Matthew Clark Davison is a writer and educator living in San Francisco. He is creator and teacher of The Lab :: Writing Classes with MCD, a non-academic school started in 2007 in a friend's living room on Douglass Street. 10+ Years/20+ Cycles/120+ Sessions/140+ Writers & Artists Studied/200+ Labbers/4 Locations/ &
1,000s of pages of stories later, The Lab is still going strong. He earned a BA and MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU, where he now teaches full-time in the BA/MA/MFA departments. Matthew served as the Chief Artistic Strategist at Performing Arts Workshop, where he worked for eleven years as a teaching artist and as a mentor to newly-hired teaching artists who bring intensive residencies in various art forms to children who may not otherwise receive an arts education. He has also coached writing at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and continues to coach established and aspiring writers on their creative manuscripts.
His debut novel, Doubting Thomas, will be published in Summer 2021 by Amble Press. The textbook version of The Lab, co-authored by bestselling writer Alice LaPlante, will be published by Norton in 2022. His prose has been recently anthologized in Empty The Pews (Epiphany Publishing) and 580-Split; and published in or on Guernica, The Atlantic Monthly, Foglifter, Lumina Magazine, Fourteen Hills, Per Contra, Educe, and others; and has been recognized with a Creative Work Grant, (Inaugural Awardee/San Francisco State University), Cultural Equities Grant (San Francisco Arts Commission), Clark Gross Award for a Novel-in-Progress, and a Stonewall Alumni Award.
Courses taught at SFSU include: MFA Process in Creative Nonfiction, Characterization, Short Story Writing, Uses of Personal Experience, Directed Writing (a one-on-one tutorial), Writers on Writing, Craft of Fiction, Style in Fiction, The Short-Short Story, Works In Progress, Personal Narrative, Teaching Creative Writing, Transfer Literary Magazine, and Fourteen Hills.
photo by John Masterson