Low Residency Program

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The center of your learning experience is a sequence of seminars, workshops and cross-genre workshops. You will engage in weekly online-instruction with professors throughout the academic year and attend a total of five 10-day residencies while staying just minutes from Palm Springs at the  Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA.

About the Two-Year Program

The program is one of just 50 low residency creative writing programs in the country and the only one of its kind in the UC system. It is divided into seven quarters of online study and five 10-day residencies over a period of two years.

Students are required each year to:

  • Take 8 units per quarter which are scheduled into prescribed courses for a total of 56 units of study.
  • Cross-genre and literature coursework are included in the structure of classes in the basic core curriculum.
  • Attend two 10-day residencies which provide the forum for interactive instruction between faculty and students; and a final thesis residency where students deliver their graduate lecture, meet with agents & editors and receive final remarks on their work.

The normative time to degree: seven quarters.