MFA Partnerships and Programs

Explore the many opportunities Dominican offers you to enrich your educational journey. 

Writing Retreat at the Finca

Midway through the program, Creative Writing MFA students may apply for an extended writing retreat at the Finca, a historic brickworks one hour outside Madrid, nestled among acres of olive trees, almond groves, and natural forest. The original buildings date back 250 years and overlook a breathtaking valley rich with thousands of years of vibrant history and culture. Within a half hour of the Finca are four large castles, one the home of the famous El Cid. The Finca offers a perfect backdrop for a period of sustained reflection for writing.

Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage

Book Passage and Dominican University of California have a long tradition of celebrating the art of writing. Each semester, Dominican's Institute for Leadership Studies and Book Passage present a collection of remarkable authors for a series of discussions, lectures, and readings centered around topics explored in their latest books. Dominican is grateful to Private Ocean for its generous support for the 2016-2017 Leadership Lecture Series.

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The Richard Ronan Poetry Collection

Dominican is honored to be the home of the archives of distinguished poet Richard Louis Ronan. American Poetry Review editor David Bonanno calls him “one of the most important Post-Stonewall Poets” in this poetry that witnesses lust, human love, identity, survival, and how art can witness and sing against the complex corners of life. Dominican MFA students, faculty, and the public are invited to view Ronan's illustrious collection of works on campus. 

Sigma Tau Delta

Creative Writing MFA students are welcome to join Alpha Omicron Rho, the Dominican chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society. Founded in 1925, Sigma Tau Delta is part of the of the Association of College Honor Societies. There are over 880 chapters of the society in the U.S. and abroad. 

Members of Sigma Tau Delta gain access to national and international events and activities, enjoy networking with colleagues and alumni members, and can take on leadership opportunities within the organization. Graduates are recognized at culminating ceremonies with an honor cord, pin, and the distinction of membership in an honor society. Members are also eligible for Sigma Tau Delta scholarships.

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