Sometimes, we forget that becoming a writer is as much a choice as not becoming a writer. Here, core faculty member Mary Otis, the author of the acclaimed story collection Yes, Yes, Cherries, talks about the path she can guide you through in your time in the Hottest MFA...the Low Residency MFA at UCR Palm Desert: A writing teacher is [...]
Max Gee (Screenwriting) has been a very busy writer. She was a quarterfinalist for the 2013 BlueCat Screenplay competition for her script The Beaumonts. She had a short story entitled "The Crash" published in One & Other magazine, a York based cultural magazine and One & Other also recently interviewed her about her screenwriting and anime: She's also currently abridging and adapting [...]
Jenn-Anne Gledhill (Screenwriting) has a new regular column on Chicago Now all about, well, the title probably tells it all: Old Single Mom. After the relationship was over, but long before it was finished, a low, calm, voice would occasionally whisper to me: “What if your authentic life is not in this relationship?” It would happen anywhere, and without warning: [...]
We know what you're going through. You're looking at the tab on the application that says "Statement of Purpose" and that one that says "Statement of Personal History" and you're trying to figure out what you're supposed to write. You're looking at the tab for the creative sample and you're trying to figure out if you need to turn in [...]
This time of year, we frequently are asked by applicants whether or not they'll fit into the program. It's a good question, of course. We all want to fit in somewhere. But what they're really asking is: Is there anyone there like me? The answer is: Probably. Our students are men and women. They come from all over the country [...]
Choosing a graduate school is never an easy task...not when there are literally hundreds from which to choose. When Rick Marlatt was admitted into the Low Residency MFA at UCR, it didn't exist yet. It was the summer of 2008 and the Low Residency program had just been launched. We had no students. We had no alumni. We had six professors [...]
The deadline to start with our next cohort is coming up fast! Applications are due August 1st for students who wish to be part of our 2013 fall class, so if you've been waiting...the waiting time is just about up. Online instruction begins October 1st and is followed by residency December 6-15th at the beautiful Rancho Las Palmas Resort & [...]
We are pleased to announce that Stacy Bierlein has been brought on as the first Executive Editor of The Coachella Review. Stacy is a founding editor of Other Voices Books, the co-creator of the Morgan Street International Novel Series, for over a decade served as editor of Other Voices magazine, edited two award winning anthologies, A Stranger Among Us: Stories of [...]
Dan Rosen (Screenwriting, 2012) has been named Consulting Producer for the hit syndicated comedy First Family after previously serving as a staff writer on the show since its inception in 2012.
Our own Charles Evered has had a big year -- a Saturn Award nomination for his film A Thousand Cuts, being named the Artistic Director of the UCR Theatre department, a rave review in the NY Times -- and now he's also featured in the Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2012, for his play "Looking".