It is our mission in the MFA at OSU-Cascades to grow whole writers with healthy writing lives, guided by a mandate of: teaching student writers to be ethical, literary citizens engaged with issues of the larger world.

OSU-Cascades’ Low Residency MFA is a two-year 77 credit program comprised of four intensive ten-day residencies (with self-directed study and weekly workshop meetings as preparation) in June and November followed by three term-length individual mentorships and one thesis term. Individualized mentorships are conducted by nationally known writers in Winter and Summer sessions, allowing you to work closely with established writers to hone your craft. When not in residency, you’ll engage in self-directed study involving the generation of new work, revision, peer review and research. Our curriculum builds sustainable writing habits, develops skills needed to support a creative livelihood after graduation and creates an environment for taking imaginative risks. Our Low-Residency MFA was built using the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Hallmarks of an Effective Low-Residency Program.