Master of Fine Arts in Writing | MFA

An exceptional low-residency writing program in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing program celebrates writing as an art that has the potential to make a difference in the world.

In a rigorous course of study and with an emphasis on the creative process, award-winning writers work closely with students to support and inspire emerging craft and voice. Students create a quality portfolio of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, reflecting their unique styles and forms of expression.

Each semester in the program begins with a 10-day residency where the students and faculty gather for workshops, craft talks, classes, panels, and readings. The residencies initiate a literary conversation that extends throughout the correspondence semester when the student and faculty advisor exchange packets about the student’s writing and reading, and anything else that attends them. At the same time, the MFA faculty advisor is hard at work on his or her own writing, and every exchange with a student is touched by mutual goals.

Our program offers a high level of craft and conversation along with the good humor and community of individuals who share a passion for art. We believe in inspiration but also in revision. We believe there is no one way to write and no right way to write. Above all, we believe in quality and originality in any guise.

Pacific’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program presents learning in its truest sense, meaning, simply, that we are all in this together. 

 

More Information

We are now accepting applications for the spring semester that begins with a residency in Seaside, Oregon, from January 8-18, 2015. Contact assistant director, Sara Violante, at violante@pacificu.edu or 503-352-1533.

Students in Pacific's Master of Fine Arts in Writing program earn a graduate degree in fiction, nonfiction or poetry over the course of two years during which they complete a minimum of five residencies and four semesters of guided study.

Each semester in the program begins with a 10-day residency, where the students and faculty gather for workshops, craft talks, classes, panels and readings. The residencies initiate a literary conversation that extends throughout the guided study, when the student and faculty adviser exchange packets about the student's writing and reading. At the same time, the MFA faculty adviser is hard at work on his or her own writing, and every exchange with a student is touched by mutual goals.

Throughout the program students demonstrate mastery in creative writing, applied criticism, contemporary letters and literary tradition. By the time they earn their degrees, students will have read approximately 80 works of literature, prepared a polished critical essay and creative manuscript, and given a public reading of their work.

Program Overview

Degree Requirements

Semester Description