Division of HumanitiesMFA in Creative Writing - Low Residency

Rainier Writing Workshop


"I am impressed with the caliber, commitment, and generosity of the faculty. Their willingness to engage with us in and out of our classroom made this experience unlike any other I've had."

Adrianne Harun

Adrianne Harun






Mentor. Workshops and classes in fiction.

Statement: "I don't believe there's any one route to writing good fiction and, sorrowfully, I also have come to believe that the magic book or teacher possessing the secret of fiction writing does not actually exist. I do, however, believe in the value of the twined practices of revision and obsessively close reading, as well as the great promise of intuitive leaps, emotional honesty and constant exploration. As a mentor, I ask a lot of questions, and I tend to prod my students also into asking questions of their own work. The wonderful Canadian writer Catherine Bush writes, ‘The novel needs curiosity the way a river needs water,’ and I could not agree more. I’m also particularly interested in the ways in which narrative architecture can alter, intensify, or obscure a story, so I often focus on structure as well. My goal as a teacher is to act as an informed yet curious companion, sometimes guiding, sometimes badgering, always listening."


Adrianne Harun is the author of a novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (Penguin 2014) and a collection of stories, The King of Limbo and Other Stories (Houghton Mifflin 2002), a Sewanee Writers’ Series selection and a Washington State Book Award finalist.  Her stories have been published widely, garnering awards from the Chicago Tribune (Nelson Algren Award), Story, and other journals, and have been listed as Distinguished in Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Short Stories.  Her fiction has also been anthologized, most recently in Looking Together: Writers on Art (University of Washington Press).  In addition, for over twenty years, Adrianne has worked on the editorial side of publishing, and she is also currently on the faculty of the Sewanee School of Letters at the University of the South.