Creative Writing Career Paths – MFA

Creative Writing Careers

With a curriculum designed from goals set forth by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), graduates of the Marylhurst MFA in Creative Writing program will find themselves to be confident, capable writers with a deep connection to the literary arts community. 

Graduates earn their MFA degree after cultivating their own creative processes, analytical reading capabilities, and writing skills. They leave the program as seasoned practitioners, well-versed in publishing, editing and their individual writing process.

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Professional & Creative Writing Careers

Applying your MFA Creatively & Professionally.

Marylhurst graduates are succeeding in an array of fields. With a Marylhurst MFA in Creative Writing, endless professional and creative work opportunities are available to you. Marylhurst’s apprentice writers who are interested in pursuing professional work within K-12 education, grass roots publishing, performance or social practice art, may elect to focus their residencies and interactions with faculty mentors within these arenas.

Here are just a few areas where you may choose to contribute creative writing and critical thinking skills earned through the Marylhurst creative writing MFA:

  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Performance
  • Social Practice Art
  • Advertising
  • Communications
  • Non-profit administration
  • Creative direction
  • Film
  • Journalism

Career Services for Life

As a graduate of our creative writing program, Marylhurst University’s career coaches, literary networks and job databases are at your disposal. Not for six months or a year, but for your lifetime.

Year-round enrichment offerings — workshops, conferences, lectures and noncredit courses – are readily available to you, as well as to professionals like yourself throughout the Portland metropolitan region and beyond through our online offerings.

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Award-Winning Faculty

Jay Ponteri - Faculty - MarylhurstThe Marylhurst MFA in Creative Writing program defines a new generation of creative writing instruction and welcomes the influence of Portland, Oregon’s prominent literary arts scene.  Locally and nationally-acclaimed authors serve as faculty mentors for the program’s cohort of apprentice writers. Through these collaborations, program faculty hold space for experimentation and elasticity within and across forms and mediums. – Jay Ponteri , Director, Marylhurst MFA in Creative Writing

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