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Welcome to the online home of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Seattle Pacific University.


A note from our new Director:

Thank you for your interest in the low-residency Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree at Seattle Pacific University. Ours is a program that specifically embraces the vital and generative relationship between literary study and creative writing, and ours is a program that intentionally includes—in our literary engagements—a long tradition of texts produced by people of faith.

Our faculty mentors work to educe from our students a sense that they must engage dialogically with the prior tradition by attending to what has come before, and thereafter responding with new creation. Our faculty shares a sense that our students will develop most readily if they shed the idea that writing is primarily a way to express what they think they already know, and come to trust, instead, that writing creatively is primarily a way of knowing. That is to say that if you are a writer who understands your own writing to be a way of—quite literally—coming to terms with who you are and with whose you are, then our program may be for you.

A recent, comprehensive assessment by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) noted that SPU’s MFA “meets and surpasses AWP’s hallmarks for rigor and intellectual engagement,” and concluded that “it is likely to enjoy national preeminence...for many years to come.”

Our program is small, and highly selective. Should you join us, you will become part of an alive and enlivening community of mentors, students, and alumni—a community whose every member takes seriously the accomplishment of every other.

May it be blessed,

Scott Cairns, Director




Beginning at the summer 2016 residency, Susanne Antonetta (Creative Nonfiction) and Robert Cording (Poetry) joined the SPU MFA faculty!


Partial scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.


View Residency Photos. Click here to see photos from summer residencies at St. John's College in Santa Fe, and click here to see photos from March residencies at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island, WA.


The SPU MFA is on YouTube. Click here to watch videos of students and faculty talking about their experiences in the program.


We're on Facebook--"Like" the Seattle Pacific University Low Residency MFA to get program news as it unfolds--and Twitter, too!  Follow @SPU_MFA



"Rigorous and Distinctive": click here to read excerpts from the AWP's assessment of our program.

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