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The M.F.A. program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts offers study in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting, and playwriting.

Our program consists of workshops in chosen genres, culminating in a final project (the master's thesis) that showcases the writer's cultivated talents, in the form of a poetry collection, novel, memoir, screenplay, or full-length play.

The M.F.A. requires students to major in one genre, but encourages them to explore the other genres as well, allowing for creative movement within disciplines. Structure and focus in screenwriting and playwriting can also be applied to fiction and nonfiction, and lyricism and metaphor in poetry can also enhance description and dialogue in the other genres, for example.

Students may also engage in supplemental course work in varied areas of directing and acting, in film history and literature, or literary criticism and translation through courses selected from departments such as Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, English, Hispanic Studies, and Media and Cultural Studies. Students can gain practical aspects of filmmaking from courses in Studio Art and Theatre.

If you are interested in our program, feel free to complete the Preliminary Information Form.  The form will be delivered to the M.F.A. Coordinator and will provide us with information about your background and interests. It will also offer you an early opportunity to ask questions.  

We encourage you to file an official application through the Graduate Division website http://graduate.ucr.edu/grad_admissions.html.

If you need further information beyond what is available on our website, please contact the M.F.A. Coordinator, Bryan Bradford, at bryanb@ucr.edu or at (951) 827-5568.