Twice annual, 10-day residencies for the MFA in creative writing program are held at Caldera, near Sisters, Ore.

Dec 29, 2016

Applications for the Oregon State University – Cascades Master of Fine Arts in creative writing are now being accepted for the 2017 spring and fall terms. Accepted students may start the low-residency program in either March or September 2017. 

Both the final deadline to apply for spring term, and the priority deadline to apply for fall are February 1. The final deadline to apply for fall term is April 1.

MFA students embark on a two-year, distance, flexible and individualized course of study with faculty author mentors, focusing on fiction, nonfiction or poetry writing. They join fellow students twice each year at Caldera Arts in the Cascades mountains for 10-day residences of writing workshops, craft salons, literature lectures and professional seminars.

The OSU-Cascades MFA in Creative Writing has produced award-winning students, including a Top 25 Finalist in the Glimmer Train Open Fiction Competition 2015, an Association of Writers & Writing Programs Intro Journals Project award winner, a National Endowment for the Humanities summer scholar, and an Outdoor Writers Association of America scholarship honoree.  Alumni published work has appeared in The Gambler, Iron Horse Literary Review and Toe Good.

Faculty authors and distinguished visiting writers in the MFA in Creative Writing program have included Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brooks and T. Geronimo Johnson, whose novel “Welcome to Braggsville” was longlisted for the 2015 National Book Award.

To learn more, visit or contact Emily Carr, director of the MFA program at or 541-322-2033.

About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and four graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism and outdoor leadership. OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in fall 2015; its new campus opened in fall 2016.