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These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things

We asked some of our students, faculty and alumni to tell us what moved them the most this year in the world of books and films. Looking for a noticeable theme? You should probably read Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter and it wouldn't hurt if you picked up Tiffany Hawk's Love Me Anyway. And, then, all of these books, movies, and TV shows, too: [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:20-07:00 January 2nd, 2014|Categories: Alumni News, Ephemera, Faculty News, Program News, Student News|Comments Off on These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things

Welcome Fall 2013 Cohort: Student Bios

Colby Buzzell Colby Buzzell served as an Army infantryman in Iraq from 2003 to 2004. Assigned to a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Buzzell blogged from the front lines of Iraq as a replacement for his habitual journaling back in the states. He is a graduate of West Virginia University with a B.A. in History.     Lincoln Castellanos Lincoln is a [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:20-07:00 September 19th, 2013|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Welcome Fall 2013 Cohort: Student Bios

The Hottest Faculty: Mary Otis On How She Teaches

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:20-07:00 July 23rd, 2013|Categories: Faculty News, Program News, Residency, Student News|Comments Off on The Hottest Faculty: Mary Otis On How She Teaches

Student News: Jenn-Anne Gledhill’s New Column

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: [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:20-07:00 July 21st, 2013|Categories: Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Jenn-Anne Gledhill’s New Column

This Is What We Talk About When We Talk About Applying: 10 Helpful Hints & Tips

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:20-07:00 July 21st, 2013|Categories: Ephemera, Faculty News, Program News, Residency, Student News|Comments Off on This Is What We Talk About When We Talk About Applying: 10 Helpful Hints & Tips

The Hottest Students: Ross Helford On Why He Chose UCR

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:21-07:00 July 19th, 2013|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on The Hottest Students: Ross Helford On Why He Chose UCR

The Hottest Alumni: Rick Marlatt On Why He Chose UCR Palm Desert’s Low Residency MFA

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:21-07:00 July 17th, 2013|Categories: Alumni News, Program News, Student News|Comments Off on The Hottest Alumni: Rick Marlatt On Why He Chose UCR Palm Desert’s Low Residency MFA

Students News: George Morgan’s ROCKET GIRL Selected Best Of July By Amazon

George Morgan's (Screenwriting, 2014) first book, Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist, has been selected by Amazon has one of the Best Books of July. This follows rave reviews in a number of publications, including, most recently, Scientific America and Library Journal, which raved: Morgan (playwright in residence, Cal Tech) is the son of rocket scientist Mary Sherman [...]

By | 2017-05-18T16:48:21-07:00 July 3rd, 2013|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Students News: George Morgan’s ROCKET GIRL Selected Best Of July By Amazon

Student News: Chad Parsons Gathers A Handful of Awards

Congratulations to Chad Parsons (2014, Screenwriting) whose screenplay "Ohio Finch" has collected a slew of awards recently, including: *First Prize, Drama, from Story Pros. *A finalist for the Beverly Hills International Film Festival Screenwriting Prize. *Second Prize in the Indie Gathering International Film Festival competition. *Finalist for the Hoboken International Film Festival.    

By | 2014-04-02T20:30:55-07:00 June 26th, 2013|Categories: Program News, Student News|Comments Off on Student News: Chad Parsons Gathers A Handful of Awards