Pacific Lutheran University, Rainier Writing Workshop

MFA Program

See writers who attended this program
Program Established: 
Tacoma, WA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
November 30, 2022
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Rick Barot
Core Faculty Includes: 

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

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

Nonfiction: Barrie Jean Borich, Wendy Call, Rebecca McClanahan, Brenda Miller, Justin St. Germain

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers fellowships and scholarships.

Other Features: 

Students attend one ten-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.

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


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