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 in Creative Writing.

Beyond the Classroom

Our performance poetry team, WordHorde, travels to festivals, arts centers and high schools across Colorado and hosts fall and spring poetry slams.

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

Creative Writing students also have the opportunity to serve as Teaching Assistants in the field, and take part in the Contemporary Writer Series that brings established and emerging authors, poets, and screenwriters to campus.

Students may also see their own creative work published in Pathfinder, Western’s art and literary magazine, or serve on its editorial board.

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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Faculty & Staff


Professor of Communication Arts
B.A., St. Michael's College; M.A., State University of New York-Albany; Ph.D., University of Colorado.
Phone: (970) 943-3042
Office Location: Taylor Hall 218
Courtney P. Fullmer
Assistant Professor of English; Director of the Contemporary Writer Series
PhD, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MFA, Arizona State University, BA, California State University, Chico
Phone: 970.943.2178
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208E
Douglas S. Jones
Lecturer in English
B.A., California State University, Chico, M.F.A., Arizona State University
Phone: 970.943.2171
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208C
Jack Lucido
Professor of Communication Arts
B.A., Humboldt State University; , M.F.A., University of North Carolina-Greensboro.
Phone: (970) 943-3052
Office Location: Taylor Hall 212E
Department Chair of CALL
PhD, M.A., Washington State University; B.A.. Central Washington University
Phone: 970-943-2036
Office Location: Taylor Hall 216A
Mark Todd
Professor of English
BA, MA, Eastern New Mexico University; PhD, Texas Tech University.
Phone: (970) 943-2016
Office Location: Taylor Hall 208G