2015 Conference Registration

Writing the Rockies 2015

Wednesday, July 22 -- Sunday July 26, 2015

Please register early, as three-day intensive workshops, critical seminars and manuscript review sessions will fill quickly, and rates rise after July 1.


Go to the Writing the Rockies storefront to register now.

All attendees must purchase general registration for $350, which provides access to all keynote addresses, one-day workshops, panels, lectures, the Poetry Symposium, evening readings, film screenings and special events, along with a continental breakfast and box lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

After purchasing general registration, attendees may also choose to attend one three-day intensive workshop OR one three-day critical seminar for an additional $250.

One-on-one manuscript review sessions with major writers in all genres are available for $150.

Tickets for the Reception / Banquet on Wednesday are $50, with menu options available.

Three and four-day lodging options on Western's attractive campus are available, along with off-campus options through separate links.

REFUNDS: Please note that full refunds are only available until June 1. After that date, Western will provide 50% refunds until July 1. After July 1, Western cannot issue any refunds.

Go to the Writing the Rockies storefront to register now.

Academic Credit Options

Undergraduate and graduate students who are not enrolled in Western's Graduate Program in Creative Writing can earn credit for attendance at the conference through Western's Division of Extended Studies.

Undergraduates can earn degree-seeking credit.

Students with an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution can earn one non-degree graduate level credit in “ENG 510,” which is run through the Western Teachers Institute, administered by Western's Extended Studies Office. Additional fees apply. For more information contact Western's Extended Studies Program at or 1-800-876-5309 , ext. 7, or ExtendedStudies@western.edu.

Go to the Writing the Rockies storefront to register now.

Important Travel Information

The Gunnison Valley is rural and beautiful, but it is also a resort and recreational hub with a full-service commercial airport only a mile from Western's campus. This summer the airport offers jet service from Denver and Houston.

That's the good news.

The challenge is that flights are frequently expensive. As a result, we encourage you to book travel early.

Another option for travelers: we will be running shuttle vans from Denver, Grand Junction and Montrose, which have larger airports and significantly lower fares. Denver is about a four-hour drive one-way; Grand Junction is about three hours; Montrose (on the way to Grand Junction) is about one hour. We encourage you to shop around. Please remember that the welcome reception begins at 5:30 on Wednesday, July 22. We will be running shuttles from all airports that arrive in time for that event, along with shuttles that depart later in the day. Again, please book early.

All information about shuttle rides, including times and fares, is on the registration page.

Go to the Writing the Rockies storefront to register now.

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Western's Extended Studies Program, 1-800-876-5309, ext. 7, or ExtendedStudies@western.edu

Mark Todd, Conference Coordinator, mtodd@western.edu

David J. Rothman, Graduate Creative Writing Program Director / Poetry Concentration Director / Conference Director, drothman@western.edu