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."

Dinah Lenney

Dinah Lenney






Mentor. Workshops and classes in nonfiction.

Statement: "'Pursue, keep up with, circle round and round your life… Know your own bone, gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw at it still.' So wrote Thoreau, and the words comfort and inspire, as they apply to craft, and to our personal themes whatever they are. Having trained as an actor, I'm interested in voice, and in strategies for mining memory and imagination to cultivate authentic performance on the page."

Dinah Lenney is the author of Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir, published by the University of Nebraska in Tobias Wolff's American Lives Series, and excerpted in The New York Times. She co-authored Acting for Young Actors (Watson-Guptill, with director Mary Lou Belli), and has taught acting for film and for musical theatre at colleges across the country.

Dinah's essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Agni, the Kenyon Review Online, Water~Stone, and in The Los Angeles Times, where she occasionally writes for the Book Review. She currently teaches in the Master of Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California and in the Bennington Writing Seminars, where she earned her MFA. She lives in Los Angeles – just over the hill from Dodger Stadium – with her husband and two children.