MFA Funding and Support

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to outstanding graduate students at the time they are admitted to the program. Some additional teaching assistantships are available to students entering their second year. In their first year, TAs teach one composition course each quarter under the supervision of the Director of Expository Writing. In their second year, these students have the opportunity to teach the introductory course in their genre under the supervision of the Director of Creative Writing. Students must be admitted to the graduate program to be considered for a TA appointment, but incoming students are eligible to apply at the same time they submit their other application materials in January. Teaching assistants earn a stipend plus a tuition waiver and student health, dental, and vision insurance.

Grants and Prizes

In addition to the Loren D. Milliman Scholarship which currently pays tuition and a stipend and the Edith K. Draham Scholarship which pays $4000, the program administers over half a dozen other scholarships and prizes for graduate and undergraduate students in creative writing. We also receive CW Program support from the Amazon Literary Partnership Award, which enables us to offer graduate student support as both fellowships and prizes. 

Work-Study Assistantships and other Financial Aid

These are available through the University's Financial Aid Office, 106 Schmitz Hall, Box 5880, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195-5880; (206) 543-6101.

Writers in the Schools (WITS)

Run in conjunction with Seattle Arts & Lectures, this program allows one or more MFA students to teach creative writing in the Seattle Public Schools. Students receive a stipend and elective credits.


Past MFA students have helped grade papers for undergraduate literature classes.


The Seattle Review is the literary journal associated with the Creative Writing Program. Appearing twice yearly, it publishes poetry, fiction, memoir, literary essays, and special features devoted to the life and work of a single author. Each year, a second year MFA student works as coordinating editor for the magazine. This position currently earns a stipend plus a tuition waiver. Other MFA students have the opportunity to serve as fiction readers.