Creative Writing and Poetics, Master | University of Washington Bothell | Bothell, United States
24 months
709 USD/credit 18079 USD/year
709 USD/credit 18079 USD/year
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The Creative Writing and Poetics of 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 Creative Writing and Poetics of the University of Washington Bothell 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.

Program Highlights

  • 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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Writing Workshop: Between Prose and Poetry
  • Poetics Seminar: Cultural Change and Writing
  • Writing Workshop: Between Fact and Imagination
  • Poetics Seminar: Writers’ Research 
  • Poetics Seminar: Art, Technology, Practice
  • Writing Workshop: Processes of Thinking and Memory 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Priority Deadline for Autumn is February 1. After priority deadline, the MFA will continue to welcome applications on a space-available basis. 


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • upload your application materials (see list below)
  • designate recommenders
  • pay the application fee ($85), and
  • submit all materials for review.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18079 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 709 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    18079 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 709 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • There is no tuition/fee differential for Washington state residents and non-residents,.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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