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 Writer’s at Wallowa Lake near Joseph, Oregon, we strive to create a truly one-of-its-kind literary experience for our students.

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.


Core Faculty Includes:

Poetry: David Axelrod, Jennifer Boyden, James Crews, Christopher Howell Fiction: Barry Kitterman, Megan Kruse, James Stolen Nonfiction: Justin Hocking, Jodi Varon Wilderness Writing: David Axelrod, Justin Hocking, James Stolen

Program Type

202 Ackerman School One University Blvd. La Grande OR 97850

Submission Guidelines

10-15 pages of poetry; 15-20 pages of fiction or non-fiction.

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