Division of HumanitiesMFA in Creative Writing - Low Residency

The Rainier Writing Workshop a low residency mfa creative writing.

Innovation. Challenge. Community.

  • The Northwest's Premier Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing.  Join a community of independent writers—an atmosphere in which your work will flourish.
  • An innovative three-year, four-residency program provides a high-quality experience at a more leisurely pace, perfect for busy professionals and those who wish to take time to develop their work's fullest potential.
  • Distinguished faculty for discerning writers.  Work with outstanding writers, editors, and special guests—a faculty drawn from all over the country.

  • A unique “Outside Experience” component allows you to design a writing experience to enhance your own skills and projects.

  • Your final thesis can contain work in multiple genres.  Many of our faculty members have expertise in more than one genre, and can mentor participants who seriously work in multiple genres.

  • Selectivity.  The people who are selected for this program are adults with established writing habits, prior literary achievement, and enthusiastic and critical reading habits.  Your colleagues in the program will challenge and encourage you.

  • Ten years of distinction.  The Rainier Writing Workshop has a proven record of accomplishment by its faculty and participants.

  • Magnificent summer weather in the shadow of Mount Rainier, accessible to Puget Sound/Olympic Peninsula recreation areas and Seattle's urban culture




Washington State Poet Laureate

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry

Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship

Lambda Literary Award

New Millennium Writings Award in Nonfiction

Pushcart Prize

White Pine Press Poetry Prize

Paris Review George Plimpton Prize

Story Quarterly Annual

Atlantic Monthly Contest Winners

Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes

Publisher’s Weekly ‘Best Books 2013’

WA State Artist Trust Fellowship



We like to hear from prospective applicants.  We can send more information and/or answer questions.  Please contact the director, Rick Barot, at barotrp@plu.edu, or at 253/535-7318.