Eastern Oregon University

MFA Program

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Program Established: 
La Grande, OR
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2024
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Nick Neely
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: David Axelrod, Christopher Howell, Christopher Kondrich
Fiction: Claire Boyles, Megan Kruse, Molly Reid, Eliot Treichel, Joe Wilkins
Nonfiction: Melissa Matthewson, Kathryn Miles, Nick Neely, Jodi Varon
Environmental Writing: David Axelrod, Claire Boyles, Christopher Kondrich, Melissa Matthewson, Kathryn Miles, Nick Neely, Molly Reid, Eliot Treichel, Joe Wilkins

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers small, need-based tuition credits.

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The application period for the program is October 15 through April 1, with a priority deadline of February 1. 

Students attend back-to-back residencies each July: a week at the Fishtrap Gathering of Writers at Wallowa Lake near Joseph, Oregon, and a second week on the nearby Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande, Oregon. The residencies offer workshops, seminars, and readings and conversations by faculty and visiting writers, student and graduate readings, and one-on-one faculty mentorship.

The program also offers a thematic course of study in its Landscape, Ecology, and Community concentration. Each student additionally completes a practicum or internship in editing and publishing, literary outreach, online teaching, or another self-directed topic.