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."

Brenda Miller

Brenda Miller






Mentor. Workshops and classes in nonfiction.

Statement: "As both a writer and a teacher, I'm so interested in how we make authentic connections, especially in a world that has grown so busy and ‘digitized’ that such connections can be rare, fleeting, and absolutely stunning. I look forward to being witness, cheerleader, mentor, and companion as you find your true voice in creative nonfiction."


Brenda Miller is the author of three essay collections: Listening Against the Stone (Skinner House Books, 2012), Blessing of the Animals (Eastern Washington University Press, 2009), and Season of the Body (Sarabande Books, 2002).  She has also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction (McGraw Hill, 2012) and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Books, 2012).  Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes.  She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Bellingham Review.