Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Master of Arts in Creative Writing

Degree Type

Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts

Department

Graduate Program in Creative Writing

At the heart of everything is a great story. An advanced degree in creative writing at Western Colorado University provides you the opportunity to hone your craft, elevate your art and inspire the world. Join our welcoming and inclusive community and become the writer you are meant to be.

Program Overview

Pursue your dream of becoming a published author.

If you’re looking to get serious about your writing and you’re eager to join a thriving and diverse community of writers, then you’ll find your niche in Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing. Our five innovative areas of study—Genre Fiction, Screenwriting, Poetry, Nature Writing, and Publishing—offer cutting-edge courses, and our dedicated faculty of award-winning writers will ensure that you achieve your full potential as a writer.

Our low-residency model makes a graduate education accessible. During the academic year, students work closely with faculty and fellow students through online courses. Each July, all students attend a two-week residency on Western’s beautiful campus. These residencies are packed full of rigorous instruction, inspirational workshops and lively social events.

Recognizing achievement

Dr. Abel Chavez delivers a speech during the Graduate Program in Creative Writing graduation reception.

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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News & Research

new nature writing faculty

Nature Writing Concentration Welcomes New Faculty

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Weiden

New Faculty in GPCW Nature Writing Concentration

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Newly Published Anthology

Western’s Publishing Grad Students Release First Anthology

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Mountaineer Media visits Telluride for film festival

Mountaineer Media visits Telluride for film festival

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Nature Writing MFA names new director

Nature Writing MFA names new director

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New York Times publishes op-ed by Western’s Genre Fiction Director

New York Times publishes op-ed by Western’s Genre Fiction Director

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Genre Fiction Director, Fran Wilde

Western Announces New Director of Genre Fiction

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Western announces new Nature Writing MFA

Western announces new Nature Writing MFA

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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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Learning in the dark: Celluloid Cinema makes watching old movies that new thing

Learning in the dark: Celluloid Cinema makes watching old movies that new thing

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Additional Resources

Admission Requirements & Application

Admission Requirements & Application Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing considers applications in four waves throughout the year: Early Admissions, from July 1 through November …

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees MFA Full-time enrollment in the MFA extends over 25 months, spanning four non-residency semesters and three Summer Residencies. Students may also attend half-time or take a leave of …

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Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships & Financial Aid Scholarships The GPCW is deeply committed to raising funds to support our students. Each year we offer substantial direct-funding scholarships. The GPCW is currently …

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Summer Residency

The highlight of our academic year is the Summer Residency, held each July on Western’s beautiful campus in Gunnison, Colorado.

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FAQs

How can a low-residency format create a sense of community among students and faculty?…

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Publications

Publications in the Creative Writing Graduate Program Explore the publications below to discover the depth and breadth of Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing: Think Journal Christine …

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Department Information

Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Director

Tyson Hausdoerffer, Ph.D.

Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Program Support Coordinator

Corinne Sublette

Program Support Coordinator

Contact Information

970.943.2163

csublette@western.edu

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Quigley Hall 117
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231