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In the MFA in Creative Writing at OSU-Cascades, we teach our students the craft of writing and the history of literature. We also teach our students to be literary citizens. Our program is founded on the belief that the literary imagination tunes up our humanity. Thinking creatively makes people more intelligent, more sensitive, more emotionally mature, and ultimately more empathetic than they might otherwise be.
Our students are trained in sharing these skills — like empathy, respect for other points of view, flexible thinking, and critical thought — both on and off the page.
"In the MFA in Creative Writing at OSU-Cascades, we learn to practice our art-making as a spiritual extension of the body. To influence the art, the body must be influenced. Which is to say that a group of poets and writers who sing together, hike together, cook and eat together, who play games together, play guitars together, paint and run and watch the moon together—their art changes because their bodies, in proximity to other creative bodies, shed a thick layer of the something that has been telling them not to create or love or be. And they are left naked and vulnerable, taking in deep breaths of a communal air and communal creativity."