Welcome to the 18th Annual Writing the Rockies Conference
Wednesday, July 19 -- Sunday July 23, 2017
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.
The conference is priced affordably at just $300 for standard registration before July 1, and scholarships are available for educators, students and residents of the Gunnison Valley.
Please go here to see the full conference schedule.
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.