Pacific Lutheran University, Rainier Writing Workshop

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Tacoma, WA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline: 
November 30, 2016
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Rick Barot
Core Faculty Includes: 

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

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers fellowships and 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.


Kelli Russell Agodon, Kathleen Flenniken, April Ayers Lawson