OSU-Cascades’ Low Residency MFA is a two-year 77 credit program comprised of four intensive ten-day residencies (with pre-residency independent-study as preparation) in June and November followed by four term-length individual mentorships. Individualized mentorships are conducted by nationally known writers throughout the year, allowing students to work closely with established writers to hone their craft. When not in residency, students 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.

To complete the course of study for the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, the student’s record must indicate the following:

  • Full participation in four residency sessions
  • Successful completion of four mentorship quarters
  • A minimum accumulation of 77 graduate credits in the following categories:
    • 48 credits in Residency (WR 500)
    • 23 credits in Mentorship (WR 513)
    • 6 credits in Thesis (WR 503)
  • Broad reading in literature and contemporary letters, as evidenced by the critical introduction to the thesis and the annotated bibliography of 15-18 texts
  • A thesis manuscript of literary merit and publishable quality
  • Completion of oral examination, per graduate school guidelines

Fall Enrollment

 

September-October

November

December

January-March April-May June July-August
Year 1

Self-Directed Study
Pre-Residency Homework

Residency #1
12 credits
WR 500: Residency

Self-Directed Study

Mentorship #1
9 credits
WR 513: Mentorship
Self-Directed Study
Pre-Residency Homework
Residency #2
12 credits
WR 500: Residency
Mentorship #2
5 credits
WR 513: Mentorship
Year 2

Self-Directed Study
Pre-Residency Homework

Residency #3
12 credits
WR 500: Residency

Self-Directed Study

Mentorship #3
9 credits
WR 513: Mentorship
Self-Directed Study
Pre-Residency Homework
Residency #4
12 credits
WR 500: Residency
Mentorship #4
6 credits
WR 513: Mentorship

Spring Enrollment

 

April-May

June

July-August

September-October November December January-March
Year 1

Self-Directed Study
Pre-Residency Homework

Residency #1
12 credits
WR 500: Residency

Mentorship #1
7 credits
WR 513: Mentorship

Self-Directed Study
Pre-Residency Homework
Residency #2
12 credits
WR 500: Residency
Self-Directed Study Mentorship #2
9 credits
WR 513: Mentorship
Year 2

Self-Directed Study
Pre-Residency Homework

Residency #3
12 credits
WR 500: Residency

Mentorship #3
7 credits
WR 513: Mentorship

Self-Directed Study
Pre-Residency Homework
Residency #4
12 credits
WR 500: Residency
Self-Directed Study Mentorship #4
6 credits
WR 513: Mentorship