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Our Spring Residency Guest Faculty

Each residency, we’re joined by a slate of guest writers, producers, agents, publishers, editors, and industry professionals. Here’s who will be joining us from June 3-12th in beautiful Rancho Mirage.  Interested in applying? Want to visit for the day? We'd be happy to have you. Please contact Agam Patel at agam.patel@ucr.edu or 760-834-0926. Sheila Callaghan's plays have been produced and [...]

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Spring Residency Guest Faculty

UCR@AWP

We're excited to be one of the sponsors of the 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles. Official events kick-off on Thursday, March 31st and run through the weekend...but our folks will be doing events all week long. If you're visiting the Bookfair, we'll be housed in booth #710, where we'll have information about the program, sample residency schedules, candy, water, [...]

By | March 28th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on UCR@AWP

Welcome Spring 2016 Cohort: Student Bios

Lisa Balderston graduated with her B.A. in English from San Diego State University.  She owned/operated an event photography business for over a decade and continues to enjoy photography as a hobby.  She has been published in local and national publications, including Working Mother, Complete Woman, San Diego Family Magazine and Mira Mesa Living.  She actively volunteers with various groups, such [...]

By | March 16th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Welcome Spring 2016 Cohort: Student Bios

The Best Books of 2015

We asked our students, alums, and faculty to tell us a few of their favorite books of 2015...even if the book didn't come out in 2015...and it appears this was the year of Joshua Mohr, Elena Ferrante and our own Jill Alexander Essbaum. Megan Eccles: RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater SIX OF CROWS by Leigh [...]

By | December 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Best Books of 2015

Our Fall Residency Guest Faculty

  Each residency, we're joined by a slate of guest writers, producers, agents, publishers, editors, industry professionals. Here's who will be joining us in December.  Interested in applying? Want to visit for the day? We be happy to have you. Please contact Agam Patel at agam.patel@ucr.edu or 760-834-0926.   Alexandra Barreto. Alexandra Barreto has been a working actress in Los [...]

By | November 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Fall Residency Guest Faculty

The Barbara Seranella Award

The last time I saw my friend Barbara Seranella was in October of 2006. We drove together from the desert into downtown Los Angeles, along with my wife Wendy, to attend an awards ceremony at a fancy old hotel. We were both up for prizes that we were pretty sure we’d lose, but Barbara was ebullient. Not for the prize. [...]

By | November 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Barbara Seranella Award

Reading Banned Books

Last week was Banned Books Week, so we asked a few of our students, alums, and professors to talk about a banned book from the ALA's list that held a special importance to them.  Sara Marchant: When Harriet the Spy was 'challenged' (by the extremely mentally narrow) my mother made sure I had a copy. I loved A Tree Grows [...]

By | October 5th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Reading Banned Books

Mickey Birnbaum Earns PEN Nod

Congratulations to alum & playwriting professor Mickey Birnbaum, whose acclaimed play "Backyard" was named a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in Drama: Judges: Shem Bitterman Brighde Mullins Craig Wright Winner: Victor Lodato, Arlington Finalists: Mickey Birnbaum, Backyard Robert Schenkkan, The Great Society

By | October 1st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mickey Birnbaum Earns PEN Nod

Mark Haskell Smith Gets Raves

It was a big summer for Mark Haskell Smith, whose book Naked At Lunch was a hit all over the country. Here's just a few of the notices: Los Angeles Times: "I went around the world smoking the best cannabis," he says. "I really had fun writing nonfiction. I got to travel, meet people. So then I was thinking, 'What [...]

By | October 1st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mark Haskell Smith Gets Raves

Yennie Cheung Is One The Best…

...or a the very least, she's been selected as one of the writers of the short-shorts of the years, in Best Small Fictions 2015, out now. And here's a sterling review which further elucidates the point: There are dozens of stand-outs, but if I had to choose favorites, they would be: #3: “A Notice from the Office of Reclamation” by [...]

By | October 1st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Yennie Cheung Is One The Best…