Why Creative Writing & Poetics?

Writing Changes

This MFA poses the central question of poetics: Why do we write how we write? It inquires into the social, cultural, and technological aspects of writing, and asks: 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 the pursuit of creative writing?

Program Highlights

  • One of the few MFA degrees that encourages a cross genre and multi-media curriculum
  • Its nationally and internationally renowned faculty includes visual artists and creative writers
  • Students can pursue their second year as residency or non-residency students, or a hybrid of both
  • The emphasis on poetics promotes a lively inquiry into creative writing in a rapidly changing society
  • This MFA, located in the greater metropolitan Seattle area, has ready access to a wide range of writing resources and events as well as small presses