Saturday, March 15, 2008

UCLA Course About MFA Programs

Hi Everyone. I can't vouch for this particular class either way, but I can tell you that they do terrific work at the UCLA Extention program. Check it out. -- Tom

Hi Tom,

I’m a regular reader of your blog and enjoyed your handbook. I’m not sure if you entertain requests like this, but this spring the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program is offering an online course about MFA preparation. Is there any chance that this could be mentioned on the blog?

Preparing for MFA Programs: An Advanced Workshop (Online)
X 464.1 English 3 units $595
With over a hundred MFA programs to choose from nationwide, it's often difficult to know which program might be right for you, how to be prepared for the arduous application process, and whether a full-residency or low-residency option is your best choice. This course addresses the process from the ground up. Guests from top MFA programs discuss their programs, and current and former students from both full-residency and low-residency programs talk honestly about what to expect in terms of workload. Equally important is the focus on your creative work, which is honed in bi-weekly workshops and via one-on-one rewrites with the instructor, with the goal of ensuring an application packet that is appropriate for your targeted university. Prerequisite: X 403A Introduction to Fiction Writing and X 461 Writing the Short Story: Intermediate Workshop. Writing sample required. Enrollment limited to 12 students. $105 nonrefundable.

Reg# T7989B
April 9-June 11
Tod Goldberg, author of the novels Living Dead Girl, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Fake Liar Cheat, a finalist for the Nevada Arts Council Prize; and the forthcoming The Fix. Mr. Goldberg's book, Simplify, won the 2005 OV Books Short Story Collection Prize and was a 2006 finalist for the SCBA Award in fiction. He is the recipient of the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing, 2005.

Looking forward to your thoughts.

Thanks and all best,

Corey Campbell
Program Representative
Creative Writing (Online) and Events
UCLA Extension Writers' Program
10995 Le Conte Ave., Room 440
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 825-0107 /


Jessica Burkhart said...

Hm, I hadn't heard of this course before. Interesting!

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