The Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing program at the University of Idaho is an intense, three-year course of study that focuses on the craft of writing. The curriculum provides practical training in fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, as well as the chance to work with our literary journal, Fugue
Our program is small by design; graduate workshops generally have 10 to 15 students enrolled. While we require applicants to commit to one particular genre, we encourage students to “cross-pollinate” and to push themselves in new directions. Our award-winning faculty is committed to teaching; you’ll see them in the classroom, in the halls, and at student readings.
An integral part of the MFA program is the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series. Each year, the program hosts three writers of national significance to campus. These DVWs lead a focused, one-week workshop during their stay.
As part of our unique partnership with the PEN-Hemingway Foundation, each year we host the Hemingway Festival. The festival brings in the PEN-Hemingway winner, along with other writers and industry leaders, for a week of readings, socials and workshops.
We’re located in Moscow, ID, a university town located within the beautiful Palouse hills. An independent bookstore, numerous art galleries, an art movie house, multiple coffee shops and local restaurants line the streets. The town is wholly committed to the arts; in fact, many of our readings and special events take place in town. It’s a healthy, friendly and cheap place to live.
Feel free to contact program director, Bret Shepard, if you have further questions.