Creative Writing Program

The Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon is a two-year, fully-funded residency in which Master of Fine Arts (MFA) students concentrate in either poetry or fiction. The program emphasizes the workshop, integrating concentrated time for writing with craft seminars and individualized reading tutorials.  Each year we invite six writers for our Reading Series: recently we’ve hosted Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Elizabeth McCracken, and Justin Torres on the fiction side; in poetry, Ocean Vuong, Solmaz Sharif, and Robin Coste Lewis.    

We offer two tracks for undergraduate study: a minor in Creative Writing, with workshops, seminars, and literature courses, as well as the Walter and Nancy Kidd Creative Writing Workshops, a unique yearlong studio experience in which students pursue their passion for creative writing in small classes with the support of peers and a graduate mentor. Follow us on Instagram to learn more about our program.

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Creative Writing News and Events

July 31, 2023
CREATIVE WRITING, PHILOSOPHY - Two professors — Garrett Hongo and Colin Koopman — have been named 2023 Presidential Fellows in Arts and Humanities. They'll use the funding to work on book projects.
June 8, 2023
CREATIVE WRITING - Undergrads Cecelia Gibbons and Phillip Chan won the annual Walter and Nancy Kidd Memorial Writing Competition in Poetry and Fiction. “They made our judges’ job very difficult with so many worthy entries,” said Kidd Program Director Brian Trapp. “It just speaks to the immense creative powers of our students as both storytellers and poets.”
April 14, 2023
COMICS & CARTOON STUDIES, CREATIVE WRITING, ENGLISH - The UO professor and Philip H. Knight Chair of Humanities in the Creative Writing Program will share how he’s been able to accomplish what he’s done so far, and the factors underlying the keys to its success, in an April 24 talk.

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Black Joy Sessions: Finding Joy Within
May22
Black Joy Sessions: Finding Joy Within May 22 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC
May22
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC May 22 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Moira Fradinger. Speaker Series: Mafia, The Cultures of Narcotraffic.
May22
Moira Fradinger. Speaker Series: Mafia, The Cultures of Narcotraffic. May 22 Fenton Hall
Speaker Series: Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic
May22
Speaker Series: Mafias and the Cultures of Narcotraffic May 22 Fenton Hall
Cintia Martínez Velasco. Speaker Series. Mafia: The Cultures of Narcotraffic.
May22
Cintia Martínez Velasco. Speaker Series. Mafia: The Cultures of Narcotraffic. May 22 Fenton Hall
Reading Series - Maurice Ruffin
May22
Reading Series - Maurice Ruffin May 22 Knight Library
Undergraduate Research Symposium
May23
Undergraduate Research Symposium May 23
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group
May23
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group May 23 Carson Hall, Ramey Room
"Jobs and Universities: A Tale of Two Futures"
May23
"Jobs and Universities: A Tale of Two Futures" May 23 Knight Library
Cinema Studies Presents: Screening of "Race to Survive: New Zealand” and Q&A with Emmy Award-winning Television Series Producer Jeff Conroy
May23
Cinema Studies Presents: Screening of "Race to Survive: New Zealand” and Q&A with Emmy Award-winning Television Series Producer Jeff Conroy May 23 Lawrence Hall

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What You Can Do with a Creative Writing Degree

Our alumni have a long history of success with publishing, translation, fellowships, and prizes. Recent graduates have received Wallace Stegner Fellowships, the Dylan Thomas Award (University of Wales), the Amy Lowell Scholarship, the Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and other honors. Many of our graduates have launched successful careers working for:

  • Newspapers, magazines, and book publishers
  • Media companies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Marketing and advertising agencies
  • Research institutes
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How a Creative Writing MFA Enhances Your Life

“My time in the MFA was incredibly enriching for both my work and my life. The program's dual commitments to the tradition and our own individual sensibilities proved invaluable for me. The lessons learned therein continue to inform and instruct my poetry as well as my living.”

—Loїc-Aime-Mulatris, MFA in poetry, '21

Our Degree Programs

Students in the Creative Writing Program can pursue a minor or an MFA. We also offer Kidd Workshops, a unique studio experience in which students workshop their creative work in small classes with the support of peers and a graduate mentor.

Undergraduate Degrees
 
Graduate Degrees
 
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Develop as a Literary Artist

Deepen your intellectual life and expand your writing skills within a community of like-minded peers in our Kidd Workshops, and hear from award-winning writers in our annual Reading Series.

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Learn from Experts in the Field

Our faculty comprises award-winning authors and poets, including Pushcart Prize winners, National Endowment for the Arts recipients, and honorees of the Walt Whitman and O. Henry awards. In addition to a broad range of novels, nonfiction books, and poetry collections, their work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, Best American Short Stories, and many other venues.

Scholarships and Funding

The Creative Writing Program offers awards for both undergraduate and graduate students. Our MFA program fully funds students during their two-year residency program.

Undergraduate Scholarships  
Graduate Funding

Academic Support

Our academic advisors can help students understand their major or minor requirements, plan their course of study, explore study abroad opportunities, and more.

Undergraduate Advising  
Support for Graduate Students