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."

Ann Pancake

Ann Pancake

Fiction, Nonfiction






Mentor. Workshops and classes in fiction and nonfiction.

Statement: "My greatest commitment as both a writer and a teacher is to writing that originates in deep personal investment because I believe that only by writing from this place in ourselves do we produce real art. For this reason, I think the most valuable expertise I can bring to my students is not my education in literature, nor what I've learned about craft after practicing it for twenty years, although I'll bring those, too. It's my ability to listen: to students, as they describe their interests, backgrounds, and aspirations, and to their drafts, from their earliest conceptions to their final stages. Through this kind of close listening, I help students find their passions. I guide them towards discovering and developing their own authentic voices. And I teach them to identify and then realize their drafts' richest potential."


Ann Pancake’s novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been (Counterpoint 2007) was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, the winner of the 2007 Weatherford Award, and a finalist for the 2008 Orion Book Award and the Washington State Book Award.  Her collection of short stories, Given Ground, won the 2000 Bakeless award and was published by the University Press of New England in 2001.  Other prizes she has received include a Whiting Award, an NEA Grant, a Pushcart Prize, the New Millennium Award for creative nonfiction, and creative writing fellowships from the states of Washington, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies like Orion, The Georgia Review, Poets and Writers, and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best.  She holds a Ph.D in English literature from the University of Washington.  Her new collection of short stories, Me and My Daddy Listen to Bob Marley, will be published by Counterpoint in 2015.