What the program wants most for its students is that each will sooner or later write something that lasts.
To facilitate such writing, the faculty keeps the program small in order to ensure the high quality of the students, as well as to permit teaching on a one-to-one basis and to allow students to consult frequently with the faculty and staff for assistance with their work.
During the final thesis residency, all students have their thesis manuscripts read by agents, producers and publishers.
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Students work one-on-one with their professors during the course of seven quarters of online study and five concentrated 10-day residencies at the beautiful Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, just minutes from Palm Springs, CA.
We recommend that you visit our residency page to see our most recent guest faculty line-up, as well as to get a flavor for what you can expect from a typical residency week — it’s a jam packed time, but also, we think, the best time of the year!The aim of the MFA Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine is the training of accomplished writers who intend to make writing their life.What the program expects of its students is passionate precision, character, and stamina.Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.The application deadline for fellowship consideration is January 5.We’re also home to , an online literary magazine boasting excellent fiction, nonfiction, poetry and writing on the arts.The Coachella Review is student edited and features an intensive magazine publishing compendium for interested students.We offer majors in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, poetry and screenwriting, as well as all forms within those genres — including (though not limited to) literary & commercial genre fiction; memoir & narrative nonfiction; one, two, and three act plays, as well as experimental structures; contemporary & experimental poetry; blockbuster & independent film, dramatic & comedic television.Each of our students also has the opportunity to work in a secondary genre of their choice for their first six quarters, either effectively as a minor where they focus on a single secondary genre, or by dipping their toes into a different form each term.Our student body is wide and diverse and includes writers in the middle of their careers – many of our students are already widely published and produced — alongside those just getting their foot in the door.Many of our students have found their first blush with publishing and film success while still in the program, due in large part to our dedication to bringing top professionals in all fields to read their work during residency.