Inside the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics at the University of Washington Bothell is dedicated to helping each student develop their creative work through a course of study that encourages exploration and discovery.
We organize our curriculum into areas of inquiry rather than genres. In contrast to many MFA programs, our writers enjoy the freedom to experiment across genres and media as suits their creative purposes. Emphasizing experimentation and hybridity, our program invites students to participate in a community concerned with the pursuit of creative writing in a rapidly changing society.
The MFA poses the central questions of poetics, inquiring into the social, cultural, and technological aspects of writing to ask: How is creative writing an ethical, political and aesthetic endeavor? What forms might creative writing take in an interconnected, transnational society? How does new media alter the environment and possibilities for creative writing?
Each academic year kicks off with the Fall Convergence, a gathering of nationally and internationally renowned writers and artists to engage topics in contemporary poetics. The year closes with the Spring Festival, where graduating students share their thesis work publicly and receive a benedictory reading from a student-nominated invited speaker.
- Focus on experimental writing and hybrid forms
- Vibrant roster of visiting writers, conferences, and festivals
- Evening program designed for students with jobs and other commitments
- Optional residency in second year
- Flexible part-time or full-time thesis completion
- Connections to Seattle’s thriving literary and arts scene
- Lovecraft/Uncraft: Race, Cosmic Horror, and the New Weird (from The Convergence Zone)
Thursday, April 15, 6 p.m.
- Mark Nowak on "A People's History of the Poetry Workshop" (from The Convergence Zone)
Thursday, April 15, 6 p.m.
- Donna Miscolta (from The Convergence Zone)
Friday, April 16, 1:30 p.m.
- Gamut Literary Reading Series
Friday, April 16, 7 p.m.
- Brenda Cárdenas on "Writing Working Class Lives" (from The Convergence Zone)
Thursday, April 22, 6 p.m.
- Joan Fiset (from The Convergence Zone)
Friday, April 23, 1:30 p.m.
- Norman Finkelstein: A Reading and Conversation (from The Convergence Zone)
Tuesday, April 17, 6 p.m.
- Charles Tonderai Mudede (from The Convergence Zone)
Friday, April 30, 1:30 p.m.
- Lisa Jarnot: Poetics Talk. "Do You Agree or Disagree with Aristotle's Poetics?: On Forms and Emptiness." (from The Convergence Zone)
Tuesday, May 4, 6:00 p.m.
- Richard Chiem (from The Convergence Zone)
Friday, May 7, 1:30 p.m.
- John Englehardt (from The Convergence Zone)
Friday, May 21, 1:30 p.m.
- Uncraft 2: The Terror of Materials with Judith Goldman (from The Convergence Zone)
Thursday, June 3, 6 p.m.
Contact us at IASgrad@uw.edu