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 2018 Quarter. Information will also be emailed to students but please check this page for the most up-to-date details.


Listservs: The listserv for your cohort has now been updated with all of your UW email addresses. The cohort-specific one (see my email) will be the listserv we use to communicate program information, class information, dates and deadlines, and more. If you wish to use this to communicate with your cohort-mates, you are welcome to do so, however please keep in mind that the Grad Office staff and the MFA Director, Jeanne Heuving, receive these emails. The first time you send an email to this list your email may be held for moderation causing a delay, but after that first time you should be all set. There is a second listserv that you’ve been added to (see my email) which is for both cohorts of MFA students.

Other Email Accounts:

  • Calls for Submission: We manage two additional email accounts that you will now begin to receive messages from. The first is “Calls for Submission”. We use this account to forward calls for submission from magazines, journals, websites, contests, etc. to the current MFA students and alumni. These forwards should not be considered endorsements from the MFA program, but simply notifications should you wish to submit your work.
  • Funding: The second email account we manage is “Funding”. From this email address you’ll receive notifications of funding opportunities both within and outside of UW. You may see scholarships, fellowships, internships, jobs, teaching posts, etc. from this email account. Some posts may be relevant for you while others may not be so use your own filters. 

Current Student Page: The Current Students page has now been updated! Thank you to those who sent in your information, it’s exciting to learn about our new cohort. I encourage you to take a look at the current student pages for the other two IAS graduate programs, too, Cultural Studies and Policy Studies, so that you can learn about the larger IAS grad network.

Relocation: If you are new to the Seattle area or are just moving closer to school, we encourage you to review our online Relocation Guide for information on housing, area neighborhoods, transportation options, dining and leisure, and more. We also have a great list of local organizations and groups you should check out.


Registration: Please be sure to register for BCWRIT 500 and BCWRIT 510 before September 26. 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.

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 26. 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 2017 Convergence will begin Saturday, September 20th and will go through Sunday, October 1st. 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 (more to be posted soon).

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017 late afternoon/early evening: Program Orientation (details TBD)
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017: last day to register for courses without incurring late fee
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017: first day of Autumn Quarter
  • Thursday, September 28, 2017  5:45 – 10:00 pm:  first meeting of BCWRIT 510 Poetics Seminar with Jeanne Heuving
  • Saturday, September 30 & Sunday, October 1, 2017: Fall Convergence (details TBD)
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2017  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.


You will need to register for two core classes for Autumn 2017: 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 documents:

  1. Autumn Quarter 2017 Registration Form (.pdf) for First Year Students
  2. Measles Immunity Verification form (.pdf) (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. 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 26, 2017, 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 $6,830 (10 credits of enrollment, $683 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

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.