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University of California, Riverside –
Palm Desert Graduate Center

MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts

75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive

Palm Desert, CA 92211

Website: palmdesertmfa.ucr.edu

Program director: Tod Goldberg

Program contact: Agam Patel

Phone: (760) 834-0926

Email: palmdesertmfa@ucr.edu

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: low-residency

Length of program: 2 years

Genres: fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, poetry – students also work in a secondary genre, effectively as a minor, which includes the above genres as well as playwriting

Enrollment: Fall/Spring

Total credits required: 56

Application deadlines: Aug. 1st (for fall enrollment), Feb. 1st (for spring enrollment)

Scholarships available: no

Assistantships: no

Core faculty: Elizabeth Crane, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Tod Goldberg, Mark Haskell-Smith, Stephen Graham Jones, Joshua Malkin, Anthony McCann, Mary Otis, Bill Rabkin, Emily Rapp, Rob Roberge, John Schimmel, Deanne Stillman, David Ulin, Mary Yukari Waters

Visiting faculty: For an updated list, visit www.palmdesertmfa.ucr.edu

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazine: yes, The Coachella Review

Reading series: yes (see website)

Recent visiting writers: Jane Smiley, Dan Chaon, Dave Cullen, Steve Almond, Amy Gerstler, Geoff Dyer, Susan Straight, Phoef Sutton, editors from Simon & Schuster, Grove, Viking, Penguin, Other Voices, Dzanc, No Tell Books, Paris Review, New York Times, The Collagist, Los Angeles Times

Program description: The low residency MFA program at UCR-Palm Desert, the first such program in the University of California system, is unique in that it directly marries your academic pursuits with a real world emphasis on the next stage of your writing career - namely publication and production.

Students work one-on-one with their professors during the course of seven quarters of online study and five intensive 10-day residencies at the beautiful Riviera Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, CA. The program was designed and is taught by writers for writers and is open to all genres of writing - including fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting and poetry - and all forms within those genres, including mystery, crime, science fiction and slipstream, commercial Hollywood films and television - and at the same time is open to the wildest kind of experimental, arty, fringy writing. Students also work in a secondary genre during the course of their study which we believe helps create a well-rounded writer and provides a more in depth immersion in literature.

UCR-Palm Desert is also home to the student-edited The Coachella Review, a top online literary journal, which provides our MFA candidates with the opportunity to gain real world publishing experience and which provides limited grants to editors within the various genres.


last updated 10/16/2013