Willow Springs

Willow Springs literary journal is housed on the Eastern Washington University campus. We are in our 26th year of publication and have published writers such as Michael Heffernan, Beckian Fritz-Goldberg, Robert Hass, Tomaz Solamun, Tobias Wolff, Jorge Luis Borges, Bret Lott, Denise Levertov, Sam Hamill, Naomi Shiab Nye, Alice Derry, Jim Daniels, Paulann  Peterson, Yusef Kumunyakaa, Osip Mandelstam, WS Merwin, Patricia Henley, Louis Jenkins, Thomas Reiter, Thomas Lux, Tom Crawford, William Stafford, Robert Olmstead, James Grabill, Mark Halliday, Bill Tremblay, D. Nurkse, Elizabeth Murawski, along with hundreds of other authors from around the world.

Information about the M.F.A. at Eastern Washington University



Eastern Washington University
Creative Writing Program

The Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University is located in Spokane, Washington, the second largest city in Washington and home to approximately eighty organizations representing the literary, visual, performing, and musical arts.

Students may obtain Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing or a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Creative Writing. The program offers writing workshops, literary studies, and form and theory courses in poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Individual thesis instruction makes up close to twenty-five percent of the coursework at the graduate level. 

Writing workshops are purposefully small and enable students to hone their writing skills through instruction and peer feedback and critique. The program sponsors several readings annually by distinguished writers. Recent guests include Patricia Hampl, Tomaz Salamun, Linda Bierds, Thomas Lux, Alison Baker, James Welch, Valerie Martin, John Edgar Wideman, Dorianne Laux, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Samantha Chang. Each year several writing workshops are taught by one or more of our guests, providing students with valuable guidance and advice.

The Inland Northwest Center for Writers fosters creativity, diversity, and individual style, allowing students to fully explore their visions of writing, publishing, and teaching. Students have opportunities to give public readings at local bookstores, coffee shops, taverns, and clubs. Internships are available in EWU's literary journal, Willow Springs, and with the EWU Press, providing valuable editing and publishing experience.

Creative Writing graduate students also participate in Writers in the Community, a program in which they visit area schools, correctional facilities, shelters, and other community organizations as volunteer creative writing teachers. This program makes creative writing accessible to the public and provides EWU students with teaching experience and promotes community awareness.

The Writing Faculty at Eastern Washington University:

Jennifer Davis
Christopher Howell
Jonathan Johnson
John Keeble
Natalie Kusz
Gregory Spatz
Nance Van Winckel

Selected Student Work:

Ginger Buchholz

Emily Van Kley

Digging Up Bones
Sarah Coomber

Marriage Marks
Stephanie Farris

The Knotting Bee
Amy McCann


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