The Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program is unique in that it considers language as one among many available materials. Situated in a school of art and design known for its strong support of interdisciplinary practices, our program encourages experimentation within and across writing forms, genres, and mediums along with a variety of publishing formats to include print, digital, sound, performance, and text-image works. This is writing as studio art.
The program offers tracks in prose, poetry, cross-genre, and literary translation. Portland-based residencies in winter and summer are supplemented with mentor-based independent work throughout the rest of the year.
Jan 2 - 12
June 22 - July 2
PNCA’s Low-Residency Creative Writing Program receives generous support from Pacific Power and from the Collins Foundation.
An interview with Joanna Kaufman, 2021 Alumna of PNCA at Willamette’s Low Residency Creative Writing Program
Willamette University Alumna Claire Alongi worked as social media coordinator at PNCA@Willamette's Low-Residency Creative Writing MFA Program summer residency. Here is her response to this summer's residency.
Critical Studies student Justin Duyao speaks with LRCW faculty Vi Khi Nao.
In their new books, Jacqueline Keeler (Diné/Ihanktonwan Dakota) and Allison Cobb use personal narrative, historical research, and journalism to probe current conflicts and crises around racism, relations to the land, and pollution. Join them for a reading and conversation with Low-Residency MFA Creative Writing Program Director Jay Ponteri. You can attend the reading by Zoom:
To register, go here:
and it's also being live-streamed on PNCA's Youtube Channel.
Writing in Portland
Our annual residencies are in the heart of Portland, Oregon where we are deeply integrated into its community of artists and writers who have made a real commitment to making art that is revelatory, experimental, and that advocates for social justice.
The program draws upon our existing strong relationships with partners in our burgeoning Portland literary scene—including Write Around Portland (WRAP), IN TRANSLATION Reading Series, Literary Arts, Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC), Regional Arts & Cultural Council (RACC), Mother Foucault’s bookshop, Powell’s Books, Passages Bookshop, Poetry Press Week, Tender Table, Street Books, along with a host of local, regional, and national small presses, e.g., Tavern Books, Gramma Poetry, New Directions, Wave Books, Hawthorne Books, among others.
Thanks to a Collins Foundation Grant, we are able to fulfill our envisioning principle of encouraging equity in race, gender, and sexual identification/orientation in American literary culture.