University of California, Riverside

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Riverside, CA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
January 5, 2025
Application Fee: 
$135 (fee waiver available for financial hardship)
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Marcelina Ryneal
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Allison Hedge Coke, Katie Ford, Allison Benis White

Fiction: Charmaine Craig, Josh Emmons, Steve Erickson, Alex Espinoza, Michael Jayme, John Jennings, Laila Lalami, Goldberry Long, Susan Straight, Andrew Winer

Nonfiction: Reza Aslan, Emily Rapp Black

Playwriting/Screenwriting: Charles Evered, Kimberly Guerrero, Rickerby Hinds, Erith Jaffe-Berg, Stu Krieger, Robin Russin, Annika Speer

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers full funding for all students in their first year through fellowships. In their second year, most students receive funding through teaching assistantships.

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Other Features: 

The program also offers degrees in playwriting and screenwriting, and hosts the annual Writer’s Week, known as the longest-running free writing festival in Southern California. 

The application deadline for fellowship consideration is January 5. Applications received after January 5 are accepted on a rolling basis until the following September.


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