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 provides you the opportunity to hone your craft, discover new talents in a safe and supportive environment and expand your personal and professional network to accelerate your career.

Pursue your dream of becoming a published author.

If you’re looking to get serious about your writing and you’re eager to refine your craft, elevate your art, and inspire the world, then you’ll find your niche in Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing. By pursuing an MFA or M.A. in Creative Writing you can do all of this and more. Our dedicated faculty of award-winning writers will ensure that you achieve your full potential as a professional writer.

Current students have the option to continue their graduate experience by pursuing a second concentration following the completion of their first M.A./MFA degree. To be considered, a student must be in good academic standing and submit an application by March 1st.

Recognizing achievement

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

Additional Resources

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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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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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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News & Research

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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Western Announces New Director of Genre Fiction

Western Announces New Director of Genre Fiction

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Western hires new Director of Poetry Concentration for Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Western hires new Director of Poetry Concentration for Graduate Program in Creative Writing

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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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Western hires world-renowned novelist and publisher

Western hires world-renowned novelist and publisher

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Department Information

Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Director

Tyson Hausdoerffer, Ph.D.

Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Office Support Coordinator

Michelle Wilk

Program Support Coordinator

Contact Information

970.943.2163

mwilk@western.edu

Campus Location

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