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Western State Colorado University

MFA Program

MFA Program Established: 
Gunnison, Colorado
Genres Include:
Poetry and Fiction
2 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
David J. Rothman, Director
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Ernest Hilbert, David J. Rothman, David Yezzi
Genre Fiction: Russell Davis, Stacia Deutsch, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Candace Nadon, Michaela Roessner-Herman
Screenwriting: J.S. Mayank, Bob Shayne

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Loans, Scholarships

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 
Other Features: 

Our program takes both literary and popular commercial genres seriously. We are not afraid of a good story, a strong character, or a rhyme. All courses include both extensive critique of student work along with sustained study and imitation of genres. The program includes on-campus intensive seminars and a conference, "Writing the Rockies," for two weeks during three consecutive summers in July (two summers for MA). The non-residency study requires four academic semesters (two for MA) during which students work on-line in classes and one-on-one with faculty.

The program offers concentrations in poetry with an emphasis on versecraft, genre fiction, screenwriting for film and television, and publishing. It offers a two-year MFA degree, as well as a one-year MA degree, and a one-year certificate in publishing.

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