Division of HumanitiesMFA in Creative Writing - Low Residency

The Rainier Writing Workshop a low residency mfa creative writing.

Innovative - Challenging - Independent

  • The Northwest's Premier Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing.  Join a community of independent writers—an atmosphere in which your work will flourish.
  • An innovative three-year, four-residency program provides a high-quality experience at a more leisurely pace, perfect for busy professionals and those who wish to take time to develop their work's fullest potential.
  • Distinguished faculty for discerning writers.  Work with outstanding writers, editors, and special guests—a faculty drawn from all over the country.
  • A unique outside experience component (second year) allows you to design a writing experience to enhance your own skills and interests.
  • Magnificent summer weather in the shadow of Mount Rainier, accessible to Puget Sound/Olympic Peninsula recreation areas and Seattle's urban culture.

Please note: We like to hear from prospective applicants.  We can send further information and/or answer questions. Please contact director, Stan Rubin, at mfa@plu.edu, giving your name, time zone, and a phone number with convenient times at which you can be reached.

"By far the best educational experience I have had - ever!" - 2009 Graduate


Washington State Poet Laureate

National Endowment for the Arts in Poetry

Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship

New Millennium Writings Award in Nonfiction

Independent Publisher Book Award

White Pine Press Poetry Prize

The American Poet Prize

Story Quarterly Annual

Atlantic Monthly Contest Winners

Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes

The MFA Process

Tarn Wilson, graduate of the Rainier Writing Workshop in 2008 wrote a thoughtful article entitled "Of Spinning and Writing:  In Defense of MFA programs," on Brevity's Non-Fiction Blog.