About Wayne Ude

Wayne Ude
• Grew up in northcentral Montana, graduated from Harlem, Montana, High School as Valedictorian and still proud of it.

• Attended U of Montana in Missoula 1964-graduation in 69, which just happened to be the period when the MFA in creative writing was getting started with instructors like Richard Hugo, James Lee Burke, James Crumley, Madeline DeFrees and Earl Ganz; James Welch was one of the first MFA graduates. A great time to be an undergraduate taking workshops.

• Worked for Bear Paw Development (an Economic Development Administration project) in Havre, Montana, for a year, then became Executive Director of the Fort Belknap Reservation’s Community Action Program, 1970-71, adjacent to his home town of Harlem.

• MFA student at University of Massachusetts in Amherst starting in 1971; graduated in 1974.
• Executive Director Town of Amherst Council on Aging/Senior Citizens Center/Senior Transportation 1974-76.

• Colorado State University, 1976-84. Co-designer with Bill Tremblay of CSU MFA Program.

• Writer in Residence, Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University at Mankato) 1984-86.

• Visiting faculty, Lewis & Clark College, 1986-87.

• Faculty, Old Dominion University, 1988-93. Designer ODU MFA program.

• 1993, moved to Whidbey Island, Washington, and taught part-time at various community colleges.

• 1996 began teaching online for Writers Digest’s new online courses.

• 2002-3 designed low-residency MFA program for Whidbey Island Writers Association, later Northwest Institute of Literary Art.

• Program Director and Chief Academic officer, 2004-February 2016 when the Institute announced its closure.