Student Resources

Incoming Students: Next Steps

Welcome to the UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics!

This page will be updated regularly with important information as we approach the start to the Autumn 2016 Quarter. Information will also be emailed to students but please check this page for the most up-to-date details.


Here is the final schedule for new student orientation, held on Tuesday, September 27th from 5:30 - 7:45 pm, with an optional alumni mixer afterwards. When you arrive on campus, please come to the second floor of Founders Hall (UW1). We’ll meet in the open vista at the midway point of the building. Do keep in mind that this orientation is required so please be sure to make arrangements to attend.

  • 5:15 – 5:30 pm – Check in & coffee
  • 5:30 –  7:00 pm – Individual program time
  • 7:00 – 7:45 pm – All programs together for information from the IAS Grad Office and Career Services
  • 7:45 pm – (optional) those who are interested can head off campus for a mixer with alumni and current students

Additional details sent over email, contact the IAS Grad Office with questions.


Listservs and email accounts: The listserv for your cohort has now been created and your UW email address has been added to it as well as to the over listserv for all MFA students. Please see August 1 email for specific details. You will also begin to receive Calls for Submission messages as well as Funding announcements via separate email accounts. If you have questions about these, please contact Kate Osmond,

Current Student Page: The Current Students page has now been updated! Thank you all very much for sending in your information, it’s exciting to learn about our new cohort.

Relocation: If you are moving to the Seattle area or are just looking to move while you’re in school, we encourage you to review our online Relocation Guide for information on housing, area neighborhoods, transportation options, dining and leisure, and more.


Registration: Please be sure to register for BCWRIT 500 and BCWRIT 510 before September 28. These are both 5-credit courses that all first year MFA students are required to register for this Autumn Quarter.  The registration form is available online. Be sure you fill out the form for first year students. Registration details are provided below.

Orientation: Orientation for new IAS graduate students provides the opportunity for faculty and staff to welcome you to campus and share important information. It’s a great event for the cohort to begin to come together and get to know each other and it also gives you a chance to meet graduate students in all three IAS graduate programs. Orientation will take place late afternoon/early evening on Tuesday, September 27. More details to come.

Fall Convergence: This event provides the first program opportunity for you to engage in an active community of writers and writing discussions. The 2016 Convergence will begin Saturday, October 1st at 12:30 pm with opening remarks and will go through late afternoon on Sunday, October 2nd. It is important that MFA students plan to attend all events at the conference. Find out more about the Fall Convergence, including a schedule of events and list of guests.


The registration forms are now available so incoming students can proceed to register for Autumn Quarter and the two required courses: BCWRIT 500 Writing Workshop Between Poetry and Prose and BCWRIT 510 Poetics Seminar Cultural Change and Writing.
To begin the registration process, visit our Registration Forms page and access these three documents:

  1. Autumn Quarter 2016 Registration Form for First Year Students
  2. PCE Payment Agreement form (only required if you’re expecting financial aid)
  3. Measles Immunity Verification form (not necessary if you were previously a UW student)

To register for courses, fill out the registration form completely and then follow instructions on submitting payment. If you’re expecting financial aid, you’ll need to submit the PCE Payment Agreement as well. You’ll also need to fill out the Measles Immunity Verification form and return it to the UW Bothell Registrar’s Office per the instructions on the form. There is also additional immunization information available regarding this requirement.
Please register as soon as possible, and no later than September 27, 2016, the day prior to the first day of Autumn Quarter (when a late fee is charged). Note that students in this program must make full payment of tuition and fees at the time of registration each quarter. The MyUW system is not used for course registration.

Tuition and Fees
The quarterly tuition for this program, not including fees, is $6,510 (10 credits of enrollment, $651 per credit). Quarterly fees, not including books or materials, amount to $375. See below for details.

Registration Fee
All students in this program pay a nonrefundable $45 registration fee each quarter.

