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MFAW Events & Updates

News and Updates

For a full list of CCA Events you can always check the Portal Calendar.

Program Events

Tuesday Talks Visiting Writers Reading Series

  • 4:00pm: Craft Talk/Master Class and Q&A
  • 5:00pm: Public Reading in the Studio
  • 6:00pm: Community Dinner

9/17 Jamel Brinkley + Community Dinner

9/24 Leslie Carol Roberts Master Class: The Materiality of Ecologies: See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me

10/1 Camille Dungy + Community Dinner

10/8 Ishmael Reed Poetry Master Class and Reading *Please note this reading will begin at 6:00pm*

10/22 Eric Olson Master Class: Dreamstorming and Pattern Recognition

10/29 Richard Rodriguez + Community Dinner

11/12 Tonya Foster Master Class

11/19 Ingrid Rojas Contreras + Community Dinner

12/3 Denise Newman Master Class: Translation Workshop

Tues 12/10 Alumni Reading feat. Vanessa Flores, Alka Josh, Vernon Keeve III, Samiat Salami


Tues 11/5

Donna de la Perriere & Leslie Carol Roberts reading

6:00pm, The Writing Studio

- followed by -

Community Dinner with visiting writer Charles Bock

6:00pm - 7:00pm, The Writing Studio

MFAW Events at Litquake Festival

Sat 10/12 Pursuit of Publishing Panels, Timken Hall CCA 1111 8th St, SF

Panel 1: It was the best of lines, it was the worst of lines

11:00am - 12:15pm

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a writer in possession of a good novel must be in want of a great opening line." —Jane Austen, sorta

Come compete in our Great First Lines contest! Bring three versions of the first line of your novel, short story, memoir or even query or cover letter. Our panel of experts will offer suggestions and choose a winner. We'll discuss great first lines in literature and what makes them succeed. Featuring editors from ZYZZYVA, Bare Life Review, and Wise Ink Publishing, as well as an agent from Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Panel 2: Rise to the Top of the Slush Pile
12:30pm - 1:45pm

Four literary magazines answer the questions on every writer’s mind: what are you looking for? How can I make my submission shine? How do you decide who gets published and who goes to recycling bin? Secrets will be revealed. Featuring editors from ZYZZVA, Foglifter Press, Under the Gum Tree, and Bellingham Review.

Panel 3: Debut Authors and Their Publishers
2:30pm - 4:00pm

Get both sides of the story as this year’s crop of debut authors are joined by the publishers who gave them their wings. A memoirist and an indie press, a novelist and a hybrid publisher, and an inspirational speaker and a creative publishing agency share their journeys.

Panel 4: The Working Writer

4:15pm - 5:30pm

Manjula Martin, editor of Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living moderates this dream team of panelists who exemplify the ways to create, work, and make a living.

Sun 10/13 The Art of Writing Panels, Writing Studio

Panel 1: The Art of the Short Story

1pm - 2:15pm

Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams." —Neil Gaiman

Join four short fiction authors as they talk about their craft. Featuring Olga Zilberbourg, Keenan Norris, Mimi Lok, and Beth Piatote. Moderated by Peg Alford Pursell.

Panel 2: The Art of the Novel

2:30pm - 3:45pm

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." —Jane Austen

Join four short fiction authors as they talk about their craft. Featuring Rachel Howard, Ruchika Tomar, Yangze Choo, and Marci Vogel. Moderated by Jasmin Darznik.

The Art of Writing Craft Talk with Tupelo Hassman

4pm - 5:15pm

"Hassman is such a poised storyteller that her prose practically struts. A voice as fresh as hers is so rare that at times I caught myself cheering..."—The New York Times

Join award-winning novelist Tupelo Hassman as she talks about the strengths of her craft: elegant prose, barn-burner voicework, and characters to remember. In conversation with Evan Karp.

Weds 10/16 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Name a Bram Stoker Book Besides Dracula: Lit Quiz Night with CCA, The Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St, SF

Join the MFA Program from California College of the Arts—celebrating 20 years of making the world safe for poets and prose writers—for a night of literary trivia competition! Get a team together and come on down to the Make-Out Room. Prizes include signed books and a one-on-one reading/critique of a winner's work by a CCA MFA faculty member! FREE, $5 suggested donation

Sat 10/19

2:00pm - 6:00 pm Lit Crawl Book Fair, Gray Area Theater, 2665 Mission St, SF

6:30pm - 7:30pm MFAW Faculty and student reading at the Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St, SF

College-wide updates

For a full listing of important CCA dates please refer to the Academic Calendar.