University of California, Riverside

Palm Desert Center

Academic Programs

Graduate Programs

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

MFAThe MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts is a unique seven quarter low residency program that provides writers with a path toward publication and production in all genres of writing including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Students explore multiple genres, allowing for a cross-disciplinary approach that is ideal for writers seeking the artistic latitude to move fluidly within the field. A unique feature of the program is that each student meets with a literary agent in their last quarter to examine their work. Visit MFA for more information.

Continuing Education

Explore. Advance. Connect.

Whether you're looking to train for a new career; advance in your current field; exploreUNEX
the wonders of our changing world; or connect with people who share your interests,
UCR Extension offers you more than 90 certificate programs and enrichment
courses online and in classroom settings to meet your educational, career and enrichment needs. Visit UCR Extension,  search for classes, or find out more about the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute.

UCR Extension Courses at the Palm Desert Center

    • Beginning Excel
      Develop and manage spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel for presentation in charts, forms, and graphs. Any questions, call (951) 827-1723.
    • Social Media Marketing Strategies
      Understand the dynamics of social media applications and learn more about how they apply to product marketing. In this hands-on course, students will use of social media platforms to improve marketing, brand reputation, communications, and research. November 7 & 14. For more information, please call (951) 827-1723.
    • Weekend Writing Seminars
      Kickstart your writing with one of four intensive workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and travel writing. Taught by the faculty and alumni of the MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts, the Weekend Writing Seminars feature immersive courses in the craft of writing. Our fall courses will be held November 7th & 8th on the campus of UCR Palm Desert. Fee includes a two-day course, editorial feedback, and a continental breakfast each day. Call (760) 834-0926 for more information.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

UCR Palm Desert Center
75080 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Tel: (760) 834-0800
Fax: (760) 834-0796

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