MFA ProgramSee writers who attended this program
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
Critic-in-Residence: Heather Scott Partington
Screenwriter-in-Residence: Jackie McKinley
The program offers literary journal fellowships, awards, and Deferred Payment Plan (DPP) options. The program also offers annual Founders Awards and fellowships for incoming students, and the annual Barbara Seranella Award for an incoming student.
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.
Kent Black, Francesca Lia Block, Mark Takano, Jim Jennewein, Tiffany Hawk, Jay Paul Deratany, Lee Cataluna, George Morgan, Daniel Rosen, Rick Marlatt, Natashia Deon, John Rosenberg, Ross Helford, Mickey Birnbaum, Glen Helfand, William Hillyard, JD Horn, Gallagher Lawson, Sara Marchant, Jeff Meyers, Cate Dicharry, Guy Nicolucci, Daphne Nikolopoulos, Tom Provost, William Ratner, Dorothy Rice, 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, Lisa Quigley, Ashley Mag Gabbert, Carol Park, Pam Munter, Brian Asman, Susan Ruskin, Andee Reilly, Clarinda Ross.