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Eastern Washington University

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

501 North Riverpoint Boulevard, Suite 425

Spokane, Washington  99202


Program director: Natalie Kusz

Program contact: Nick Giammona

Phone: 509-359-4956


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA, BA

Genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry

Type of program: residency

Length of program: 2 years

Enrollment: 60

Total credits required: 72

Application deadlines: February 15

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Gregory Spatz, Jonathan Johnson, Christopher Howell, Natalie Kusz, Samuel Ligon, Rachel Toor

Visiting faculty: John R. Keeble, Nance VanWinckel, Melissa Kwasny, Jess Walter

Publishing/editing courses: yes

Literary magazine: Willow Springs

Reading series: yes (see website)

Recent visiting writers: Melissa Kwasny, Lydia Millett, Sally Tisdale, Lee Gutkind, Thomas Lynch, Marilynne Robinson

Program description: The Inland Northwest Center for Writers offers an intensive, two-year, pre-professional course of study with an emphasis on the practice of literature as a fine art. The program is intellectually rigorous and includes course work in the study of literature from the vantage point of its composition and history. The student’s principal work is done in advanced workshops and in the writing a of a book-length thesis of publishable quality in fiction, literary nonfiction, or poetry. Internships are available with Writers In The Community, in which students teach creative writing in schools, retirement communities, homeless centers, correctional facilities, etc.; Willow Springs, in which students edit and publish our nationally-acclaimed literary journal; Willow Springs Editions, in which students work for a literary press to publish the winning volume of a national fiction competition; and Get Lit!, in which students learn arts administration through work on Eastern Washington University's annual literary festival. Past festival authors have included Joyce Carol Oates, David Sedaris, and Yusef Komunyakaa.