Pacific Lutheran University, Rainier Writing Workshop

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
Tacoma, WA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
November 30, 2024
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Rick Barot
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Kelli Russell Agodon, Rick Barot, Geffrey Davis, Oliver de la Paz, Jennifer Foerster, torrin a. greathouse, Jenny Johnson, Brian Teare

Fiction: April Ayers Lawson, Scott Nadelson, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Marjorie Sandor, Renee Simms

Nonfiction: Barrie Jean Borich, Wendy Call, Brenda Miller, Aram Mrjoian, Justin St. Germain

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers fellowships and scholarships.

Other Features: 

Students attend one ten-day residency each year in July at the Pacific Lutheran University campus in Tacoma, Washington.

The program offers residencies at various programs and conferences, including 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.

The priority application deadline is November 30; the final application deadline is February 15.


Darien Hsu Gee, Carrie Mesrobian, Jen Soriano, Molly Spencer, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Matt Young