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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 Colorado University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing. Our five innovative areas of study—Genre Fiction, Nature Writing, Poetry, Publishing, and Screenwriting—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 videoconferencing and online courses. Each July, all students take intensive courses that culminate in a one-week residency on Western’s beautiful campus. These residencies are packed full of exciting courses, inspirational workshops and lively social events.

Recognizing achievement

2021 graduate Teow Lim Goh reading from her MFA Thesis.

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

Fuhrman teaching at whiteboard

Western Instructor Named to Top Writer’s Honor

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GPCW growth

Graduate Program Pushes Caps on Enrollment During Pandemic

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CO Hall of Fame: Kevin J. Anderson

Western Professor Named to Authors’ Hall of Fame

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hybrid summer residency

Creative Writing Summer Residency to Offer Hybrid Experience

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new poetry and nature writing professor

CMarie Fuhrman Joins the Poetry and Nature Writing MFA Programs

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western anthology

Western Anthology Named Finalist in Colorado Book Awards

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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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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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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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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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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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GPCW Statement on Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity (DEI)

The Graduate Program in Creative Writing is committed to promoting values of diversity, equity and inclusivity in our programs. Read more about our mission to make our graduate programs a welcome and supportive environment for all students.

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Director

Tyson Hausdoerffer, Ph.D.

Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Program Support Coordinator

Corinne Sublette, B.A.

Program Support Coordinator

Campus Location

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

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Alumni Community

Alumni Community

We keep the Mountaineer spirit going strong within our alumni community. Whether getting together with friends at an annual event, making a donation or mentoring a student, graduates continue to play an important role in the Western community.