Looking to get serious about your writing? Dreaming of becoming a published author? Eager to refine your craft, elevate your art, and inspire the world? By pursuing an MFA or M.A. in Creative Writing from Western Colorado University, you can do all of this and more. Our dedicated faculty of award-winning writers will ensure that you achieve your full potential as a professional writer.


Core Faculty Includes:

Poetry: Aaron A. Abeyta, Tyson Hausdoerffer, Julie Kane, Andrew Sellon, Ryan Wilson Genre Fiction: Carlos Hernandez, Kat Howard, Candace Nadon, Rick Wilbur, Fran Wilde Screenwriting: Trai Cartwright, JS Mayank Nature Writing: Aaron A. Abeyta, Laura Pritchett, Julianne Warren Publishing: Kevin J. Anderson

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We are excited to welcome Carlos Hernandez to our Gunnison, CO campus for our 2020 Summer Residency!

The Visiting Artist Program is designed to enhance the student experience at the Residency by bringing out top-name authors to work closely with our students over a three-day period at the end of the Residency. Each concentration will invite its own Visiting Artist, so the program will host five Visiting Artists each year.

If you are interested in pursuing your M.A. or MFA in Creative Writing, start your application today at
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An 800- to 1,000-word personal statement describing your writing experience and commitment to writing. A writing sample of at least ten pages, depending on the concentration being applied to.

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