UCI’s Not-So-Secret Writer’s Club

For a university that is renowned more for its sciences than its arts, in a city that is more apple-pie than avant-garde, the caliber of UC Irvine’s creative writing program is, for many people, a surprise.
Consider just a few of the many notables who have passed through UCI’s upstart Master of Fine Arts in English program:
Alice Sebold, author of New York Times best seller ‘The Lovely Bones.’
Glen David Gold, author of ‘Carter Beats the Devil.’
Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of ‘Neon Vernacular.’
Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of ‘Independence Day.’
Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.’
All are respected best sellers and all are the products of a creative writing program that Newsweek has famously dubbed as ‘the hottest writing program in the country,’ a program that consistently falls within the top-10 of U.S. News & World Reports’ annual college rankings.
And all of them are from UCI.
Don’t let its moniker of ‘research university’ fool you; UCI is a hotbed of literary innovation, with an MFA program in creative writing that’s as competitive as any medical school.
According to Sara Robinson, a third-year student of the MFA’s fiction program, statistically speaking, ‘it’s more difficult to get into the MFA program at UC Irvine than it is to get into Harvard Law School