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."

Peggy  Shumaker

Peggy Shumaker

Poetry, Nonfiction






Mentor. Workshops and classes in poetry and nonfiction.

Statement: "I want to read the poems, essays and stories that only you can write. I want to pay close attention to your words, your images, your lines and sentences so that we can narrow the gap between what you imagine and what's on the page. Together we'll come up with reading lists to support and challenge you. You're about to devote several years to honing your craft, to reading as a writer, to finding ways to make room for writing in your life. We're in this together, as writers and as readers. Writing well is an act of generosity. Writing well allows us to add our steps to a dance that began long before we were born and that will continue long after we're dust. Across cultures, across centuries, writing lets us in on the inside stories, the stories that make us most human."


Peggy Shumaker has published seven books and two chapbooks of poetry.  Her newest work is Toucan Nest, Poems of Costa Rica.  Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally.  Shumaker is Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks.  She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publisher of fine art and literature from Alaska.  She also edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press.  Shumaker was Alaska State Writer Laureate for 2010-2012.