Writing the Rockies

Welcome to Writing the Rockies

Now in its 16th year, Writing the Rockies is the region's preeminent writers' conference. 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, students, published writers in all genres, editors, teachers, 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, lectures, seminars, readings, and special events that create an intense, collegial writers' community and retreat across four days.

Conference faculty are highly distinguished and have published in every genre imaginable, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screenwriting, journalism, criticism and scholarship, as well as having experience as editors, publishers and agents. In addition to enrolling in workshops or seminars and attending other events, participants can sign up for manuscript reviews and pitch sessions.

Participants can also earn college credit for attending the conference. For more information, contact Western's Extended Studies Program at (970) 943-2885, or 1-800-876-5309, ext. 7.

Register Now for Writing the Rockies

Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Application Information

Click here for MSS Critique Guidelines and Deadlines

Exciting News

We are deeply grateful to Phyllis Gottesfeld Knight of Denver, whose generosity enables us to offer several general registration scholarships to educators to attend the Poetry Symposium at the 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:
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