A Decade of Professional & Creative Writing at Central Washington University

Rooms 347-348, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Friday, March 10, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am


How can writing programs provide undergraduate and graduate students with cutting-edge, widely applicable job skills and feed their creative writing aspirations? By what means can programs increase equity, inclusion and access to remote and campus students? Faculty and students from the CWU Professional & Creative Writing BA and MA programs share innovations in program design, course development, faculty support, and multimodal expertise that have enabled them to thrive in challenging times.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_panel_outline_kw_main_doc_rev_2.pdf



Katharine Whitcomb is director of the online professional and creative writing MA program, and cofounded/directed the nationally ranked online professional and creative writing BA at Central Washington University. She's the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Daughter's Almanac.

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts (an interdisciplinary collaboration); Yesterday, the Bees; and Rust Fish. Her memoir manuscript, Raised by Ferns, is out on submission. Maya is Associate Prof. at Central Washington University and Affiliate Faculty for Western Colorado University.

Joshua Welsh earned his PhD in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication from the University of Minnesota in 2013. Since then, he has taught technical and professional writing courses in the English department at Central Washington University.

Karla Yaritza Maravilla is a CWU McNair fellow majoring in English language and literature with professional and creative writing, minoring in Spanish and Latin American studies. Her work appears in Poetry Northwest, and her manuscript Casa de Negro House of Black was a semi-finalist in Notre Dame's Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize.

Ali A. Ünal is a fiction writer from Turkey. He has an MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a PhD from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His essays and short stories have appeared in both Turkey and the US. He teaches creative writing at the Central Washington University.


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