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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Alum Tiffany Hawk (Fiction, 2010) in Writer's Digest on her path to publication: After getting some distance, I realized that the book was far from ready. I was serious about becoming a writer, though, so I went back to grad school for an MFA where I learned just how weak that draft really was. After saving maybe three pages of [...]
Congratulations to Jim Jennwein (Fiction 2013), who was just named Chair of the Screenwriting Department at the New York Film Academy!
An excellent new essay from Cate Dicharry (Fiction 2012) in the latest issue of RoleReboot: I am thoroughbred for Motherlove. My father and mother are each one of eight children, in the case of my maternal grandmother, eight children amid 12 pregnancies. In the case of her sister, my maternal great aunt, one biological child followed by seven miscarriages, several [...]
Congratulations to Natalia Cortes-Chaffin (Fiction 2012), winner of a 2014 Nevada Arts Council Fellowship, the premier award given to writers living in Nevada. And here's a bit from Natalia's excellent story "Losing One's Head": Her mother says “niña” like she’s singing an opera. Notes burst through the Garcia family’s two-bedroom bungalow to serenade all of Havana. Camilia glances at the clock. It’s a [...]
Rick Marlatt, who's first collection of poetry How We Fall Apart won the 2010 Seven Circle Press contest, has just published his second book of poetry, Desired Altitudes. Oddly, he had to beat out an excellent poet named Rick Marlatt for the prize: "Our blinded judges narrowed to five entries in the semifinals stage before naming Carla Thompson and Rick [...]
February was a good month to be an alum of UCR Palm Desert, at least if you happen to like books, reading, wild success, all of that sort of thing. Amy Yergen's debut collection At Times I Almost Dream was released on February 10th followed later this [...]
We asked some of our students, faculty and alumni to pick their favorite books and movies from 2012...even if they didn't come out in 2012...and there seemed to be a resounding groundswell of love for Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson, Birds of a Lesser [...]