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.


Next Steps

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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 To determined the courses required for your major, check the "Majors and Minors" tab for your area of study.


Special topics - studies to be determined by faculty, department and student.


Focus on introducing students to both long and short form of writing in narrative nonfiction, with writing practice in a variety of sub-categories. Students also build skills in utilizing nonfiction as it applies to their interest in fiction writing. Prerequisite: Admission to the program.


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


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