The UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics constitutes a laboratory where diverse aspects of writing are explored and developed. While some students elect to concentrate on traditional genres, others engage artistic experimentation or diverse professional applications. Given how emerging technologies and changing social and cultural formations will have profound and unforeseeable effects on our ways of communicating in the twenty-first century, the UW Bothell program allows for ongoing program development that is responsive to the complex needs and interests of its students.
The creative writing workshops, through a combination of directed and open-ended writing assignments, have students engage these contents in their creative work, and the poetics seminars present challenging cultural perspectives, utilizing the work of creative writers and cultural theorists and critics. The MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at UW Bothell encourages students to consider just what kind of writing they want to do; the significance of written forms within larger cultural, social, and political contexts; and changing modes of writing given new media applications. In their second year, some students may wish to develop their creative writing thesis within a specific genre, creating a fiction or a poetry manuscript, for example. All students are expected to investigate at least two genres and/or media during their first year of courses and to write a self-reflective paper on poetics as part of their thesis credits.