Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Poetry, Screenwriting, Genre Fiction

The graduate programs in Creative Writing at Western State Colorado University uses a low-residency format that requires students to engage in studies in one of the following areas:

Genre Fiction/Nonfiction.

  • Learn under successful, currently publishing authors
  • Make network connections with industry professionals to help launch your career
  • Attend virtual classes with weekly online interaction.

Poetry with an Emphasis in Versecraft.

  • Study in the only program that teaches a full range of versecraft.
  • Learn under highly acclaimed poets.
  • Connect with prestigious editors and publishers.

Screenwriting for Feature Film and Television.

  • Study in the only accredited program taught entirely by working Hollywood screenwriters.
  • Learn essential tactics for both feature film and television writing.
  • Become well versed in the business of screenwriting, before you go knocking on studio and network doors.

Certificate in Publishing (13-month low-residency program)

  • Become more savvy working with publishers.
  • Learn how to self-publish the right way.
  • Build skills to make publishing a career.

Next Steps

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Faculty & Staff


Director of Genre Fiction Concentration
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Visiting Professor of Genre Fiction
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Visiting Professor in the Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Ph.D., Ball State University, M.A., Iowa State University
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Grad Creative Writing MFA Inst
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Director of Screenwriting Concentration
Phone: 970.943.3016
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Grad MFA Capstone Advising
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Grad Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts Inst
Phone: 970.943.2025
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208
Director of Graduate Program in Creative Writing; Director of Poetry Concentration
Phone: 970.943.2058
Office Location: Taylor Hall 222B
Lecturer Grad Creative Writing
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Grad Creative Writing MFA Inst
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