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

To apply to the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA program, please submit:

  • Graduate Application and $40.00 application fee
    • You may use the Online or  Print version of the application form. 
    • Please mail all application materials to: 
           Pacific Lutheran University
           Office of Admission--Graduate Programs
           Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
  • Two Letters of Recommendation attesting to your ability to complete such a course of study, your ability to work independently, and/or your character and achievement.  The MFA Recommendation Form is included in the graduate application, and should accompany all recommendations.  You may alternatively send your recommenders the following link to the MFA Online Recommendation Form. 
  • Submit a two-page statement of your background in writing, your goals and reasons for wanting to enroll in the program.  All pages should be double-spaced, typed or computer printed, 10 or 12 point typeface, with the pages numbered, and your name at the top right, and please no staples. 
  • Submit a portfolio 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 photocopies of published work.  In manuscript form, poetry may be single-spaced; prose should be double-spaced.  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. 
  • Submit a 500 word (double-spaced) critical response to a literary work you have recently read (the purpose is to demonstrate your own writerly intelligence).  All pages should be double-spaced, typed or computer printed, 10 or 12 point typeface, with the pages numbered, and your name at the top right, and please no staples. 
  • International Students only:

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

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
  • Please notify us if you intend to apply after February 1
  • 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.

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.