Pacific MFA poetry student N.L. Shompole awarded the Mapmakers Teaching Assistantship
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.
Mapmakers Alumni Institute: Beyond Ekphrastic. Register now for this summer session. This virtual event is free and open to the public
Keya Mitra won the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction for her story "Immigrant Delay Disease," for the Bellingham Review's 2021 Literary Contest.