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Master of Fine Arts

Creative and Environmental Writing

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Unique, affordable, and rigorous, the Eastern Oregon University low residency MFA in Creative Writing is where your writing practice and intellectual curiosity will find a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive community of writers.

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David Axelrod (poetry) David Axelrod is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently, The Open Hand and Folly, both from Lost Horse Press, as well as two collection of essays, Troubled Intimacies: A Life in the Interior West, and The Eclipse I Call Father: Essays on Absence, both published by Oregon State University […]

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS The application period for the EOU low residency MFA is November 1, 2020 through March 30, 2021. Accepted students must signal their intention to commit to program by April 30, 2021, with a $500.00 deposit. The Master of Fine Arts degree requires two types of admission: (a) Admission to Eastern Oregon University with […]

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Each summer, MFA students attend the Summer Fishtrap Gathering, participating in generative writing workshops, readings, panels, lectures, conversations, and more. The week-long conference has provided hundreds of writers the opportunity to work with the best western instructors and authors such as Ursula K LeGuin, Luis Urrea, David James Duncan, Bill Kittredge, and Cheryl Strayed to […]

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Tuition & Fees

We are committed to being the best value for a low residency creative writing MFA in the west. Click "learn more" below for more details on tuition, fees, and financial assistance. Learn More

Course of Study

EOU offers a traditional genre-based two-year low residency program that requires 60 credits of course work, including two 14-day summer residencies followed each year by online mentorship on writing projects. Learn More

Environmental Writing

EOU’s one-of-its-kind creative and enviormental program within the low residency MFA seeks to empower students to explore those crucial relations in a connected world. Learn More

Application period opens November 1, 2020 – March 30, 2021

At Eastern Oregon University, we share a core belief that creative individuals are an under-appreciated and under-used resource. The creative makers among us have much to offer their communities and we commit ourselves therefore to fostering that creativity. It is our belief, too, that finding community-based solutions to the real problems communities face can and should be a collaboration in which the creativity of artists and writers play vital, enduring roles for enriching the lives of all. The Grande Ronde Valley and nearby Wallowa Valley are gateways to Eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains and Oregon’s largest wilderness, the Eagle Cap Wilderness, which provide an exceptional resource for student writers enrolled in our Wilderness, Ecology, and Community program. In collaboration with our program partner, the Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers at Wallowa Lake near Joseph, Oregon, we strive to create a truly one-of-its-kind literary experience for our students.

Contact Info

Auburn Isaak
College Office Specialist Phone: 541-962-3859
E-mail: isaakar@eou.edu
David Axelrod
MFA Director
Phone: 541-962-3633
E-mail: daxelrod@eou.edu
Kerry Bullard
College Operations Manager
Phone: 541-962-3097
Email: kbullard@eou.edu
Miranda Johnson
College Advisor
Phone: 541-962-3060
Email: mrjohnson@eou.edu