I recently spoke with someone who didn't get accepted to the MFA program she applied to, and she isn't sure how to move forward with her literary life. Instead of re-apply for the following year, with possibly the same results, I suggested the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing through UC Berkeley Extension. Sure, one can always take individual classes through a university or online course, but this program offers a more structured way to advance academically and professionally.
The course of study only requires a Bachelor's degree (no application/essay) and costs $3,675 (as opposed to $36,000). You can take classes in person or online, and coursework can be completed over five years. Requirements: 7 courses for a minimum of 14 semester units, which includes 2 required courses and 5 restricted electives selected from literature (2 courses) and writing workshops (3 courses).
From the website:
"For aspiring writers serious about their craft, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing is ideal. Formalize your training and prepare for graduate study in writing with this professional certificate that's the only one of its kind in the Bay Area. Build your writing portfolio, and gain a credential that shows your commitment. Join a community of writers who share your dedication and help you develop as a writer. Discover what it takes to be published. Be inspired as you read exemplary works of literature. And learn from respected instructors who can help you stand out from the competition for a coveted place in an M.F.A. program in writing."