Summer Intensive Residencies

The 2019 Summer Intensive Residency takes place from Sunday, July 7, through Sunday, July 19. The Residency begins with a welcome reception on Sunday, July 7, at 5 p.m., in the Taylor Hall Welcome Center.

wildflowers1The Summer Intensive Residency program at Western's campus in Gunnison, Colorado, is an invigorating gathering of writers, publishers, scholars, teachers, directors, editors and other creative professionals. Students take intensive classes for three hours each day, getting to know each other face to face and opening a conversation that continues throughout the year. The program also includes workshops, lectures, panels, and special events, such as our inaugural "literary pub crawl" through downtown Crested Butte. With all of this activity, we create a vibrant 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.

Although students and faculty spend substantial time each day immersed in their work, for 2019 we have built plenty of free time into the schedule for informal socializing and for recreation in the outdoor hot spot known as "The Gunnison Country."

All in all, few other summer 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 as you gather the skills and knowledge needed to pursue the writer's life.

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

2014, Roessner and Myers at WtR Reception
New for Summer 2019!

Our annual conference, Writing the Rockies, has been put on hold for 2019 while undergoing restructuring. In its place, we are inviting several major writers (one writer for each of our concentrations) to participate directly in the final days of the Residency. These writers, hand-picked by our Concentration Directors, will give readings, lead workshops, participate in panels, and be available for individual consultations. The idea behind this change is that your own education, formation, and career goals are much better served by participating in such intimate and directly relevant workshops than by attending a general writing conference.

Saturday, 7/13, will feature two wonderfully fun outings. First, an optional day of hiking around the beautiful mountain town of Crested Butte, just up the valley from Gunnison. Second, our inaugural--and soon to be notorious--"literary pub crawl," also in Crested Butte. Organized in close partnership with the Crested Butte Center for the Arts' Literary Arts Department, the literary pub crawl will feature readings by GPCW faculty and alumni as we weave our way from bar to glorious bar along Crested Butte's famous Elk Avenue. Make a day of it by joining us for both events!

Thursday, 7/18, a day of workshops with visiting writers, will be capped by a performance of the Lottie Silks opera, using a libretto written by Enid Holden (M.A. '17) and featuring performers from the Central City Opera and beyond.

Friday, 7/19, the final day of the Residency, will feature staggered thesis readings, a panel discussion on "The Writer's Life" led by our visiting writers, the graduation ceremony, and a farewell celebration event.

Note: All students must make arrangements for lodging during the summer. Please fill out the GPCW housing reservation form if you plan to stay on campus, and communicate directly about your plans and any special needs with Lisa Swarts, our office Support Coordinator, at, or 970.943.2163. Students may stay off-campus, but please let us know your plans as soon as possible. To learn more about off-campus accommodations, visit the Gunnison Chamber of Commerce.


Summer Intensive Registration for Non-Matriculated Students

Summer Intensives in Genre Fiction, Screenwriting, Nature Writing, Poetry, and Publishing are open to non-matriculated students depending on availability each year, and at the discretion of the instructor and concentration director. There is no auditing option for summer intensives; all students must either be admitted to the program or hold formal non-matriculated status as described on the admissions page.

Courses meet 1 -4 p.m. for eight days in July.

Participation in a Summer Intensive includes all classes, readings, workshops, lectures and other special events throughout the entire summer program. Please note: tuition does not include housing, meals, travel, or any other events that require extra fees.

For more information about registering for Summer Intensive Residency as a formally non-matriculated student, please visit "Admissions Requirements and Application" and scroll down to "Checklist for Admission to Non-Matriculated Enrollment."


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