Pacific Lutheran University, Rainier Writing Workshop

Pacific Lutheran University, Rainier Writing Workshop

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Tacoma, WA
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline: 
November 30, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Rick Barot
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Rick Barot, Linda Bierds, David Biespiel, Fleda Brown, Kevin Clark, Oliver de la Paz, Greg Glazner, Kevin Goodan, Lola Haskins, and Peggy Shumaker. Fiction writers: Suzanne Berne, David Cates, Adrianne Harun, Jim Heynen, David Huddle, Kent Meyers, Scott Nadelson, Ann Pancake, and Marjorie Sandor. Nonfiction writers: Barrie Jean Borich, Stephen Corey, Gary Ferguson, Dinah Lenney, Rebecca McClanahan, Brenda Miller, Lia Purpura, and Sherry Simpson.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Fellowships, Scholarships

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

Students attend one 10-day residency each year in August at the Pacific Lutheran University campus in Tacoma, Washington. The program offers residencies at various programs and conferences, including the Vermont Studio Center and the Anderson Center, as part of the "Outside Experience" requirement for second-year students, which requires students to travel, hold workshops in their community, attend conferences, or participate in writing residencies.

For priority consideration, submit application materials by November 30; the deadline for general admissions is February 15, 2016.


Kelli Russell Agodon, Kathleen Flenniken, April Ayers Lawson