Mount campus, provide opportunities for students to select three units of professional development courses such as Editorial Internships, Approaches to Teaching, and Publishing.

    In the final semesters, instead of taking a workshop, graduate students work independently with a faculty advisor and complete a thesis.  The thesis is a substantial work of screenwriting, television writing, fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry.  The thesis is intended to represent the student’s achievement during the two years in residency at the Mount.

    We look forward to welcoming you into the Mount St. Mary's community of writers!

    2015 LA Writers Conference
    On Saturday, March 14, Mount Saint Mary's MFA in Creative Writing Program will host the 2015 LA Writers Conference, in partnership with the LA Chapter of the Women's National Book Association. The LA Writers Conference will welcome aspiring, new, practiced and professional writers to the Mount's historic Doheny campus in downtown Los Angeles. Here, writers will engage with a diverse and dynamic group of authors, students, community writing groups, literary agents, publishers, book coaches, editors, book clubs and booksellers.

    The event features world-acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni as the day's closing keynote speaker, and bestselling Young Adult author Margaret Stohl as the conference's opening speaker.

    For more information on the LA Writers Conference - and to register - visit

    Thank you to our LA Writers Conference event partners: