Creative Writing

Creative Writing // Master of Fine Arts
Low-Residency Program

Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics houses one of the most storied creative writing programs in the country. Founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974, Naropa’s creative writing programs hew closely to their contemplative, avant-garde, and socially-aware roots, offering writers opportunities to not just think and write outside the box but also to consider whether, in fact, there is a box.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Naropa University, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics has developed a new Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing to begin in Spring 2016. This is a two-year program running in Fall-Spring-Summer semesters over each of the two years of the program and conducted primarily through written exchange of work and response between student and instructor. Faculty in the MFA in Creative Writing program are all active, published writers accomplished at mentoring students individually.

Weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) residencies will take place in the fall and spring semesters, while the summer residency is a full week in June, integrated within the Jack Kerouac School's renowned Summer Writing Program. Here students attend workshops, lectures, panels, and readings by numerous visiting writers. Each spring and fall residency will feature an accomplished guest writer in addition to workshops and events with the semester’s faculty Instructor.

Highlights of the Low-Residency MFA Creative Writing Program:

  1. Two-year degree with 14 days of residency per year in Boulder CO
  2. Open-genre curriculum reflecting Jack Kerouac School history and our ongoing commitment to innovative writing
  3. One-on-one mentorship with accomplished faculty
  4. Emphasis on development of contemplative attention and writing practices
  5. Participation in the Summer Writing Program
  6. Guidance in preparing the final creative thesis and critical thesis
  7. Cohort model developing a sense of community among MFA students

 Request information about Naropa's MFA Creative Writing distance learning programNaropa is currently enrolling students in the MFA Creative Writing Low-Residency program, with classes starting as soon as Spring Semester 2016.

The Summer Writing Program

Immerse yourself in the environment of exploratory poetics that is the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics’ Summer Writing Program. An integral part of your graduate experience, this four-week-long colloquium brings more than 50 outrider artists, writers, and thinkers to Naropa to offer workshops, lectures, panels, classes, performances, and meditation sessions. Recent summer faculty include Samuel R. Delany, Claudia Rankine, Cecilia Vicuña, Charles Bernstein, Mei-mei Bersenbrugge, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Clark Coolidge, and Anne Carson.


Thank you for your interest in both Naropa University and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

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