Archived entries for Alumni News

“I am a Better Person”: Alumni Survey Results

Recently Seattle Pacific University administered an online survey to all alumni from its graduate programs, including the MFA in Creative Writing Program. This survey had many purposes: to reconnect with graduates, to gauge their overall experience at SPU, and to discover whether their SPU degree prepared them for professional work in their respective fields. Continue Reading …

“Abandoning Mastery”: Allison Backous

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. Continue Reading …

“Each of My Callings Brings Joy”: Denise Frame Harlan

I came to writing late, and I came hungry for excellence. I’d already studied faith and the arts for twenty years, through the pages of Image Journal. When I first started, I had a hard time calling myself a writer. My reading standards were high and my skills were…okay. I wanted much more from my stories. Continue Reading …



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