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Eastern Oregon University

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

College of Arts and Sciences

One University Blvd.

La Grande, Oregon 97850

Website: eou.edu/mfa

Program director: Jodi Varon and David Axelrod, co-directors

Program contact: Jodi Varon or David Axelrod

Phone: Varon: (541) 962-3525 Axelrod: (541) 962-3633

Email: Varon: jvaron@eou.edu Axelrod: daxelrod@eou.edu

Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA in Creative Writing

Genres: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, wilderness writing

Type of program: low residency

Length of program: 2 years

Enrollment: 5-7 students per workshop

Total credits required: 60

Application deadlines: rolling

Scholarships available: no

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: David Axelrod (poetry), Susan Denning (literary arts outreach), Justin Hocking, Christopher Howell (poetry, publisher in residence, Lynx House Press), Barry Kitterman (fiction), Jon Raymond (fiction, screenwriting), Jodi Varon (creative non-fiction), Lidia Yuknavitch (fiction, creative non-fiction), Christine Holbert (publisher-in-residence, Lost Horse Press)

Visiting faculty: Jennifer Boyden

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazine: basalt

Reading series: Ars Poetica Literary Lecture Series

Recent visiting writers: Anthony Doerr, Molly Gloss, Peter Rock, Jess Walter, Mathew Dickman, Kim Barnes, Danielle Duellen, Carl Adamshick, Michael McGriff, Crystal Williams, Keetje Kuipers, Robert Wrigley

Program description: The Eastern Oregon University Low Residency MFA Program offers degrees in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Wilderness Writing. A two-year, 60-credit hour program, June and October residencies are held on the Eastern Oregon University campus in La Grande. Small, 5-7 student workshops facilitated by award-winning faculty, as well as one-on-one faculty mentor advising with each student combines creative nurturing and academic rigor while building a community of writers. Intensive study, writing, interaction, discussion, and tutorials take place in workshops, genre seminars, and lectures, augmented by faculty and visiting writer readings, student and graduate readings. All students participate in self-designed literary outreach projects in their home communities while students in the MFA, in practica that stem from the literary outreach coursework students complete in the first summer residency.

Because the MFA degree in Creative Writing supports a variety of practical, professional, and artistic applications, all students in EOU’s program will have the opportunity to choose from an array of lectures during the residencies: editing and publishing, wilderness writing, book arts and design, literary translation, digital communication. If you value the real West over the resort town West, cherish a natural setting ringed by mountains and wilderness in which to concentrate on your creativity, and relish the opportunity to build a lasting community of working writers in which you are an essential part, then join us in the low residency MFA program at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.


last updated 10/11/2013