Summer Residencies

The 2015 Summer Intensive Residency takes place July 12-July 25. The Residency begins with a welcome reception on Sunday, July 12, at 5:00 pm, in the University Center.

The MFA summer residency program at Western's campus in Gunnison, Colorado, is an invigorating convocation of poets, fiction writers, script writers, critics, scholars, teachers, publishers, producers, directors, editors, and others actively involved in the writing and film industries. Students take intensive classes, opening a conversation that continues throughout the year. The program also includes workshops, lectures, panels, and special events, effectively creating a writers' colony for two precious weeks during the height of the summer, when the Gunnison Valley is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.


All students and faculty not only read and write for many hours each day, but we have a wonderful time with readings, socializing, and recreation in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Rockies.

See the specific concentration pages in Genre Fiction, Poetry, and Screenwriting for detailed information about the courses offered in each Summer Residency Intensive.

All Summer Intensives are open to the public at the discretion of the instructor. Courses meet 1:00-4:00 pm for eight days in the second half of July (M-F, July 13-17 and M-W, July 20-22).

Cost to non-matriculated students of attending an Intensive course without earning graduate credit is $350. For an additional fee, qualified students may also earn graduate credit.

During the final long weekend of the summer residency, the Graduate Program in Creative Writing also hosts the annual Writing the Rockies conference, the preeminent gathering of its kind in the region, which is open to the public. The conference offers beginners, published writers, and anyone else who believes in the power of the written word the opportunity to hone the craft of writing, to explore the changing landscapes of fiction, poetry and film, and to talk with visiting agents and publishers. Among other events, celebrated poets and critics gather at the Critical Path Poets' Symposium to discuss, debate, and explore modern criticism.

All in all, few other programs can offer the opportunity to be part of such an intense, focused writers' community in such an inspiring landscape. Surrounded by fellow writers, instructors and guest speakers, you will begin to realize your role in the active creation of literature and film, and gather the skills and knowledge to pursue the writer's life.

Graduate Program in Creative Writing, Application Information