Creative Writing

Creative Writing // Master of Fine Arts

40th Anniversary—MFA Relaunching in Fall 2015

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Naropa University, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics unveils a new MFA in Creative Writing curriculum in fall 2015. The newly revamped MFA in Creative Writing is a two-year degree. September and February residencies 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 mentor students toward the completion of a book-length manuscript, and an emphasis on contemplative education encourages awareness and creativity.

Please join us in fall 2015 for our inaugural residency with Anne Waldman.

Highlights of the new curriculum include:

  • Two-year degree with 14 days of residency 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in both Naropa University and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. The MFA in Creative Writing low-residency degree is currently pending approval. 

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