Why Choose Our Program?
At SDSU, we believe our Creative Writing program is uniquely situated to provide writers with an exciting, informative, personalized—and affordable—path to attaining their MFA.
Inspired by Experiences
Inspired by our place in the world, the program provides a rich and diverse experience that goes beyond the classroom.
A Beautiful Location
Our campus is situated in the heart of San Diego, the site of early Californian history, and only minutes from the U.S./Mexico border.
A Global Approach to Writing
Our international approach is reflected in our course work and faculty expertise.
A History of Excellence
Established in 1989 by Poet Sandra Alcosser, SDSU became the second MFA Creative Writing program in California.
Named one of the best MFAs in the U.S. by Wiley University Services.
In the Spotlight
Renee Swindle's first novel, Please Please Please, was an Essence Magazine/Blackboard bestseller and published in Japan and Germany. Her novels Shake Down The Stars and A Pinch Of Ooh La La were published by Penguin/NAL. She is currently working on her fourth novel.
The Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers' Series at SDSU is one of the longest continuously running series in the nation. The series has featured an impressive slate of award-winning authors, many of them who are alumni of our program. All of the events are free and open to the public.
D.S. (Dan) Waldman is a 2022-2024 Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University. His work has appeared in such publications as Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, Narrative, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, and Gulf Coast. D.S. serves as the poetry editor at Adroit.
MFA student Robert Lang Wins Creative Writing Story Slam
Congratulations to MFA student Robert Lang who won the Creative Writing Story Slam for his presentation titled "Five Minutes
in Heaven," which was inspired by his experience working in a psychiatric hospital.
Robert's performance opened the recent Association of Graduate and Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) conference alongside two other talented writers.
Creative Writing Currently: SDSU Adds New Faculty; Shares Student & Alumni Highlights
Wrapping up the spring semester, we want to take a moment to celebrate what we’ve accomplished this year and what we have in place for 2023–24. We’re excited to welcome Matt de la Peña and Lashon Daley to the MFA faculty at San Diego State University. Matt de la Peña is the #1 New York Times Bestselling, Newbery Medal-winning author of seven young adult novels and five picture books. Lashon Daley is the author of Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits and Vegetables and the director of the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature at San Diego State University. Read the full article on the Association of Writers & Writing Programs website.
Congratulations to Stephen-Paul Martin! His new book, TwentyTwenty, was published by Spuyten Duyvil.
Editorial Review: Stephen-Paul Martin’s TwentyTwenty reminds us that in his finest moments, he’s the king of writing degree zero, the
American Albert Camus, if Camus had a sense of humor. “He stares at the seemingly
random combination of numbers and letters, then shrugs and clicks. There’s a flash
on his screen, a clip of someone jerking off in a bedroom. Clark thinks it might be
a picture of himself right before the phone rang, but the image is gone before he
can see it clearly.” His straightforward yet unaccountably insane prose is anomie
trapped in a bounce house. His seemingly relaxed narrative is “a leash that can be
jerked at any moment,” as his hapless protagonists, in stories like “Almost Famous”
and “Just Another Emergency” obsess over people’s fake smiles, mermaids who appear
out of nowhere, and the political soul destroyers who mask their evil intentions with
bland and obvious gestures in a nation soothed to boredom by the grotesquerie of the
--Johnny Payne, author of Confessions of a Gentleman Killer