Creative Writing Resources

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MFA Program Funding Package

We offer a funding package to all admitted MFA students. The funding package includes a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a monthly stipend for two academic years, contingent on satisfactory academic progress and performance of duties. Funding includes a combination of teaching and fellowship quarters. During the teaching quarters, students will be responsible for teaching one class each quarter. Most classes will be in the composition program; there are a limited number of opportunities to teach an introductory creative writing class in their genre. During the fellowship quarters, the monthly stipend amount may be lower.

Grants and Prizes

The program administers over half a dozen scholarships and prizes for graduate and undergraduate students in creative writing. We also have a long-standing relationship with the Amazon Literary Partnership, which enables us to offer graduate student support. Please visit the Creative Writing Scholarships and Prizes page for more details.  

Conference Travel

Graduate students who are presenting at a conference are encouraged to apply for travel funding through the UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS).

Loans, Work-Study Eligibility, and other Financial Aid

Information is available through the following:

Office of Student Financial Aid
University of Washington
Box 355880
Seattle WA 98195-5880

Call 206-543-6101

 The Graduate School also maintains a page devoted to funding resources: How do I pay for graduate school?

Graduate Funding Information Service

The GFIS is a resource offered by the UW Libraries to help graduate students locate funding opportunities for graduate school related expenses, including tuition, research, conference and research travel.  Students can reach out to GFIS to schedule individual appointments or request information by email.


A Few Bookstores, Reading/Event Venues, and Gathering Spaces 

Classes and Workshops 

Work Opportunities 

Selected Washington Residencies 

Post-MFA Opportunities 

  • Hugo Fellowship: “The Hugo Fellowship supports emerging writers, providing space and resources to four to six fellows in the Seattle area to complete a proposed project. Projects include (but are not limited to) completing the first draft of a novel, developing a new memoir, or creating a chapbook of poetry.”
  • Hugo House Writers in Residence: “Since 1999, our writers-in-residence program has supported writers two-fold. The writers-in-residence themselves receive a monthly stipend and paid teaching opportunities, along with the time and space to complete a manuscript. The program also gives writers in Seattle an opportunity to receive writing guidance and advice by a published writer, free of charge. Writers-in-Residence are available September 15 – June 15.”
  • Jack Straw Writers Program: Founded “to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio; to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings; to encourage the  creation of new literary work; to present the writers and their work in live readings, an  anthology, on the web, and on the radio; and to build community among writers.” 
  • Writers in the Schools: Includes “placement in a public Puget Sound K-12 school for an  extended creative writing residency; professional development throughout the year, including  quarterly meetings with WITS peers, mentorship for new WITS Writers, and racial equity  training; inclusion in the Local Voices reading series, a reading by WITS Writers held three times a year at the Sorrento Hotel’s Fireside Lounge, publicized by Seattle Arts & Lectures;  and free tickets to all SAL events throughout the season.”