Other Fees
Student Technology Fee: $42 per quarter
Other Mandatory Fees (including sports field, services, and activities fees): $288 per quarter

Late Fees
$25 late fee beginning the first day of the term: September 28, 2016. Students receiving financial aid through the UW Student Financial Aid Office must pay in full within one week after the financial aid has been disbursed. $75 petition fee beginning October 12, 2016.
REFUND POLICY: To receive a 100% refund, minus the $45.00 nonrefundable registration fee, you must send a written request to withdraw by October 4, 2016. To receive a 50% refund, minus the $45.00 registration fee, the written request must be received by October 27, 2016.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: If you are not planning to continue in the program or course, please send a request to withdraw, with or without a refund, to: UW Professional & Continuing Education Registration Services, PO Box 45010, Seattle WA 98145-0010, or send email to

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 late afternoon/early evening: Program Orientation (details TBD)
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016: last day to register for courses without incurring late fee
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016: first day of Autumn Quarter
  • Thursday, September 29, 2016, 5:45 – 10:00 pm:  first meeting of BCWRIT 510 Poetics Seminar with Jeanne Heuving
  • Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2, 2016: Fall Convergence (details TBD)
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016,  5:45-10:00 pm: first meeting of BCWRIT 500 Writing Workshop with Rebecca Brown


Required Courses
At the University of Washington, ten (10) graduate credits constitute full-time graduate study. In your first year you will be taking two (2) required courses each quarter. Your first required courses are BCWRIT 500 Writing Workshop: Between Poetry and Prose (5 credits) and BCWRIT 510 Poetics Seminar: Cultural Change and Writing (5 credits). Since you have been admitted to the program, a space in these courses and all subsequent required MFA courses has been reserved for you; there is no risk of being “closed out.” BCWRIT 500 is held on Tuesday nights from 5:45-10:00 pm and is taught by Professor Rebecca Brown. BCWRIT 510 is held on Thursday nights from 5:45 – 10: 00 pm and is taught by Professor Jeanne Heuving.

Elective Courses
Your first year will be made up of six required courses: three creative writing workshops and three poetics seminars. It is possible to take elective courses in your first year, but your tuition rate will increase with additional course work.  We do not encourage you to take additional courses in your first year, but if you wish to do so, you will need to consult with Professor Heuving. In the second year, you will have the opportunity to take three elective courses, according to a plan you set out for your second year course of study.

Husky ID Card and U-Pass

Your Husky ID Card may be picked up in the Campus Public Safety Office, LB2 005 (see campus map), any time after you have registered for Autumn Quarter. Please contact Student Affairs at 425-352-5000 or with any questions. This card can also serve as your U-Pass if you want to take advantage of the significant savings it offers on public transportation. Take your Husky Card to the UW Bothell cashier’s office (Husky Hall) for payment and activation. More information is here


UW NetID stands for University of Washington Network Identification. Your UW NetID username and password give you access to MyUW and other online services. Follow the instructions to create your UW NetID. You will be asked to choose a UW NetID as well as a password.  If you need assistance setting up your UW NetID, please call IT Connect at 206-221-5000. The UW NetID system requires that you enter a Personal Access Code (PAC) in order to setup up the UW NetID profile. You can find your PAC, as well as your Student ID number, by logging back into your application profile

MyUW System Features

  • Visual Schedule
    Displays your quarterly class schedule in a calendar format. From Personal Services in MyUW, select Visual Schedule from the list of Services.
  • Student Account and Loan Status Inquiries
    Log on to MyUW to:
    • Find your current account balance
    • Get a summary of disbursed financial aid and check availability
    • Determine if outside lender loan funds are available
    • Get the latest recorded student account payment
  • Change of Address
    Use this service to change your addresses (local and permanent) provided to the Student Directory and used by the Office of the Registrar, Office of Student Financial Aid, Student Accounts Office, Student Loans Office, and other University departments and offices. You may also use this feature to change your directory release information. If you don't have Web access from home, there are numerous labs around campus for your use. PCs are available in the Office of Student Affairs Lobby, UW1 Room 160, and the campus Library. 

Student Resources

Please take a few moments to explore the Student Resources section of the website where you will find a resource list for local organizations/groups as well as our graduate student Relocation Guide. You may also wish to explore the section on Program Funding 

Feel free to contact the IAS Graduate Office at or 425-352-3406 at any time with questions about the MFA program or any of these important steps. 

Check this page regularly for important updates, announcements, and program information.