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.

Students take classes on the craft of all different genres, from fiction to poetry to creative nonfiction, all of which serve to bulk up students’ writing portfolio and provide ample material to submit to literary journals.

In the heart of Portland's rich literary culture, students have opportunities to hear acclaimed writers in the Portland Arts and Lectures Series, visit the fabled Powell's bookstore for readings and explorations and interact with faculty and students from Pacific's MFA in writing graduate program.


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.

For the second time in six weeks, Harley Taff '19 had a piece of poetry accepted for publication in the Remington Review.

MFA Winter 2019 Series

Featuring lively and accomplished writers of contemporary literature.