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."

Scott Nadelson

Scott Nadelson






Mentor. Workshops and classes in fiction.

Statement: "As a writer, I am endlessly surprised and fascinated by the possibilities offered by narrative and by language; as a teacher, I try to get students excited about those possibilities by sharing my discoveries and encouraging them to make discoveries of their own. Above all, I try on a daily basis to remind myself and my students of the joy that literature can provide both reader and writer, the relief from a world that often suppresses joy, the pleasure of finding a way to communicate genuinely what it feels like to be human. What a wonderful way to spend one’s life, working day after day to compose, in the words of the great William Goyen, 'the music of what was.'”


Scott Nadelson is the author of three story collections, most recently Aftermath, and a memoir, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress. His stories and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, New England Review, The Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, and Alaska Quarterly Review, and have been cited as notable in both Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays.  Winner of the Oregon Book Award, the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award, and the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, he teaches at Willamette University and lives in Salem, Oregon.