Division of HumanitiesMFA in Creative Writing - Low Residency

Rainier Writing Workshop

FACULTY

"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."

Rebecca McClanahan

Rebecca McClanahan

Nonfiction, Poetry

Profile

Professional
Emphasis

Poetry

Responsibilities

Mentor. Workshops and classes in nonfiction and poetry.

Statement: "In my workshops, I am not interested in 'fixing' so-called flawed texts; fixing is the work of morticians. I am interested in helping writers discover what their drafts want to be when they grow up. How do we locate the essay hiding within the messay, the memoir stalled on a ME-more track, the poem trying to sing its way out of the journal’s pages? Our task as writers is not only to pay attention to our world but also to use the materials of the world in extraordinary ways. To do this, we must uncover the subtle design, the 'figure in the carpet' that is woven into even the most everyday events. Often we must proceed without knowing what form the work will finally take. We write our way into the question, into the mystery. Writing begets more writing; meaning grows on the page."

Personal
Biography

Rebecca McClanahan’s tenth book is The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change.  She has also published five books of poetry, three books of writing instruction, and The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, winner of the Glasgow Award in nonfiction.  The fifteenth anniversary edition of McClanahan’s Word Painting: A Guide To Writing More Descriptively, will be released in November 2014.  Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, and numerous anthologies.  McClanahan has received the Wood Prize from Poetry, a Pushcart Prize in Fiction, the Carter Prize for the Essay, and literary fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.