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30 Days of Awesome

Our students and alums publish constantly. It's almost impossible to keep up with it all. So, here's what happened over 30 days in May, an average month: - Larry Handy has his story "1000 Paper Cranes" published in Quiddity. - Michele Lombardo has a short story called "Sublime Bosoms" in Permafrost Magazine. - Ruth Nolan's story from LA Fiction Anthology, [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:11+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on 30 Days of Awesome

Raves for Debbie Graber’s Debut Kevin Kramer Starts On Monday

Alum Debbie Graber's debut collection of short stories, Kevin Kramer Starts on Monday, has just been released to rave reviews, like this one from Electric Literature: Graber is especially interested the tension between the collective and the individual in the workplace. To that end, a few of the stories are structured around disembodied narrators/protagonists — not quite the first-person plural We but [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:11+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Raves for Debbie Graber’s Debut Kevin Kramer Starts On Monday

Mark Takano in the New York Times

Our graduates use their skills in many different ways, like Mark Takano, who has taken his MFA to Congress. In this profile in the New York Times, he dishes on how he uses his grammar and Jane Austen skills in office:  You were a high-school English teacher for 24 years, and you have notoriously marked up your colleagues’ writings with [...]

By | 2016-07-10T22:42:50+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mark Takano in the New York Times

Natashia Deon’s Grace Blows Up

Alum Natashia Deon has had a big summer. Her debut novel Grace has taken off like a rocket, with raves in Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, Time, People, Redbook, Buzzfeed and a little place called the New York Times: With her debut novel, “Grace,” Natashia Deón has announced herself beautifully and distinctively. Her emotional range spans several octaves. She writes with [...]

By | 2016-07-10T22:36:09+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Natashia Deon’s Grace Blows Up

Get Away To Write: Applications Due 8/1

Are you ready to start the rest of your writing life? Applications for our fall 2016 class are due 8/1. Here's what you need to have ready: *25 pages of creative work in your chosen field (so: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or screenwriting). We always recommend that you send pages from the start of a project versus pages from the middle [...]

By | 2016-07-10T21:19:11+00:00 July 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Get Away To Write: Applications Due 8/1

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 | 2017-05-18T16:48:11+00:00 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 | 2017-05-18T16:48:11+00:00 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 | 2017-05-18T16:48:11+00:00 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 | 2017-05-18T16:48:11+00:00 December 27th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Best Books of 2015