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The Creative Writing major puts students at the center of the creative writing process with plenty of room to explore and expand writing skills and interests. Students learn the forms and techniques of the arts of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. They also learn, through the study of literature, how to read as writers do, how writers use language to manipulate meaning, and how to use language in original and compelling ways.

The department, in conjunction with the Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production,offers a Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Art. Please visit the MFA program website or contact MFAadvising@ucr.edu for more information.

BA Program

The B.A. in Creative Writing offers a series of reading and workshop courses in the genres of fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, poetry and screenwriting. Poets, fiction writers and playwrights teach courses from a writer's point of view. The writing courses are taught as workshops so that the subject matter is different each time the course is offered and professors can offer individual attention to each student. The Department is open and friendly, but the program is rigorous and demands a great deal of work from each student.

MFA Program

The M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts is a two-year program which requires students to specialize in a primary genre while offering the flexiibilty to take courses in different genres selected from fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, playwrighting, and screenwriting. The cross-disciplinary approach of this program is ideal for writers seeking the artistic latitude to move fluidly within the various arenas of creative writing. Course work includes workshops, critical studies, and theory. Fellowships, teaching assistantships, and fee support are available. Please visit the MFA program website or contact MFAadvising@ucr.edu for more information.

Mosaic Literary Journal

The Mosaic literary journal is a student publication of the Creative Writing Department at UC-Riverside. It has been publishing important works of art, fiction, and poetry from the campus and the Riverside area for several decades.

Santa Ana Review Literary Journal

The Santa Ana Review literary journal published by graduate students, seeks critical prose that explores areas of literary hybridity and addresses nuanced aspects of writings that challenge the boundaries of genre.