MFA in Writing Readings in Seaside

Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM
Best Western Ocean Front Resort - Seaside (414 N. Prom)

The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will once again host readings by some of Americas finest writers during its 10-day residency in Seaside.

The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program will once again host readings by some of America’s finest writers during its 10-day residency in Seaside. 

Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place from Friday, Jan. 10, through Friday, Jan. 17, at the Best Western Ocean View Resort, located at 414 N. Prom in Seaside. 

This event is a rare opportunity to hear some of the best writers of contemporary American literature read on successive evenings. Featured authors include poet Marvin Bell, recipient of an American Academy of Arts & Letters Award in Literature; and fiction writer Bonnie Jo Campbell, a National Book Award finalist. 


Friday, Jan. 10 - Pete Fromm, Dorianne Laux & Ben Percy 

Saturday, Jan. 11 - Jack Driscoll, David St. John & Kellie Wells 

Sunday, Jan. 12 - Valerie Laken, Mike Magnuson & Joseph Millar 

Monday, Jan. 13 - Frank Gaspar, Scott Korb & John McNally 

Tuesday, Jan. 14 (1:30 p.m.) - Anna Journey & David Long

Tuesday, Jan. 14 - Marvin Bell, Katherine Dunn & Debra Gwartney 

Wednesday, Jan. 15 - Steve Amick, Judy Blunt & Laura Hendrie 

Thursday, Jan. 16 - Sandra Alcosser, Pam Houston & Bonnie Jo Campbell  

Friday, Jan. 17 - Ellen Bass, Claire Davis & Kwame Dawes  

The authors in the reading series also teach at the residency where MFA students participate in workshops, lectures, classes and other events in preparation for the correspondence semester that follows. Students leave the residency paired with a professional writer who responds to their reading and writing throughout the semester, encouraging and inspiring emerging craft and voice. 

For more information about the writers or the MFA in Writing program, please contact director Shelley Washburn at (503) 352-1532 or visit


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