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."

Mary Clearman Blew

Mary Clearman Blew

Fiction, Nonfiction






Mentor. Workshops and classes in fiction and nonfiction.

Statement: "Never comfortable with abstractions, I encourage my students to read widely and to practice a variety of ways to explore their works in progress as deeply as possible. I look for students’ strengths and point out doors to open. I ask students to uncover their stories, whether in fiction or nonfiction, and I question every aspect of their work as it relates to their stories."


Mary Clearman Blew’s most recent book is This Is Not the Ivy League: a Memoir.  Her fiction collection, Runaway, won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, as did her memoir All But the Waltz: Essays on a Montana Family.  A novel, Jackalope Dreams, won the 2008 Western Heritage Award.   She teaches creative writing at the University of Idaho.