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."

Suzanne Berne

Suzanne Berne






Mentor. Workshops and classes in fiction.

Statement: "In my view, the best thing a workshop can provide is excitement. By focusing on where a story is most original, most engaging – where it 'burns the brightest,' as I heard someone say last summer – the workshop can locate ideas and scenes a writer may not have realized had so much potential. It's easy to lose faith in something you're working on; in fact, losing faith in your own work may well be an essential part of writing well. So part of the workshop's job is to help you locate that spark, where your work is most alive, original, memorable.   And then send you on your way again."

Suzanne Berne is the author of three novels: The Ghost at the Table (2006), which was chosen as one the Best Books of 2006 by the Boston Globe; A Perfect Arrangement (2001), a New York Times Notable Book; and A Crime in the Neighborhood (1998), winner of Great Britain’s Orange Prize.  Her first book of nonfiction is Missing Lucile: Memories of a Grandmother I Never Knew (2010).  She has written frequently for the New York Times and her short stories and essays have been published in such places as The Threepenny Review, Agni, Vogue, Ploughshares, The Boston Globe, and The London Sunday Times.  She is also the fiction editor for the Harvard Review.  Her new novel The Dogs of Littlefield was published by Penguin in the UK and nominated for the Bailey Prize (formerly the Orange Prize).  Simon & Schuster will soon publish the novel in the US.  She lives outside of Boston and teaches creative writing at Boston College.