The Professional Practica

Professional Practicum Opportunities

As a student in the MFA at EWU, you’ll have the opportunity to serve in professional practica throughout the community. Whether you’re interested in poetry or teaching, we have something for you.

Writers in the Community

Writers in the Community is a project that places MFA students as creative writing teachers in public schools, alternative schools, hospitals, corrections facilities, factories, halfway houses, nursing homes, and other locations throughout the Spokane area. Founded in 1994 by faculty member Nance Van Winckel, the project encourages interchange between the university, the community, and the region, and it helps to share the mystery and power of creative writing.

For more information on Writers in the Community, please contact the Graduate Student Director at, or at 509.828.1488.

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Willow Springs

Willow Springs was founded in 1977 and has become an internationally-respected literary journal. Sponsors have included the National Endowment for the Arts, the GE Foundation, and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines, from which the journal earned the prestigious Citation of Excellence for Editorial Vision. Recent contributors include Alison Baker, Madeline DeFrees, Patricia Goedicke, Albert Goldbarth, Robert Hass, Michael Heffernan, Laura Kasischke, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lisel Mueller, Alberto Rios, Marilynne Robinson, Jess Walter, Robert Lopez, Robert Bly, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, and Michael Van Walleghen.

An integral part of the MFA program, Willow Springs offers students the opportunity for real editorial work and influence on the design and composition of the magazine, which is published twice yearly. For more information on Willow Springs, you can contact a staff member at, or at 509.828.1486.

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Literary Editing & Design

The professional practicum in Literary Editing through Willow Springs Books offers hands-on instruction in the craft and business of book publishing. On-the-job learning covers acquisitions, typography, cover design, copy editing, author interaction, printing, binding, marketing and advertising, promotion, publication law, and publishing house operation and structure. Members of the class will help to screen submissions to the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction competition, and will assist in the design, production, marketing and promotion of the winning entry, to be published each year by Willow Springs Books. The professional practicum also offers students the opportunity to assist in the planning and production of Spokane’s annual literary festival, Get Lit!, which occurs each year in April.

The secondary emphasis in literary editing and design consists of 15 or more credit hours drawn from internships with Willow Springs or the Literary Editing professional practicum, and from courses in design, editing, marketing, and desktop publishing. It is one of our most popular secondary emphases.

Send an email to the current student director of Willow Springs Books at, or leave a voice message at 509.828.1487.

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Get Lit! Programs

Get Lit! Programs is a non-profit organization that promotes community engagement in literature through an annual festival and ongoing educational outreach programs, such as Authors Tour, Writers-in-Residence, and Poetry Out Loud. The annual Get Lit! Festival brings dozens of acclaimed authors to Spokane for a week of readings, panel discussions, poetry slams, and other community events. Past festivals have featured authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Orlean, Tim O’Brien, David Sedaris, and Sarah Vowell.

Taking professional practicum credits with Get Lit! give students the opportunity to assist in the planning and production of the literary festival and events related to the outreach programs. A wide variety of positions are available, including Graphics Assistant, Marketing/Publicity Assistant, and Assistant Editor/Writer.  For more information about these and other positions, visit the Get Lit! website, telephone 509.828.1435, or send an email to

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Graduate Service Appointments

For students in their second year of study, four graduate service appointments (GSA) are available, one for each professional practicum—Managing Editor, Willow Springs; Managing Editor, Willow Springs Books; Programs Assistant, Get Lit! Programs; and Student Director, Writers in the Community. These appointments grant each recipient a full resident tuition waiver plus a monthly stipend. Learn more on our paying for school page.