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 Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, 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.