Genre Fiction Concentration

Genre Fiction Requirements

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

At Western State Colorado University, we believe writers are storytellers. And as storytellers, we are united by a singular passion - the belief that we have something to say and that something deserves to not only be said but also to be heard.

We believe writing matters and good writing extends beyond academic circles. We believe the art of writing fiction can be not only a passion, but also a way of being and of living in the world.

Our instructors, inspired by this philosophy, have gathered from across the country to offer their guidance and experience to aspiring writers who want to reach mainstream audiences. To realize these goals, we've designed a curriculum that celebrates the art of such forms as science fiction, the mystery, narrative nonfiction and mainstream commercial fiction. Through an intensive and innovative program of study, we provide writers with support and industry knowledge to expand their writing and their careers beyond the academy.

As a student of the graduate program, you can expect to write, write, discuss and write a bit more. You learn how to get your writing out into the world. You discover a supportive, intimate community dedicated to your passions and ambitions. Together, we can reinvigorate the art of fiction and reclaim larger, lost audiences.

The MFA Concentration in Genre Fiction requires 60 credits:
CRWR 600     Summer Orientation
3 credits
CRWR 601     Patterns and Paradigms for Mainstream Genre Fiction 2 credits
CRWR 602     Fiction Workshop and Translation 2 credits
CRWR 604     Pre- and Post-Publication Promotion 2 credits
CRWR 608     Craft and Practice I   6 credits
CRWR 609     Genres I - Speculative Fiction, Mystery, and Young Adult 6 credits
CRWR 612     Poetics: Narrative Nonfiction 6 credits
CRWR 618     Genres II - Women's Fiction, Romance, and the Western 6 credits
CRWR 619     Craft and Practice II 6 credits

During second fall term, choose one of the following two:

CRWR 621      Making Connections in the Market 6 credits
CRWR 622       Thesis Preparation 6 credits
CRWR 646*    Narrative Poetry 6 credits
CRWR 665*   The Narrative in Picture Form 6 credits
CRWR 694     Thesis 3 credits

Students pursuing this concentration as a second area of emphasis must earn 30 credits within the concentration as follows:

All four of the following:
CRWR 600    Summer Orientation 1 credit
CRWR 608    Craft and Practice I 6 credits
CRWR 609    Genres I 6 credits
CRWR 694    Thesis 3 credits
Supporting courses in consultation with adviser, 12 credits, including one of the following:
CRWR 601     Patterns and Paradigms for Mainstream Genre Fiction 2 credits
CRWR 602     Fiction Workshop and Translation 2 credits
CRWR 604     Pre- and Post-Publication Promotion 2 credits