Eastern Washington University's MFA program in Creative Writing is a vibrant and active community of writers and educators diverse enough to engage writers of all styles and small enough to provide the individual attention which truly nurtures great writing. The faculty are highly educated and widely published; students interact in classrooms, at readings, and elsewhere. Part of the EWU MFA experience is learning to live the writer's life, and the program brings in a variety of visitors to help students explore that life.
Recent guests include Thomas Lynch, Aurelie Sheehan, Peter Everwine, Mark Childress, Michele Glazer, David Wojahn, Ladette Randolph, Patricia Hampl, Linda Bierds, Thomas Lux, Alison Baker, James Tate, Valerie Martin, John Edgar Wideman, Dorianne Laux, Yusef Komunyakaa, Phillip Lopate, Lan Samantha Chang, Marilynne Robinson, Stuart Dybek, Gerald Stern, Lee Gutkind, Jane Smiley, Susan Musgrave, Ira Sukrungruang, John Rybicki, Molly Giles, and Lydia Millet. Each year several writing workshops are taught by one or more of our guests, providing students with valuable guidance and advice.
Students can earn editorial positions on the staff of Willow Springs, head the Writers in the Community program, or help coordinate the region's largest literary festival, GetLit!