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Who is the GWC?
The Graduate Writers Collaborative (GWC) is a department-specific group that exists to anticipate and meet the specific needs of CW MFA and MA students. Think of us as a sort of student union, but specific to the grad students in SFSU’s Creative Writing program. We are that first source of support for you—for each other—within the department. We are not formally affiliated with the CW department or SFSU.
What does the GWC do?
We look out for you. You need resources and don’t know where to turn? SFSU is huge. We’ll help. A reading in your class is problematic and you don’t know how to address it? No worries: talk to us. Wish you had more writing buddies? Wondering what the scoop is on a particular class? Want something from the department? We’re happy to be your starting point, your guide, and your advocate.
We’re planning ways to help MFA students stay connected with each other this summer: virtual hangouts, writing sessions, workshops, and more.
We have several fluid/overlapping directions of work:
|Peer Support||Diversity & Inclusion||Events & Community||Alumni Outreach|
|Your friend in need. Your first place to go when you’re feeling lost or uncertain, or if you have a question you couldn’t find the answer to on your own. Not sure where to turn? Start with us.||Attracting, retaining and supporting diverse students and faculty; working with faculty for syllabi and reading lists to represent diverse writers; looking into resources for students from marginalized or under-represented groups.||Writing get-togethers; social get-togethers; community-building within our department, as well as with other CW-MFA departments in the Bay Area.||Helping soon-to-be alumni prepare for their transition out of grad school. Connecting with alumni with each other and with current students, to create a robust professional and social network.|
|Internal Affairs||Undergrad Liaison||Knowledge Management||(More things?)|
|Managing the GWC. Making sure we’re doing what we set out to do, that we’re efficient and effective. “Keepers” of the group’s vision, mission, strategy, and succession planning.||Connecting with, supporting and mentoring undergrads. We’re working on developing writing workshops to teach undergrads how to give (and receive) feedback on their writing.||Documenting history and maintaining records so that we know things now, and so that future gens will know what exists and what they can build on. Concretely: student directory, website, newsletter.||(We’re constantly evolving, so watch this space. :))|
Why should I care about the GWC?
You’re a writer. You’re in the MFA program. You already have wants: you want your classes to be rigorous and rewarding; you want your teachers to be thoughtful and tuned-in to students’ needs; you want your classmates to be supportive; you want the department as a whole to make your writing life better. So what happens if something isn’t the way you want it? If you want to handle it on your own, great. Or… come to us so that you don’t have to handle it alone.
Maybe you’re an incoming student and you’re feeling a little lost. Maybe you’re about to graduate from the program and you’re wondering how to manage your job search. Maybe something happened in the classroom that bothers you and you’re not sure how to handle it. Maybe you’d like to make more friends within the department. Whatever it is, we’re here for you.
How can I get involved in the GWC?
The GWC is always welcoming to students and alumni who would like to be involved. If any of the subgroups of the GWC spark interest with you, please feel free to contact any of the current members of that group to learn more about what we all do. Click here to see the list of members in each subgroup.
Or just drop us a note to chat with us.