Residencies | Master of Fine Arts in Writing
Every semester in the MFA program begins with a 10-day residency at the Oregon Coast (winter) or at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon (summer).
Residencies feature readings, workshops, panels, and lectures by award-winning authors of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Residencies are scheduled twice a year in January and June. Because of ongoing concerns due to COVID-19, please note that we will be offering a virtual residency from January 7-17, 2021, with all of the rich content and events students have come to know and love.
If you are interested in attending the Residency Writers Conference only, see this page.
What Students Are Saying
"This residency was not about meeting my expectations; it was about setting goals and then, when I least expected it, blowing them apart. For me this was an amazing process and I am grateful."
"I felt honored to be among such talent. I felt even more honored to have been selected as a student in the program after witnessing the talent of our students during the reading on Wednesday night."
"The workshops made me reconsider my own craft and my eagerness to offer my opinions of another writer's work…I allowed myself to dig into the content and matter more thoroughly and discovered more possibilities for diversity in my own work."
"Being here has brought back the thirst for literary writing, a thirst for writing that is carefully crafted in content and structure."
"This residency was both intellectually and spiritually gratifying, and also mentally and physically exhausting. But the exhaustion is almost like a war badge, a sign that I have completed and started an honorable path: a path of creation, discovery, and community."
by Chris Abani