Creative Writing

Major, Minor

Find your passion in literary art: immerse yourself in it, understand it, create it.

Creative writing students practice an extensive study of literature along with the craft of writing. Pacific University’s workshop courses are small, intensive and geared toward the practice of craft. With the guidance and support of our writing professors, students write extensively in a variety of genres, provide critiques of each others’ work, and perfect the art of revision.

Take courses to hone your craft in a range of genres—from fiction and poetry to creative nonfiction and screewriting. Unique to Pacific's program is the opportunity to serve on a proefssional literary magazine, Silk Road Review, as well as work with acclaimed writers as part of Pacific's Visiting Writers Series. To develop their own craft,  pursue internships with Pacific's MFA in writing graduate program and attend the prestigious Boldface Writers Conference with our faculty.

In the heart of Portland's rich literary culture, come and engage Literary Arts programming like Verselandia!, visit the fabled Powell's bookstore for readings, and connect with award-winning writers at the Portland Book Festival and Oregon Book Awards. You can develop a rich and interdiscplinary portfolio of original work, learn how to get published, and find your writing community here.

Headlines

The editors-in-chief of IJURCA: The International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities are pleased to announce the publication of two web issues, featuring original scholarship developed by undergraduates from across the globe.

Debra Gwartney New Memoir

Part history, part memoir, I Am a Stranger Here Myself taps the deepest dimensions of human yearning: the need to belong, the snarl of family history, and womanhood in the patriarchal American West.

A poem written by Jamaica Baldwin MFA '17, "Teaching the Beasts to Devour My Mother," was named winner of the San Miguel Writers Conference prize for poetry.