Program director Tod Goldberg's new novel, The House of Secrets, co-authored with Brad Meltzer, had a big opening week, debuting on the top of bestseller lists across the country: #2 in the Washington Post #4 in the Chicago Tribune #4 in Publishers Weekly #5 in Bookscan #6 in the New York Times (in all three lists: hardcover fiction, ebooks, and combined!) #8 [...]
Leave it to Stephen Graham Jones to see a genre -- werewolf fiction -- and completely reinvent it, as he did this summer with his novel Mongrels. His werewolves aren’t the howling lunatics of the movies — “Mongrels” presents an innovative, comprehensive new guide to werewolves, one that nods at tradition (silver is still killer) but becomes something wholly original [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
The newly relaunched Coachella Review is out now! Featuring new work from Joe Meno, Megan Stielstra, Rachel DeWoskin and more! Read it all here.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]