Founded in 2012, the OSU-Cascades Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing is an intimate program with an award-winning faculty and a stunning residency location. Our curriculum builds sustainable writing habits, strong craft foundations and the essential skills to become a critical and ethical reader and writer in a diverse literary world. Join a community that supports creative risk-taking and helps you develop the skills and mindset to center writing in your life beyond graduation.
Our approach offers flexibility, community and independence. Over two years, you will take challenging synchronous and asynchronous courses and participate in writing workshops guided by our philosophy of compassionate critique. Faculty mentorships are game-changing opportunities to hone your voice and your vision.
We were honored to welcome Kaui Hart Hemmings as a fall 2022 residency Distinguished Visiting Writer. Her first novel, "The Descendants" is a New York Times bestseller and was made into an Oscar-winning film directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney. She is also the author of a story collection, "House of Thieves," the novels "How to Party with an Infant" and "The Possibilities" and the YA novel "Juniors."
The MFA in Creative Writing at OSU in Corvallis has a long tradition of excellence. Recognizing the need to bring an outstanding education to students with different life stories, faculty on both campuses partnered to bring a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing to Central Oregon in 2012. Here in the OSU-Cascades low-residency MFA, we continue that tradition of excellence, growing creative writers with exemplary publication records, and a passion for loving this world, through art.