As part of the MFA in Creative Writing, students attend five, 10-day, residencies at Antioch University Los Angeles campus in Culver City, California, where they will form a collective of working writers. The residency builds a strong literary community around engagement with language, literature, social, and aesthetic issues that working writers confront.
During each residency, students in the MFA in Creative Writing program participate in an assigned creative writing workshop and attend at least seven additional learning activities such as faculty/guest seminars and graduating student presentations.
Some of these learning activities are listed below; required seminars are denoted by an asterisk (*).
- Arts, Culture, and Society I & II*
- Faculty and Guest Seminars on Craft, Aesthetics, Dramatic Writing, and Critical Reading
- Orientation to the Field Study *
- Genre Studies
- Writing Workshops*
- Critical Paper Seminar*
- Teaching of Creative Writing
- Art of Translation Seminar*
- Writers at Work Sessions
- Reading Like a Writer*
- Graduating Student Presentation *
- Graduating Student Reading *
Alistair McCartney, Teaching Faculty, Fiction
Alistair teaches Fiction in the MFA program at Antioch, directs the BA in Liberal Studies’ Creative Writing Concentration, and curates the BA Program’s Literary Uprising reading series. Faculty Listing
Ari Banias, Poetry Faculty
Ari Banias is the author of A Symmetry (W.W. Norton, 2021) and Anybody (W.W. Norton, 2016), which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. Faculty Listing
Nikki Darling, Fiction and CNF Faculty
Nikki Darling holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from USC. Her debut novel, Fade Into You, was published by Feminist Press in 2018, and is currently being adapted into a scripted series. Faculty Listing
Naima Coster, Fiction Faculty
Naima Coster is the author of two novels, What’s Mine and Yours, an instant New York Times bestseller, and her debut, Halsey Street, which was a finalist for the 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. Faculty Listing
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Poetry Faculty
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo’s debut poetry collection, Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016), is inspired by her family’s immigration stories and her time volunteering with the humanitarian aid organization, No More Deaths. Faculty Listing
Francesca Lia Block, Fiction and Young People Faculty
Francesca Lia Block has published over 25 works of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, and poetry for adults, young adults, and children, including the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement award-winning Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books. Faculty Listing
Jim Krusoe, Fiction Faculty
Jim Krusoe (fiction) has published two books of stories, Blood Lake and Abductions. His first novel, Iceland, was published by Dalkey Archive Press. Since then he has had five novels. Faculty Listing
Gayle Brandeis, Fiction and CNF Faculty
Gayle Brandeis is the author, most recently, of the memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis (Beacon Press) and the novel in poems, Many Restless Concerns (Black Lawrence Press). Faculty Listing
Sharman Apt Russell, CNF Faculty
Sharman Apt Russell (creative nonfiction faculty) is the recipient of the 2016 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing for Diary of a Citizen Scientist (Oregon State University Press, 2014), which also won the WILLA Award and was named by The Guardian as a top ten nature book. Faculty Listing
Erik Hansen, Screenwriting Faculty
Erik Hansen (Affiliate Faculty) has extensive film industry experience, having sold six screenplays to major Hollywood studios, including the feature film Heart & Souls, starring Robert Downey, Jr., released by Universal Studios. Faculty Listing
Tammy Lechner, Post-MFA Faculty
Tammy Lechner is an award-winning photojournalist with more than thirty years in the field, she was a staff member of four newspapers, including the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Los Angeles Times. Faculty Listing
Vanessa Hua, Fiction Guest
Vanessa Hua, is a guest speaker in the genre of fiction.
Toni Jensen, CNF Guest
Tyrese Coleman is a guest speaker in the genre of CNF.
Tyrese Coleman, CNF Guest
Tyrese Coleman is a guest speaker in the genre of CNF.
Diana Khoi Nguyen, Poetry Guest
Diana Khoi Nguyen is a guest speaker in the genre of poetry.
Isabel Quintero, Young People Guest
Isabel Quintero is a guest speaker in the genre of writing for young people.
Nicole Hodges Persley, Playwriting Guest
Nicole Hodges Persley is a guest speaker in the genre of playwriting.
Isabel Yap, Speculative Guest
Isabel Yap is a guest speaker in the genre of speculative writing.
Nadxieli Nieto, Guest Editor
Nadxieli Nieto is a guest speaker and editor.
Iwalani Kim, Guest Agent
Iwalani Kim is a guest speaker and an agent.
Miah Jeffra, Guest Editor
Miah Jeffra is a guest speaker and an editor.
Ilana Masad, Criticism Guest
Ilana Masad is a guest speaker focused on criticism.
Kavita Das, Pedagogy and CNF Guest
Kavita Das is a guest speaker with a focus on pedagogy.
Ligiah Villalobos, Screenwriting Guest
Ligiah Villalobos is a Writer, Producer, Consultant, Educator, and Lecturer. She wrote and executive produce the indie film Under the Same Moon, (La Misma Luna) which was acquired by Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company at the Sundance Film Festival. Faculty Listing
Lorinda Toledo, Critical Writing Guest
Lorinda Toledo, Critical Paper Seminar
Jenny Factor, Poetry Guest
Jenny Factor is a guest speaker in the genre of poetry.
Curt Duffy, Teaching Academic Writing Guest
Curt Duffy (Online Writing Pedagogy Specialist) teaches English at Los Angeles Pierce College and has provided educational design and administration services to a number of clients, including West Coast University and Southern California Edison. Faculty Listing
Rae Dubow, Speaking Coach
Rae Dubow is a guest speaking coach.
MFA Program Publishes 21st Issue of the LUNCH TICKET
by Antioch University on July 7, 2022
Literary Uprising Reading Brings in Five Diverse Voices
by Sierra-Nicole E. DeBinion on May 18, 2022
With New Role, Writer Alistair McCartney Continues 25-Year Journey at Antioch
by Kenzy El-Mohandes on April 15, 2022