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: [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Congratulations to Carol Damgen (Screenwriting, 2014) who was nominated for a stunning 7 awards and took home 3 from the Inland Theatre League, including awards for writing and directing The Twists and Turns of Edgar Allen Poe.
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 [...]
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.