Writing the Rockies

Welcome to Writing the Rockies

Now in its 16th year, Writing the Rockies is one of the region's preeminent writers' conferences. It takes place each year during the last long weekend of July, in cooperation with Western's low-residency Graduate Program in Creative Writing.

The conference welcomes beginners, published writers, and anyone else who believes in the magic and power of the written word.

Set in the beautiful Gunnison Valley of the central Colorado Rockies on the campus of Western State Colorado University, the conference offers a wide range of workshops designed to provide valuable learning tools in an inspiring setting.

Workshop faculty members have a broad range of published works, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, magazine article writing, as well as industry publishing experience. Working with participants of all levels, our featured faculty will help writers hone their craft through workshops and will mix with participants during events outside of formal sessions. Talk at leisure to our scheduled agents and book publishers, or sign up for pitches.

Earn college credit for attending the conference. Contact Western's Extended Studies Program at (970) 943-2885, or 1-800-876-5309, ext. 7.

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Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Application Information

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Exciting News

We are deeply grateful to Phyllis Gottesfeld Knight of Denver, whose generosity enables us to offer five scholarships to educators to attend the Poetry Symposium which is part of the WtR conference. Click here for details.


Faculty & Staff


Director of Genre Fiction Concentration
BA, University of Wisconsin; MFA, National University
Phone: 970.943.2025
Office Location:
Visiting Professor in the Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing
BA, University of California; MA, Iowa State University; PhD, Ball State University
Office Location:
Director of Screenwriting Concentration
BA, University of Delhi; MA, Wake Forest University; MFA, Loyola Marymount University;
Phone: 970.943.3016
Office Location:
Grad Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts Inst
BA, California College of Arts and Crafts; MFA in Popular Fiction, University of Southern Maine; MFA in Painting, Lone Mountain College;
Phone: 970.943.2025
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208
Director of Graduate Program in Creative Writing; Director of Poetry Concentration
AB, Harvard University; MA, University of Utah; PhD, New York University;
Phone: 970.943.2058
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222B
Professor of English
BA, MA, Eastern New Mexico University; PhD, Texas Tech University.
Phone: (970) 943-2016
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208G