The Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at the University of Idaho is an intensive, three-year course of study offering degree tracks in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Our program is young but robust, and we are immensely proud of the features that set us apart. These include a rich variety of studio and academic course offerings (including unique long-form fiction and nonfiction classes), cross-genre and interdisciplinary opportunities, internships and editorial positions with Fugue literary journal, and our Distinguished Visiting Writer series, which brings two eminent writers to campus each year for a week of craft talks, readings and master classes. Past Distinguished Visiting Writers include the likes of Charles Baxter, Lia Purpura, Mark Doty, David Foster Wallace, Stephen Dunn, Gary Soto, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Kathy Acker, Carolyn Forche, Terry Tempest Williams, Ann Beattie, Dorianne Laux and Robert Boswell.
Situated just west of Moscow Mountain amid the rolling hills of the Palouse, our location in the charming university town of Moscow, Idaho, boasts a lively and artistic local culture. Complete with independent bookstores, coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants and breweries, (not to mention a historic art house cinema, organic foods co-op, and truly exceptional seasonal farmer’s
market), Moscow is a friendly, progressive and affordable place to live. Outside of town, we’re lucky to have many opportunities for hiking, biking and general exploring—from nearby Idler’s Rest and Kamiak Butte to renowned destinations like Glacier National Park. As for more urban getaways, Spokane, Washington, is only a ninety-minute drive, and our regional airline, Alaska Air, makes daily flights to and from Seattle that run just under an hour.
THE FINE PRINT
That our program is rigorous should certainly be noted. That it is also intended to foster an intimate, supportive and collaborative community is perhaps the most important feature of all. Small by design, the University of Idaho Creative Writing program is limited to approximately 30 students across all three genres. Each year, we welcome approximately 9-12 students total in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, all of whom will complete a set of core requirements (including five graduate-level writing workshops, five graduate-level literature courses, one Techniques course, one internship credit with Fugue literary journal and two Distinguished Visiting Writer credits). The degree culminates with a thesis of publishable quality (approximately 90-110 pages of prose or 48 pages of poetry), to be defended in the spring of each candidate’s third and final year in the program.
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