Creative Writing

Creative Writing majors capture the imagination. They build the skills needed to write original poetry, prose, scripts and stories.

Western nurtures a supportive community of writers who collaborate rather than compete. In this environment, students feel comfortable sharing their creative work. We provide opportunities to perform and publicly present poetry and fiction, while also exploring the business aspects of creative writing and literary publishing.  

What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?

As part of our vibrant community of writers, you’ll hone your own writing voice, creating vivid imagery and crafting stories that grab and hold readers’ attention. You’ll learn about the publishing world by editing a literary anthology and preparing your own work for submission to literary magazines and publishers. We’ll also prepare you to pursue advanced degrees Creative Writing.

Beyond the Classroom

Students meet twice a month for open-mic readings at a local coffee shop. We also bring in guest readers twice each semester to perform and cap the semester with annual fall and spring poetry slams. Our performance poetry team travels to festivals, arts centers and high schools across Colorado and hosts an annual Slam Day, bringing high school students and teachers to campus.

The performance poetry team holds weekly rehearsals to share new work and perfect their stage techniques.

After Graduation

Our students have pursued careers in travel writing, as teachers of English as a second language overseas, as newspaper and magazine editors, and as college English teachers. Others have started small presses, worked for literary agents, and published with numerous literary magazines and presses.

Several students have gone on to advanced study, receiving MFA degrees in Creative Writing.

 

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Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a list of courses offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the current university catalog at http://www.western.edu/catalog. To determined the courses required for your major, check the "Majors and Minors" tab for your area of study.

 CRWR 600 - MFA ORIENTATION III (1 credits)

Focus on learning mastery of online tools, attending faculty and student readings, and meeting with non-residency mentors during first summer; focus on attending presentations and participating in workshop sessions during second summer; and focus on presenting student thesis as well as attending and participating in other readings during third summer. Must be repeated three times for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.

 CRWR 600 - ORIENTATION (1 credits)

Focus on learning mastery of online tools, attending faculty and student readings, and meeting with non-residency mentors during first summer; focus on attending presentations and participating in workshop sessions during second summer; and focus on presenting student thesis as well as attending and participating in other readings during third summer. Must be repeated three times for credit. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.

 CRWR 653 - POETRY BK REV POETRY LIT PED (6 credits)

Focus on close analysis of the best reviews and criticism of the past and present, and practice writing such pieces themselves. Also a wide range of techniques and materials available to teachers of poetry to communicate much of that history. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.

 CRWR 692 - INDEPENDENT STUDY (6 credits)

Focus on working with a faculty mentor to research, develop, and structure a student'+F813s particular areas of interest into a written work. May be repeated for up to 12 credits. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.

 CRWR 697 - ST: TEACHING AND PEDAGOGY (6 credits)

Focus on studies of a particular topic of interest to students in the MFA program to be announced each time the course is offered. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.

 CRWR 697 - SPECIAL TOPICS (6 credits)

Focus on studies of a particular topic of interest to students in the MFA program to be announced each time the course is offered. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

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