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.

Program Overview

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.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
COM 241 Media Writing 3 View
COM 306 Scriptwriting 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

Careers

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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Scholarships

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 Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

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.

News & Research

New partnership helps Red Rocks Community College students earn accelerated master’s degrees

New partnership helps Red Rocks Community College students earn accelerated master’s degrees

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Western Announces New Director of Genre Fiction

Western Announces New Director of Genre Fiction

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Poetry reading to spotlight Mark Todd, Natalie Giarratano

Poetry reading to spotlight Mark Todd, Natalie Giarratano

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Award-winning author Helen Thorpe to speak on campus

Award-winning author Helen Thorpe to speak on campus

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Community invited to campus author presentation

Community invited to campus author presentation

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BSA hosts Black History Month cultural events, featuring poet Kai Davis

BSA hosts Black History Month cultural events, featuring poet Kai Davis

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Western adding new minors, emphases to curriculum for 2018-19

Western adding new minors, emphases to curriculum for 2018-19

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Get Involved

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.

Department Chairperson

Jack Lucido, MFA

Professor of Communication Arts, Director of Film Studies, Chair of CALL Department

Administrative Assistant

Cindy Petito

Administrative Assistant II

Contact Information

970.943.2025

970.943.2028

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Taylor Hall 216
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231