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The Mid-Career Writer & The MFA: An Interview with Stephen Jay Schwartz

Most people who apply to an MFA program do so for a very simple reason: they want to become a professional writer. Which makes Stephen Jay Schwartz, a second year fiction student, somewhat unusual -- he's the Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat, a screenwriter, and a former film executive, too. And the fact is, Stephen's not alone -- over 50% of [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 July 24th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Mid-Career Writer & The MFA: An Interview with Stephen Jay Schwartz

Our Students & Alums Publish & Produce…Like Crazy

It's been quite a burst of publishing and production news from our students and alums this week...but the thing is, it's not an unusual week for the students and alums of the Hottest MFA. It's part of what we advocate: getting your work out there, selling it, producing it, making a career out of your writing. Anna Hozian topped the [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:16-07:00 July 21st, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Students & Alums Publish & Produce…Like Crazy

This Is Your Life: Emily Rapp On Writing & Reading Nonfiction

Everyone believes they have a story to tell...but does everyone have a memoir in them? We ask nonfiction professor Emily Rapp, the author of two bestselling memoirs, Poster Child and The Still Point of the Turning World, the hard questions. (And then one about cheese, as we believe it's important for everyone to be educated on tasty cheeses.) Everyone thinks their life is [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:17-07:00 July 17th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on This Is Your Life: Emily Rapp On Writing & Reading Nonfiction

Faculty News: Rob Roberge Signs Major Deal For LIAR

Congratulations to professor Rob Roberge, who has sold his memoir Liar to Crown in a major deal. Rob is the author of four previous books, all fiction -- the novels Drive, More Than They Could Chew, and The Cost of Living and the story collection Working Backwards from the Worst Moment of My Life. Liar is Rob's first book of nonfiction. Here's Rob reading [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:17-07:00 July 10th, 2014|Categories: Faculty News, Program News|Comments Off on Faculty News: Rob Roberge Signs Major Deal For LIAR

The Way We Value Art: An Education in Poetry

One of the most frequent questions we're asked concerns the value of an MFA in poetry. We asked Anthony McCann, one of our poetry professors, and the author of the forthcoming collection Thing Music (Wave Books), as well as three previous collections, to investigate...and what he finds is both tangible and philosophical.   What is the value of an MFA in [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:17-07:00 July 7th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Way We Value Art: An Education in Poetry