Why Mills

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Grow as a writer and reader of poetry with the Mills MFA in creative writing. Explore a wide range of aesthetic traditions, collaborate on a provocative thesis project, and join a vibrant local, national, and global poetry community.

The master of fine arts (MFA) degree in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry is designed to develop your growth as a writer and reader of poetry, enhance your awareness of the contemporary poetic field, and highlight opportunities in publishing, teaching, and community work. Alumnae/i maintain strong connections with one another and with San Francisco Bay Area poetry communities; publish their work in magazines, anthologies, and full-length collections; regularly perform at local and national venues; and are themselves successful publishers, editors, and academics.

While at Mills, you’ll have the opportunity to study with our faculty of renowned writers, working in diverse aesthetic traditions in a wide range of classes. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with our exemplary literature professors in courses that focus on the history and criticism of literature and literary theory. You’ll work closely and collaboratively with faculty to develop and complete your creative writing thesis during the final year of study. You will be encouraged to write a thesis that is risky, investigative, and confident, that pushes your development as a writer, and speaks to your own passions, experiences, and ideas. Our alumnae/i regularly go on to publish work produced as part of their thesis at Mills.

In the Mills MFA writing programs you'll engage with your fellow students and with a vibrant local and national poetry community through numerous literary events, and find many opportunities for professional development in teaching, publishing, and performance.

We offer both two-year and three-year course of study options for the graduate English programs. The MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry degree requirements are exactly the same whether you choose to earn you master's in two years or three; your study is simply completed over a different time frame.

The Mills English Department is committed to offering both need-based scholarships and a large number of partial-tuition graduate assistantships. We offer a small number of competitive full-tuition fellowships to applicants entering the MFA and MA programs.

In short, you can shape your MFA in creative writing in a variety of ways to create a one-of-a-kind educational experience that fits your artistic, career, and educational goals.