MFA ProgramSee writers who attended this program
Poetry: Victoria Chang
Prose: Lisa Locascio
The program offers scholarships, grants, federal financial aid, and federal work-study positions.
Students attend two 10-day residencies each year, in June and December, in Los Angeles. The program offers a social justice focus and requires all students to conduct a community-focused field study.
Genres include poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, writing for young people, cross-genre, screenwriting, and playwriting (on the Santa Barbara campus). Students also have the opportunity to take online electives in poetry craft and prose craft, among other offerings.
Faculty may include: Gayle Brandeis, Alistair McCartney, Jaswinder Bolina, Angela Morales, Naima Coster, Natashia Déon, Carol Potter, Ana Maria Spagna, Sarah Manguso, Chris Feliciano Arnold, Dan Bellm, Francesca Lia Block, Tananarive Due, Brad Kessler, Vandana Khanna, Genevieve Hudson, Sarah Van Arsdale, Sharman Apt Russell, Reyna Grande, Aminah Mae Safi, Ari Banias, Marco Wilkinson, Rachel Zucker, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, and more.
The program begins reviewing applications on a rolling basis in January for the Summer/Fall semester and July for the Winter/Spring Semester. Applications are accepted and reviewed until all spots are filled.
Ashaki Jackson, Wendy C. Ortiz, Khadijah Queen, Daniel José Older, Jessica Abughattas, F. Douglas Brown, Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, Christina Lynch, Andromeda Romano-Lax, José Hernández Diaz, Naomi Benaron, Aimee Liu Kellor, Elizabeth Earley, Shonda Buchanan, Christina Lynch, Kate Maruyama, Toni Ann Johnson, Joe Jiménez, Jillian Lauren, Antonia Crane, Patrick O'Neil, Joe Jiménez, Susan Southard, Gayle Brandeis, Alistair McCartney, John Guthrie, Susan Southard, Mifanwy Kaiser, Andrea Quaid, Joan Dempsey, Cassandra Lane, Roberto Lovato, and others.