California Institute of Integral Studies

California, United States

Residential program

The MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing program has a unique multi-genre, multidisciplinary approach, and a strong focus on diverse, international, contemporary literary models. The writers in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing program--a supportive community of faculty and students--encourage and challenge each other to create beautiful, powerful work, literature that changes lives. Our approach combines intellectual rigor with playful curiosity and the willingness to take risks and experiment in workshop, art, and craft courses. Studies in consciousness, theory, and the relationship of contemporary literature to history bring the greater world into our writing. We do not believe literary artists exist in a vacuum or must separate from the culture to create; rather, we hold the view that art provides a profound method for engaging self and culture and can transform the individual and world. Our poems, stories, essays, novels, memoirs, and multi-genre work may aim to change the world, develop the consciousness of both writer and readers, or simply delight and surprise our readers.

The writers in the program are deeply motivated individuals with rich life experiences and the conviction that writing is both an art and a calling. They learn to celebrate the variety and diversity of each other's choices and gifts, to give supportive feedback aimed at illuminating and strengthening each writer's work, and to claim their particular literary lineage. Students have a range of choices in establishing their individual programs and areas of study.

The heart of the program--the MFA Workshop and MFA Project--gives students a chance to focus on their own work while learning from the work of their peers. Courses on the art and craft of writing combine writing instruction with an education in reading as a writer and an overview of the history of, and contemporary practices in, the writing genres. This combination of courses, focusing on genre and then specific craft elements (that may cross genres), exposes students to the essential techniques and practices in a variety of types of writing, while allowing them to develop dexterity as writers and proficiency in various literary forms. We also have a notable professional development curriculum, with second-year courses in Editing and Publishing, Teaching Creative Writing, and the Artist in the World. Courses in arts administration, community arts work and teaching offered the MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts are also open to students in the MFA in Writing and Consciousness.

Contact Information

1453 Mission Street
MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing
San Francisco
California, United States
94103-2561
Phone: 415-575-6285
Email: cshearer@ciis.edu
http://www.ciis.edu/mfa



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Graduate Program Director

Paula Junn
Program Coordinator
1453 Mission St
San Francisco
California, United States
94103
Phone: 415-575-6250
Email: pjunn@ciis.edu

The MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing program has a unique multi-genre, multidisciplinary approach, and a strong focus on diverse, international, contemporary literary models. The writers in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing program--a supportive community of faculty and students--encourage and challenge each other to create beautiful, powerful work, literature that changes lives. Our approach combines intellectual rigor with playful curiosity and the willingness to take risks and experiment in workshop, art, and craft courses. Studies in consciousness, theory, and the relationship of contemporary literature to history bring the greater world into our writing. We do not believe literary artists exist in a vacuum or must separate from the culture to create; rather, we hold the view that art provides a profound method for engaging self and culture and can transform the individual and world. Our poems, stories, essays, novels, memoirs, and multi-genre work may aim to change the world, develop the consciousness of both writer and readers, or simply delight and surprise our readers.

The writers in the program are deeply motivated individuals with rich life experiences and the conviction that writing is both an art and a calling. They learn to celebrate the variety and diversity of each other's choices and gifts, to give supportive feedback aimed at illuminating and strengthening each writer's work, and to claim their particular literary lineage. Students have a range of choices in establishing their individual programs and areas of study.

The heart of the program--the MFA Workshop and MFA Project--gives students a chance to focus on their own work while learning from the work of their peers. Courses on the art and craft of writing combine writing instruction with an education in reading as a writer and an overview of the history of, and contemporary practices in, the writing genres. This combination of courses, focusing on genre and then specific craft elements (that may cross genres), exposes students to the essential techniques and practices in a variety of types of writing, while allowing them to develop dexterity as writers and proficiency in various literary forms. We also have a notable professional development curriculum, with second-year courses in Editing and Publishing, Teaching Creative Writing, and the Artist in the World. Courses in arts administration, community arts work and teaching offered to the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Writing program.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 12
Smallest Class Size: 12
Genres: Fiction, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Tuition 19000
Duration of Study: 2 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Criticism and Theory: 3
Workshop: 12
Literature: 6
Thesis: 6
Total Units for Degree: 48
Other Requirements: Course work in the Art of Writing (9 units) and Artist in the World (6 units), professional development courses. Also opportunities to take 6 units in Consciousness study. Weekend Intensive (with limited online component)
Application Deadline Fall: 07/15/2019
Application Deadline Spring: 11/15/2018
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, Other




FACULTY

Carolyn Cooke


Cindy Shearer


Kris Brandenburger


Pireeni Sundaralingam





COMMUNITY