Division of HumanitiesMFA in Creative Writing - Low Residency

Rainier Writing Workshop

HOW TO APPLY

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

Thanks for your interest in the Rainier Writing Workshop, low-residency MFA.   Some general background:  We’re selective. We are looking for motivated adults, preferably with established writing habits, who read enthusiastically, and who want to raise their work to a new level, in a collaborative and individualized experience. The writing matters first of all for us. Our goal is literary achievement and a sustainable writing life.

For questions regarding admission into the MFA program contact:

Rick Barot, MFA Director   
(253) 535-7318                       
barotrp@plu.edu   

For questions regarding the application process you may contact:

Director of Graduate Admission
(253) 535-8570
gradadmission@plu.edu

Deadlines:

Prospective participants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applicants will be considered on a year-round basis, with the following cycle:

  • Early Action – November 30
  • Final Application Deadline – February 15

There will be ongoing consideration of applicants for any remaining places. When all places have been filled, subsequent applicants will be considered for admission to the next year's class. Selected applicants may be offered admission to the earlier year Residency as non-matriculated workshop participants.

Application process:

Create an online application account and submit the $40 non-refundable application fee.

Submit the information for two recommenders via the online application portal. References should attest to your ability to complete the MFA course of study, your ability to work independently, and/or your character and achievement.

Submit a two-page statement describing your background in writing, and your goals and reasons for wanting to enroll in the program. All pages should be double-spaced, using 10 or 12 point font, with the pages numbered, and your name at the top right. Send this in PDF format to gradadmission@plu.edu

Submit a creative writing sample representing your best work (15 pages of poetry or 30-40 pages of prose, or a genre mix not to exceed 40 pages). You may send scanned copies of published work. In manuscript form, poetry may be single-spaced; prose should be double-spaced. All pages should be in 10 or 12 point font, with the pages numbered, and your name at the top right. Send this in PDF format to gradadmission@plu.edu

Submit a 500-word critical response to a literary work you have recently read. The response should be an illustration of your writerly intelligence and your critical abilities. All pages should be double-spaced, using 10 or 12 point font, with the pages numbered, and your name at the top right. Send this in PDF format to gradadmission@plu.edu

Note: Official transcript(s) of the highest previous degree earned do not need to be sent with your application. Transcripts will be requested of you upon notification of pending acceptance.

Non-matriculated Student Option 

*Contact Director before applying to determine availability. Places are limited.

Applicants for Non-Matric. Summer Residency (workshops, courses, readings) will:

  • Submit one or two paragraphs about your experience and goals as a writer, stating why you would like to participate on a residency-only basis. Indicate preparation, including any formal or informal course experience, i.e. college, community center, other summer workshops, etc.  Be sure to include your name, address, e-mail, and phone number.
  • Indicate genre of choice.
  • Submit writing sample of 5 pages of poetry or 10 pages of prose.  All pages should be typed or computer printed, 10 or 12 point typeface, with the pages numbered, and your name at the top right, and please no staples.
  •   List published works, if any.


Note: No on-line application form required. Individual non-matriculated student participation contract will be completed after acceptance.