Creative writing explores the cultural, historical and interpersonal influence of the written word. A creative writing background provides a dynamic foundation for a career in teaching, grant writing, advertising, publishing and public relations.
Learn how to express yourself through creative writing.
Western Colorado University’s Creative Writing emphasis provides a supportive community of writers who collaborate rather than compete. In this environment, you’ll feel comfortable sharing your creative work and honing the skills needed to write original poetry, prose, scripts and stories. In the comprehensive curriculum, you’ll take a variety of courses including Media Writing, Scriptwriting and Literary Theory and Criticism.
At Western, you will also have a wide variety of opportunities to present, perform and practice your skills. Join the Wordhorde group, which hosts slam poetry and open mic nights poetry or work as a consultant in the Writing Center. Before you graduate, you’ll gain experience editing a literary anthology and preparing your own work for submission to magazines and publishers.
The skill of writing
Creative Writing graduates leave with hands-on experience in editing a literary anthology and preparing their own work for submission to magazines and publishers.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
|COM 241||Media Writing||3||View|
|COM 310||Introduction to Performance Studies||3||View|
|ENG 205||Introduction to Creative Writing||3||View|
|ENG 220||Grammar and the English Language||3||View|
|ENG 250||Critical Approaches to Literature||3||View|
|ENG 300||Creative Writing: Fiction||3||View|
|ENG 301||Creative Writing: Poetry||3||View|
|ENG 303||Creative Writing||3||View|
|ENG 305||Creative Writing: Non-Fiction||3||View|
|ENG 358||Global Literatures: Studies in: The Underworld||3||View|
|ENG 371||Literary Theory and Criticism||3||View|
|ENG 372||British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance Texts||3||View|
|ENG 373||British Literature: Milton through the Romantics||3||View|
|ENG 374||British Literature: The Victorians to the Present Day||3||View|
|ENG 384||American Literature Early to Civil War||3||View|
|ENG 385||American Literature-Civil War to Present||3||View|
|ENG 405||Advanced Writing||3||View|
|ENG 445||Literary Magazine Submission and Production||3||View|
|ENG 463||Major British Authors: Cont. Lit. & Film||3||View|
|ENG 464||Major American Authors:||3||View|
|ENG 493||Senior Seminar I: Studies in: Social Justice||3||View|
|ENG 494||Senior Seminar: Studies in: Planning Ahead||3||View|
Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.
Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.
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Alumni Association Future Alumni ScholarshipThe Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western. Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.
- This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
- Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
- GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).
Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:
- This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
- Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
- The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
- The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
- GPA must be 2.0 or above (high school or college of transfer).
The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.
Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship
The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.
Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).
- Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
- The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
- The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.
The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western's highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.
For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.
Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.
For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.
Expand your community and your network.
There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to grow personally and professionally.
- Contemporary Writer Series: Emerging and established literary artists visit campus and community venues.
- Playwriting: Script plays for the theatre program.
- Sigma Tau Delta: Join the international English honor society.
- Teaching Assistantships: Students help fellow students in challenging writing courses.
- Wordhorde: This group hosts slam poetry and fiction at open mic nights.
- Writing Center: Work as a writing consultant for the greater campus community.
Open mic night
WordHorde member Taj Butler discusses the background of her poem during MLK Open Mic Night.
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