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Seattle Pacific University

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

3307 3rd Ave West

Suite 318

Seattle, WA 98119


Program director: Gregory Wolfe

Program contact: Tyler McCabe

Phone: (206) 281-2727


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: low-residency

Length of program: 2 years

Genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction

Application deadlines: Rolling; apply before Nov. 15 for a spring start, before May 15 for a summer start

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Assistantships: no

Core faculty: Robert Clark, Jeanine Hathaway, Paula Huston, Gina Ochsner, Jeanne Murray Walker, Lauren F. Winner

Publishing/editing courses: no

Literary magazine: Image

Recent visiting writers: Carolyn Forché, David James Duncan, Dana Gioia, Patricia Hampl, Thomas Lynch, Marilyn Nelson, Josip Novakovich, Christian Wiman

Program description: The low-residency MFA at SPU is a creative writing program for apprentice writers—both Christians and those of other traditions—who not only want to pursue excellence in the craft of writing but also place their work within the larger context of the Judeo-Christian tradition of faith.

The spiritual dimension of this program is not intended to produce didactic, sectarian, or sentimental literature. Nor is this MFA intended to produce writers of “Christian fiction.”

This program seeks to extend the tradition of Christian writing in which the highest levels of art, an open-eyed exploration of human experience, and a respect for transcendent mystery are all held in a proper balance.

Our models are Augustine and Dante, Donne and Dostoevsky, Eliot and O’Connor, Percy and Dillard.

We are convinced that writers flourish best when they engage in a sustained dialogue with the great literature that has gone before them. Therefore, our program maintains a strong emphasis on reading classic works from the Judeo-Christian tradition and responding to them in a series of critical papers.

Unlike many MFA programs, ours focuses not only on matters of craft but also on the importance of vision. We believe that great writing is not merely an act of self-expression, but a single-minded effort to do justice to the world.