Creative Writing & Literature

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Engage the Power of Words.

Claim your individual voice and vision through one of the two graduate programs offered by the Mills Literatures & Languages Department. Choose our innovative Flex Res MFA in Creative Writing that enables you to earn a degree from Mills from anywhere in the country. Or pursue our renowned master of arts degree in English language and literatures in just one year. Whatever option you choose, you'll find inspiration and support from an inclusive community of writers and scholars in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area’s literary scene.

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The Flex Res MFA in Creative Writing

Mills offers a new kind of MFA in creative writing in poetry or prose that enables you to choose how you want to learn each semester. Whether you’re interested in traditional classes, individualized mentoring, or both, we give you the flexibility to earn your degree your way along with one-on-one support from our writers and scholars. 

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MA in English Language & Literatures

The one-year master of arts (MA) in English language and literatures is designed to develop your critical writing and scholarly research skills in the context of your unique goals. You’ll work closely and collaboratively with our faculty of renowned scholars to choose a course of study and develop a final thesis project that is a sustained piece of scholarly research.

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Graduate Assistantships

All full-time students can apply for a graduate assistantship where you might help publish our student journal, work on our writing and reading series, or collaborate in the community as part of the We Are the Voices initiative. 

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Faculty Artists/Scholars

Be inspired by award-winning novelists, poets, and journalists as well as published scholars. All are dedicated educators who will mentor you one-on-one.

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Contemporary Writers

Meet renowned writers at our annual Contemporary Writers Series. Past speakers include literary legends such as Joyce Carol Oates and exciting new writers such as Aria Aber and Wendy C. Ortiz. 

Alumnae Spotlight

Carolina De Robertis, MFA ’07  
Author of The Gods of Tango

“I found a community of intrepid, intensely stimulating faculty and peers at Mills. I also discovered previously unimagined directions.”

Nina LaCour, MFA ’06  
Author of We Are Okay 

“I have never written more intensively or in a more stimulating environment than I did when I was in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Mills College.”

Mike Oppenheim
Mike Oppenheim, MFA '11
Author of Baby Doll (the Book)

“The faculty is the keystone of the Mills education. Every single professor I studied with was attentive to my individual needs as a person, as a student, but most importantly, as an aspiring artist.”

Sierra Lomuto
Sierra Lomuto, MA '09  
Doctoral Student at University of Pennsylvania 

“My Mills professors created an academic environment that was as rigorous as it was empowering—pushing me to think more deeply and thoughtfully.”

Meg Day
Meg Day, MFA '10  
Author of Last Psalm at Sea Level 

“Mills commitment to community and its focus on social justice is evident in the coursework, the classrooms, and in the incredible poets by whom I found myself surrounded.”

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