Camp Casey Provides a Place for Writers

Camp Casey Provides a Place for Writers

More than 20 creative writers from Seattle Pacific University’s Master of Fine Arts program spent 10 days participating in their annual winter residency at Camp Casey in March.

They honed their skills, fine-tuned their projects, and honored the graduation of five of their classmates.

“For graduating students, the whole thing is kind of like a celebration,” said Nate Hoover, Assistant Director for the MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Throughout their studies, students in the creative writing program engage in a rigorous distance-learning program from the comfort of their homes across the country and then visit SPU two times each year. In addition to the graduate students, staff members, faculty and guest faculty stayed at Camp Casey’s Staff Quarters, Alumni House, Firehall, and even rented the entire Fort Casey Inn.

During the winter residency from March 14 through March 24, students listened to craft talks, listened to each other’s work, and interacted with mentors.

“I love to come to the beach and write,” said Julia Stevens, who attended the winter residency in her final year. “There couldn’t be a more idyllic setting for inspiration.”

“It’s the only MFA program that has a focus on faith,” Stevens, who lives and studies in Grand Rapids, Michigan, said of the SPU program.

Denver resident Claire Graber is starting her second year in the program. Her focus is writing short stories with themes of grief and death.

“I like that Camp Casey promotes community in our group,” Graber said. “This is our opportunity to be together.”

Cameron Brooks, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is in his second year of the program. He is writing about the geographic, cultural, and religious implications of the people living on the eastern and western sides of South Dakota. “The access to nature is inspiring,” Brooks said of Camp Casey.

“The landscape there is great to look out over the water and see the mountains,” Hoover said. “It’s a little more isolated and removed.”

Camp Casey Conference Center is the perfect location for an inspiring group getaway to Whidbey Island, Washington. Ideal for sports campschurch groupsoutdoor education camps, summer camps, and other nonprofit endeavors. Camp Casey provides overnight accommodations and food service for groups large and small. Discounts are available for Seattle Pacific University faculty, staff, and alumni. Fill out our inquiry form today to get the conversation started on rates, dates, and your next adventure at Camp Casey.