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 screenwriting. Unique to Pacific's program is the opportunity to serve on a professional literary magazine, Silk Road Review, as well as work with acclaimed writers as part of Pacific's Visiting Writers Series. To develop your 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. Develop a rich and interdisciplinary portfolio of original work, learn how to get published, and find your writing community here.

Visit the university catalog to see the requirements for the creative writing major and minor.

Contact Us

Department of English | Pacific University
Bates House & Abigail Scott Duniway House
2043 College Way 
Forest Grove, Oregon 97116

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Student accepts award at 2018 NUCH.

Eight English Literature and and Creative Writing majors have been selected to present original research at the 2019 Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities. 

Kwame Dawes New Book

Kwame Dawes is not a native Nebraskan. Born in Ghana, he later moved to Jamaica, where he spent most of his childhood and early adulthood. In 1992 he relocated to the United States and eventually found himself an American living in Lincoln, Nebraska. In Nebraska, a beautiful and evocative collection of poems, Dawes explores a theme constant in his work—the intersection of memory, home, and artistic invention. The poems, set against the backdrop of Nebraska’s discrete cycle of seasons, are meditative even as they search for a sense of place in a new landscape. While he shovels snow or walks in the bitter cold to his car, he is engulfed with memories of Kingston, yet when he travels, he finds himself longing for the open space of the plains and the first snowfall. With a strong sense of place and haunting memories, Dawes grapples with life in Nebraska as a transplant.

MFA Booth at the PDX Book Festival

Please join the Pacific MFA in Writing program at the Portland Book Festival on Saturday, November 9, 2019. Located at the Portland Art Museum and neighboring venues, the Portland Book Festival is the largest celebration of books and storytelling in the Pacific Northwest.