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.


Dorianne Laux

Only as the Day Is Long (W.W. Norton, 2019) represents a brilliant, daring body of work from one of our boldest and most accomplished contemporary poets, MFA in Writing faculty member Dorianne Laux.

Pacific's MFA in Writing faculty, comprised of some of America's finest contemporary writers, will read from their works.

New Map of the World Photo

The Department of English is pleased to announce our 2018 program awards recognizing outstanding seniors as well as recipients of the Esther Evans and Irving Storey memorial scholarships.