“Abandoning Mastery”: Allison Backous

Click here to read SPU MFA graduate Allison Backous’s essay “Abandoning Mastery,” published recently on Faith and Leadership.

Allison Backous graduated from the Seattle Pacific MFA program in 2009, with a concentration in Creative Nonfiction. Allison writes occasional pieces for Image‘s Good Letters blog, and has an essay forthcoming in Image Journal. She is the creative writing editor for The Other Journal, and is a professor of English at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Allison had this to say about her experience in Seattle Pacific University’s MFA program:

“I loved creative writing as a teenager, and fell in love with scholarly work in my undergrad; when I first encountered the MFA program, and the work of Robert Clark, I knew that the MFA was a place where critical thought and practice, both in writing and in talking about writing, were important. The MFA gave me a community of writers that have become some of my dearest friends, and it has also connected me to many who are doing vital work in the ‘arenas’ of art and faith. It has also shaped my perception of writing – both how I do it, and what I write about – with clarity and vision that will follow me my whole life. I cannot recommend it more highly, or praise its writers and instructors with more affection and reverence.”