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.

Renowned poets discuss nature, injustice at Ars Poetica

Renowned poets discuss nature, injustice at Ars Poetica 

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke joins MFA faculty members for a virtual reading and talk April 28.

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David Axelrod (Poetry/Nonfiction/Director) David Axelrod’s ninth collection of poems is Years Beyond the River (Terrapin Books 2021), and his second collection of nonfiction is The Eclipse I Call Father: Essays on Absence (Oregon State University Press 2019). Axelrod wrote the introduction, “My Interests Are People,” for About People: Photographs by Gert Berliner, which appeared in the summer of 2018 from Arts […]

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Admission Requirements The application period for the EOU low residency MFA is October 15th, 2021 through March 30, 2022. Accepted students must signal their intention to commit to program by April 30, 2022, 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 environmental program within the low residency MFA seeks to empower students to explore those crucial relations in a connected world. Learn More

Application period opens October 15, 2022

Priority application deadline: February 1, 2023

Rolling review of applications (contingent on space) until May 1, 2023

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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.

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Contact Info

David Axelrod
MFA Director
Phone: 541-962-3633
E-mail: daxelrod@eou.edu
Auburn Isaak
College Office Specialist
Phone: 541-962-3859
E-mail: isaakar@eou.edu