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Creative Writing

The Creative Writing program at Eastern Washington University offers full curricula in fiction, literary non-fiction and poetry.

Deadline for Application

Feb 17, 2017

Special Program Requirements

Graduate Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit a writing sample consisting of 10-15 pages of poetry or 15-25 pages of prose, a completed application form, an 800-word letter stating the applicant's reasons for pursuing the MFA, and two letters of recommendation. All writing samples must include current contact information. Applications to the program are accepted throughout the academic year, space permitting. The bulk of our applications are received before February 17, 2017, (postmark deadline for assistantships, see below for more information) for acceptance to the following academic year.

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Follow the Graduate Admission Procedures through Eastern Washington University's Graduate Studies Office and submit a $50 application fee.

             Eastern Washington University
             Graduate Studies Office
             206 SHW
             Cheney, WA 99004
  2. To be considered for Financial Aid, file the standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  3. Submit one official copy of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the Graduate Studies Office. Students who have obtained their undergraduate degrees from Eastern Washington University do not need to request their transcripts.
  4. Students from non-English speaking countries must present a TOEFL score of 580 or its equivalent to the Graduate Studies Office.
  5. Submit a Graduate Admission Essay, writing sample (include current contact information on all writing samples), and two letters of reference to:
             Eastern Washington University
             Creative Writing Program
             668 N. Riverpoint Blvd #259
             Spokane, WA 99202-1677 
  6. Submit Graduate Service Appointment (GSA) Application to the Creative Writing Program office to be considered for a Teaching Assistantship.

More information on teaching assistantships:

As also explained in our Fellowships and Financial Aid section, teaching assistantships are available for incoming students. These appointments award the recipient with a full, in-state tuition waiver and monthly stipend. To apply you must complete a Graduate Service Appointment (GSA) Application and have a complete program application file before February 15 (postmark deadline) for the following academic year. Applicants for teaching assistantships, in addition to the Graduate Admission Essay, must also write a brief letter in which they describe their interest in and prior experience with teaching. Teaching assistantships are awarded after February 15th for the following year. No applicant can be considered for a teaching assistantship until all required material has been received. Note especially that in order for the department to receive the GRE scores by February, applicants must take the GRE no later than the previous December.

Contact Information

Greg Spatz
Riverpoint One Building
Spokane WA

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