Archived entries for Program News

Welcome to the SPU MFA Blog!

This site grows out of the dynamic low-residency MFA in Creative Writing program based at Seattle Pacific University. At the heart of this blog will be creative writing by the talented authors emerging from our program. Continue Reading …

Santa Fe Summer Residency 2011!

July 28 through August 7, the MFA students and faculty will gather at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to take part in the Summer 2011 Residency. We’ll be studying the poetry of T. S. Eliot and the prose of Evelyn Waugh for our Art & Faith class, taking part in craft seminars and workshops, and will be able to spend the evenings participating in events hosted by the Glen Workshop. Continue Reading …

Don’t Miss Fields’s Cover Story in Christianity Today

Author and MFA faculty member Leslie Leyland Fields’s newest book, The Spirit of Food, inspired Christianity Today to publish her thoughts on food and spirituality in their latest cover story. Continue Reading …

MFA Faculty Leslie Leyland Fields Publishes The Spirit of Food

A hearty new book offers the chance to enjoy an amazing selection of work by some of our favorite people! The just-released The Spirit of Food, an anthology edited by SPU MFA creative nonfiction faculty Leslie Leyland Fields, contains thirty-four essays on food and how it nurtures both the body and the spirit. Continue Reading …

Tips for Improving Your Creative Writing Sample

The application deadline for spring admission to SPU’s MFA in Creative Writing is October 1st, only two weeks from today! One of the most common questions from students completing their applications is how they can strengthen their creative writing sample. Turning in your strongest work is important, as the writing sample is the most crucial part of your application. Continue Reading …

“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 …

The New York Times Raves about Gina Ochsner’s Novel

We are delighted that The New York Times has given SPU MFA faculty member Gina Ochsner a rave review for her novel The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight. Read the review here.

SPU-Tube: The MFA Videos

Learn more about the seven videos we’ve put together to give you an up-close-and-personal window onto the SPU MFA in Creative Writing. Each video contains interviews with students and faculty in our program speaking directly from their experience. Continue Reading …

“Rigorous & Distinctive”: AWP Assesses Us

In 2009, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), the national professional organization in the realm of creative writing, undertook a comprehensive assessment of our MFA program. Here are excerpts from their final report. Continue Reading …



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