About

Welcome to the blog for the Seattle Pacific University MFA in Creative Writing program. To go directly to the program website, click here.

The low-residency MFA at SPU is a creative writing program for apprentice writers—both Christians and those of other traditions—who not only want to pursue excellence in the craft of writing but also place their work within the larger context of the Judeo-Christian tradition of faith.

This program seeks to extend the tradition of Christian writing in which the highest levels of art, an open-eyed exploration of human experience, and a respect for transcendent mystery are all held in a proper balance.

Ours is a two-year, low-residency program in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Each student works closely with two mentors over the duration of the program to develop reading lists, critical papers, and a final creative thesis. Current mentors include Robert Clark, Jeanine Hathaway, Gina Ochsner, Jeanne Murray Walker, Paula Huston, and Lauren Winner.

All students meet for two ten-day residencies a year, in order to attend workshops, lectures, and readings.  The summer residency is held on St. John’s campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and coincides each year with Image‘s Glen Workshop.  The spring residency is held at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, off the coast of Washington.

If you are interested in learning more about our program, check out our online brochure, visit our website here, watch students discuss their experiences on YouTube, or email our program coordinator, Aubrey Allison, at mfa@spu.edu.

Photograph copyright by Wim Wenders, used with permission.



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