Writing the Rockies Annual Conference

Courses

Welcome to the 18th Annual Writing the Rockies Conference
Wednesday, July 19 -- Sunday July 23, 2017

"Something happened to literature over the last couple of hundred years that pulled it apart into sub-genres, fragments, refined technical or theoretical jargons, specialized subject areas, social and political enclaves--and divided the rough consensus that held together the audiences of Dante, Shakespeare, Goethe and Melville. Writing the Rockies is a blazingly imaginative and very successful essay at bringing it all back together. In the spectacular valley of the Gunnison each summer some of the best conversations about literature in all its forms are going on, together with a new perspective on our civilization and a very old pleasure in the beauty of the word." Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas


Now in its 18th 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 as part of Western's low-residency Graduate Program in Creative Writing, and like that program offers events in poetry, genre fiction, screenwriting for film & TV, publishing and creative nonfiction.

The conference is co-sponsored by Western's Department of Communication Arts, Language and Literature and 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. The conference includes a book fair featuring hundreds of titles by the speakers and presenters.

Conference faculty are highly distinguished and have published in every genre imaginable, including fiction, creative nonfiction, 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.

Please go here to see the full conference schedule.

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Non-Matriculated Credit Options for "Writing the Rockies"

Most participants attend the conference as a free-standing event, but undergraduate and graduate students who are not enrolled in Western's Graduate Program in Creative Writing may apply to earn credit for attendance through Western's Division of Extended Studies. Undergraduates can earn degree-seeking credit. Students with an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution can earn non-degree graduate-level credits in “ENG 510,” which is run through Western's Summer Teacher Institute, administered by Western's Extended Studies Office. Additional fees apply.

Certified public school teachers may also apply to earn credits towards recertification or professional development.

For more information click here, or contact Western's Extended Studies Program at 1-800-876-5309 , ext. 7, or ExtendedStudies@western.edu.

 

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Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Application Information

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Director of Genre Fiction Concentration
BA, University of Wisconsin; MFA, National University
Phone: 970.943.2025
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Visiting Professor of Genre Fiction
BA, Scripps College; MFA, Western State Colorado University; MA, Hebrew Union-College-Jewish Institute of Religion;
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Grad Creative Writing MFA Inst
BA, Rutgers University; MSt, Oxford University; PhD, Oxford University
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Director of Screenwriting Concentration
BA, University of Delhi; MA, Wake Forest University; MFA, Loyola Marymount University;
Phone: 970.943.3016
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Grad MFA Capstone Advising
BA, Fort Lewis College; MFA, University of Southern Maine; PhD, Georgia State University
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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
Director, Certificate in Publishing
Master of Public Health, University of Michigan; Master of Social Work, University of Michigan; Bachelor of Arts, Calvin College
Phone: 720.984.2810
Office Location: Off Campus
Lecturer Grad Creative Writing
MFA, Spalding University;
Phone: 970.943.2025
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Professor of English
BA, MA, Eastern New Mexico University; PhD, Texas Tech University.
Phone: (970) 943-2016
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208G