Creative Writing

Creative Writing // Master of Fine Arts
(distance learning)

"How isn't Naropa preparing me? Naropa is a guide, a friend, a parent, a teacher, a passion, a love interest. Naropa stretches me intellectually while also providing the safest space I have ever known to be authentically myself. There is nothing more important for my future than a solid foundation. Naropa gives me that."
Elissa Crandall
Naropa student

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Naropa University, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics  developed a new MFA in Creative Writing. The newly revamped low residency MFA in Creative Writing is a two-year degree. September and February residencies are planned to occur over a long weekend and feature one accomplished guest writer. The week-long June residency coincides with the Jack Kerouac School's renowned Summer Writing Program, where students attend workshops, lectures, panels, and readings with some of the most provocative writers of our time. Active writers will mentor students toward the completion of a book-length manuscript, and an emphasis on contemplative education encourages awareness and creativity.

Highlights of the curriculum include:

  • Two-year degree with 14 days of residency per year in Boulder, CO
  • Open genre curriculum reflecting JKS history and our ongoing commitment to innovative writing
  • One-on-one mentorship with accomplished faculty
  • Emphasis on contemplative writing practices
  • Participation in the Summer Writing Program
  • Guidance in preparing the creative thesis for publication
  • Cohort model developing a strong sense of community among MFA students


The program offers a contemplative academic environment. The new curriculum will better serve students' needs and further enable them to engage with the world as scholars and writers while attending to their busy work schedules and lives.

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