Master On Campus

Creative Writing and Poetics

University of Washington Bothell

24 months
22738 USD/year
22738 USD/year
13008 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

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51 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A statement of intent (2 - 3 pages, double-spaced) articulating your goals in pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics. Please address how this program’s emphasis on poetics is a valuable mode of study for you and your creative work.
  • A writing sample (no more than ten pages of poetry; twenty pages of prose; or twenty pages total of a multi-genre submission.)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all prior academic work (college, university, technical school, etc.)
  • Two letters of recommendation, including at least one from a faculty member who can discuss your academic and writing abilities
  • A resume or curriculum vitae (c.v.)
  • Samples of multi-media or multi-art work if you would like to complement other pieces of the application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11369 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    22738 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11369 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    13008 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6504 USD per semester during 24 months.


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