Master of Fine Arts in Writing | MFA

An exceptional low-residency writing program in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing program celebrates writing as an art that has the potential to make a difference in the world.

In a rigorous course of study and with an emphasis on the creative process, award-winning writers work closely with students to support and inspire emerging craft and voice. Students create a quality portfolio of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, reflecting their unique styles and forms of expression.

Each semester in the program begins with a 10-day residency where the students and faculty gather for workshops, craft talks, classes, panels, and readings. The residencies initiate a literary conversation that extends throughout the correspondence semester when the student and faculty advisor exchange packets about the student’s writing and reading, and anything else that attends them. At the same time, the MFA faculty advisor is hard at work on his or her own writing, and every exchange with a student is touched by mutual goals.

Our program offers a high level of craft and conversation along with the good humor and community of individuals who share a passion for art. We believe in inspiration but also in revision. We believe there is no one way to write and no right way to write. Above all, we believe in quality and originality in any guise.

Pacific’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing program presents learning in its truest sense, meaning, simply, that we are all in this together. 

Meet The Faculty

Ghanaian-born, Jamaican poet Kwame Dawes is the award-winning author of 22 books of poetry (most recently, City of Bones, 2017) and numerous books of fiction, nonfiction, criticism and drama. He is the Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, and a Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. For more on Kwame Dawes and the other MFA faculty, see the Faculty Biographies

MFA Welcomes Garth Greenwell To Our Faculty In June 2017

Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, it was named a best book of 2016 by Publishers Weekly, GQ, The Guardian, Slate, and The Washington Post, among many others, and is being translated into ten languages. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, VICE, and elsewhere, and he has contributed nonfiction to The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, The New York Times, and The Atlantic

Now Accepting Applications for the Fall Semester 

The fall semester begins with a residency on campus in Forest Grove, Oregon, from June 15-25, 2017. For more information about the MFA program or the application process, please contact the MFA staff at mfa@pacificu.edu or 503-352-1531.

 

 

 

 

Students in Pacific's Master of Fine Arts in Writing program earn a graduate degree in fiction, nonfiction or poetry over the course of two years during which they complete a minimum of five residencies and four semesters of guided study.

Each semester in the program begins with a 10-day residency, where the students and faculty gather for workshops, craft talks, classes, panels and readings. The residencies initiate a literary conversation that extends throughout the guided study, when the student and faculty adviser exchange packets about the student's writing and reading. At the same time, the MFA faculty adviser is hard at work on his or her own writing, and every exchange with a student is touched by mutual goals.

Throughout the program students demonstrate mastery in creative writing, applied criticism, contemporary letters and literary tradition. By the time they earn their degrees, students will have read approximately 80 works of literature, prepared a polished critical essay and creative manuscript, and given a public reading of their work.

Program Overview

Degree Requirements

Semester Description