University of California, Riverside (Palm Desert)

MFA Program

Program Established: 
2008
Location: 
Palm Desert, CA
Genre: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Residency: 
Low
Duration: 
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
35 per year
Application Deadline: 
August 1, 2017
Application Fee: 
$80
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Tod Goldberg
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Jill Alexander Essbaum, Anthony McCann
Fiction: Elizabeth Crane, Gina Frangello, Tod Goldberg, Stephen Graham Jones, Mary Otis, Rob Roberge, Mark Haskell Smith, Mary Yukari Waters
Nonfiction: Emily Rapp, Deanne Stillman, David L. Ulin
Screenwriting: Joshua Malkin, William Rabkin, John Schimmel
Playwriting: Mickey Birnbaum 

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers literary journal fellowships, awards, and Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) options.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

The program also offers concentrations in screenwriting and playwriting.

Students attend two 10-day residencies each year, in June and December, at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, California.

The program offers opportunities to meet with agents, editors, and publishers, and the opportunity to study in more than one genre.

The application deadline is February 1 for the June residency and August 1 for the December residency.

Graduates: 

Congressman Mark Takano, Jim Jennewein, Tiffany Hawk, Jay Paul Deratany, Lee Cataluna, George Morgan, Daniel Rosen, Rick Marlatt, Natalia Cortes-Chaffin, Natashia Deon, John Rosenberg, Ross Helford, Mickey Birnbaum, William Hillyard. Gallagher Lawson, Cate Dicharry, Guy Nicolucci, Stephen Jay Schwartz, Colby Buzzell, JoAnn Chaney, Maggie Downs, Heather Scott Partington, Jalysa Conway, Lia Langworthy, Senta Scarborough, Luke Yankee, Jon Levenson, Katherine MacDonald, Kevin Jones, John Mattson, Jacqueline Luckett, Jacqueline McKinley, Precious Rasheeda Muhammad, Liska Jacobs, Ty Johnson, Suzy Fincham-Gray, Ruth Nolan