Two Genres Are Better Than One: The SJSU Dual-Genre MFA Program Model

Saturday, March 26, 2022
1:45 pm to 2:45 pm


San Jose State University’s MFA has been a dual-genre program since its inception in 2000. SJSU requires MFA students to complete three workshops in a primary genre and two workshops in a declared secondary genre. SJSU offers tracks in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting/playwriting. We also offer occasional hybrid-genre workshops. MFA core faculty and MFA students will discuss the advantage of working in two genres and reflect on their experiences in the program.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline_Two_Genres_Are_Better_Than_One_v.2_.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: AWP_2022_Slides.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: AWPSampleSlides.pdf
Supplemental Document 3: Two_Genres_Are_Better_Than_One-SJSU_Origin_Story--v.2_.pdf



Alan Soldofsky's most recent collection of poems is In the Buddha Factory. He is also coeditor with David Koehn of Compendium: A Collection of Thoughts on Prosody by Donald Justice. He is a professor of English and the director of creative writing at San Jose State University.

Sally Ashton is author of The Behaviour of Clocks, Some Odd Afternoon, Her Name Is Juanita, and These Metallic Days, and she is assistant editor of They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing and editor in chief of DMQ Review. She teaches at San José State University.

Ume Ali is a teaching associate and MFA candidate at SJSU, where she studies fiction and poetry. She has served as contributing editor for Azizah Magazine and she is nonfiction editor at Reed Magazine and also president of the Diasporic Peoples Writing Collective. Ume's work can be found in Azizah and Caesura.

Nick Taylor is the author of the novels The Disagreement and Father Junípero's Confessor. He also writes a series of thrillers under the pseudonym T.T. Monday. He is a professor at San Jose State, where he directs the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies.

J. Michael Martinez is the author of Museum of the Americas, selected for the National Poetry Series and longlisted for the National Book Award, and Heredities, winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. He is an assistant professor of poetry at San Jose State University.


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