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."

David Huddle

David Huddle

Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry







Mentor. Workshops and classes in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Statement: "Listening has become a philosophy for me as both a teacher and a writer. I've become a better writer by way of paying more attention to  what my writing is trying to convey to me as I'm working on it. I've become a better teacher by way of giving my students more 'say' in the classroom. As a reader, I'm often trying to help other writers discover their work's 'truest' impulses. And though I've been teaching for thirty-two years now, I still get chills when I read a terrific passage in a manuscript or when a member of a workshop speaks with illuminating generosity. It's not that I don't have opinions that I'm eager to share – in recent years, I've even found myself pounding the table and surprising myself with the passion of my words, something I was far too cool to do in my first twenty-five years of teaching."

David Huddle is currently Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University. He taught for years at the University of Vermont and continues to teach at the Bread Loaf School of English.

Huddle’s work has appeared in River & Sound Review, Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Short Stories, and The Georgia Review. His novel, The Story of a Million Years (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) was named a Distinguished Book of the Year by Esquire and a best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times Book Review. In 2012, LSU Press will publish his seventh poetry collection, Black Snake at the Family Reunion, and Tupelo Press will publish his third novel, Nothing Can Make Me Do This.