This MFA program is fabulous. In fact, it is a bit of a coup.
Pulizer Prize-winning author, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
There is no comparable program in the country to this one, and
as a Christian and a writer who has published four books and numerous
essays and articles in the field of spirituality, I know there
is a desire and need for such a program.
Department of English
Florida International Univeristy
I appreciate the program's fundamental commitment to the canon of Western Christian literature, its opportunities for mentoring, its judicious blend of courses in literature and courses in craft.... I believe that Seattle Pacific University is strategically positioned, by way of its size, its reputation, its association with Image
, the strength of its English faculty, and the vitality of its campus life, to move forward in this way.
—Dr. James C. Schaap
Department of English
We've seen such a profusion, a baby-boom of MFA programs, but I don't know of any born from the need for literary excellence from a Christian foundation. Maybe the best measure for the need for this program is the fact that names keep popping in my mind people who would be a perfect match.
Florida State University
I'm impressed by the depth and breadth of the reading program
and by the broader principle that writing ought to be about something—not,
by any means, exclusively the concerns addressed by religion.
Writing ought to unashamedly grapple with creation and our place
in it. It strikes me that the low-residency aspect of the program
is a further advantage in this regard: it asks its writers
to remain rooted in their own communities rather than remove
themselves into some sort of hothouse of literary production.
Author, Love Among the Ruins
Your program is carefully constructed, attentive to the quality
of the diploma, and likely to attract an interested and talented
Author, Mariette in Ecstasy
For Seattle Pacific University to initiate the degree of Master of Fine Arts
is both a major step forward for the University and a natural outgrowth of its
ongoing program to penetrate and influence culture.... SPU will make a substantial
contribution to Christian community, which badly needs encouragement in the arts
as an expression of our Creator's mandate to create in his image.
—Luci N. Shaw
Author, Writer in Residence