Department of Creative Writing {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

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Creative Writing at San Francisco State University

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Our Creative Writing Program was established in 1955 as part of the English Department and founded in 1968 as The Creative Writing Department. We offer three degree programs: B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, M.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing; and M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Our curriculum reflects our commitment to a variety of styles, subjects, and approaches, recognizing the complexity and breadth of contemporary writing. Graduates of our Creative Writing Program, Graduate and Undergraduate (creative nonfiction, fiction, playwriting and poetry), are instructed in literary analysis and develop their craft to constructively critique their own work and that of others. Students are prepared to participate in the larger community of writers with innovative writing in all four genres.

A great many of our students, and alumni go on to publish imaginative work of distinction;  many others are in positions of leadership in publishing firms, foundations, and art organizations.

We are honored to be associated with the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives. Internationally known, the center augments our programs,  sponsoring approximately fifty visiting writers per year, on campus and at various locations around San Francisco.


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Creative Writing in the News

Velvet Revolution Gives Voice to SF State Poets

Friday, September 11, 2015

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The Poetry Center on the fifth floor on the Humanities Building transforms Monday nights from a quiet sanctuary of thoughts into an animated community of friends and aspiring writers called The Velvet Revolution Reading Series.

"Absinthe Green" kicks off Fringe Goes Long play series

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Creative Writing Professor Roy Conboy, graduate student in Creative Writing Mira Pasikov, and alumna of Creative Writing Terry Boero help kick off SF State's annual series of full-length, one-act plays, featuring student compositions.



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