Earn an MFA in Creative Writing from Marylhurst
A New Generation of Creative Writing
Relish in the time and space to envision and create what you’d otherwise not have the time and space to make. The Marylhurst MFA in Creative Writing program encourages experimentation within and across writing forms and across artistic mediums, including comic arts, performance, and social practice art. The program’s guiding principles in equity, aesthetic inclusion, humility, variation, elasticity, and rigor produce inspired and capable writers committed to upholding safe, collaborative and inclusive communities within American literary culture.
As an apprentice writer within the Marylhurst MFA in Creative Writing program, you will draft, revise and polish poems, stories, essays, memoirs or translations to develop skills in close reading and writing. Throughout the program, you will employ writing methods successful in cultivating a point of view, dramatic scene, syntax and distinction, prosody and collage.
Within this low-residency creative writing program, faculty mentors offer structure for apprentice writers to explore, experiment, make false starts and persevere towards draft generation, revision and completion. You will correspond with faculty mentors over the course of quarter-long projects, with permission to think, play, describe, invent, transform, and engage with what it means to be human in our time.
Online: Exchange work with faculty mentors by email (or mail) throughout the year.
Residency: Attend two 7-day residencies as a community each year for affirmation and visibility and to share work.
Engage with faculty mentors by email before and after attending two short-term visits to campus in Portland each year. The Marylhurst MFA in Creative Writing was strategically designed in a low residency format to provide the perfect imbalance between writing and community immersion. You will develop solitary discipline and independent writing practices in preparation for future work as a writer, while engaging in supportive, non-competitive, generative communities.
Apprentice writers join acclaimed authors and faculty on-campus in Portland twice each year for short 7-day residencies. Faculty and staff spend residencies in lectures, readings, performances, writing workshops, and generative sessions in which they sit together and write.
Why Choose the Marylhurst MFA?
Marylhurst University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
Exchange work and receive feedback with faculty mentors online throughout the year, with two 7 day residencies on-campus in Portland at the beginning of Summer and Winter terms.
FOR THE EXPERIMENTAL WRITER
Write without bounds in this leading creative writing master’s program that holds space for experimentation and elasticity within and across forms and mediums.
PROFESSIONAL & CREATIVE APPROACH
MFA apprentice writers receive both intensive creative writing instruction, and exposure to publishing, performance, social practice art, and teaching.
ACTIVE LITERARY COMMUNITY
Deep connections within the local and national literary communities, expose apprentice writers to varying genres, creative processes, and nationally recognized works. Acclaimed authors participate in the university’s Reading Series, MFA residencies and serve as faculty mentors.
Through a progressive, cross-genre curriculum, the MFA in Creative Writing program pairs award-winning faculty with apprentice writers in a mentorship. Each quarter, work one-on-one with your faculty mentor to exchange creative and critical work, receive feedback and collaborate on the evolution of your manuscript.
Collaborate, share and learn alongside nationally and internationally recognized faculty including Jay Ponteri, Alejandro D’Acosta, Selah Saterstrom, Matt Hart, Rachel Jamison Webster and more.
Make new possibilities that defy expectation, create surprise, and raise the bar for what creative writing might be.
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Ready to further discuss whether or not the Marylhurst MFA in Creative Writing is right for you? Connect with one of our admissions counselors who can answer your questions, email you more information and share steps to get started.
Next opportunity to start is Fall 2018.