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 2, 2024
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Bryan Bradford
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Allison Hedge Coke, Katie Ford, Allison Benis White, Juan Felipe Herrera

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, Tom Lutz

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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The program also offers degrees in playwriting and screenwriting, and hosts the annual Writer’s Week.

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


Neil Aitken, Carissa Atallah, Bonnie Bolling, Sara Borjas, David Campos, Ching-In Chen, Jessica Chiarella, Jo-Scott Coe, Kevin Cramer, Rachelle Cruz, Nicelle Davis, Kate Durbin, Flor Edwards, Adam Gallari, Kimberly Guerrero, Minda Honey, Vanessa Hua, Paul Jacques, Regina Louise, Victoria Patterson, Angela Peñaredondo, Rob Rinow, Jasmine Elizabeth Smith, Alexis Vergalla, Vickie Vertiz