MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics

In addition to the standard graduate admissions requirements, the following is required to apply for Fall 2014 admittance to the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics program:

Writing Sample:

10 to 15 pages of creative nonfiction, fiction, prose, poetry, cross-genre work, or some combination thereof. Please indicate the genre(s) submitted.

If using the online application, insert the writing sample in the space provided. Please note that this will remove all formatting from your work. If formatting is an important part of your writing sample, please upload a PDF file of your writing sample through the link provided.  You may also print out and mail the writing sample to the Office of Admissions, even if you use the online application for the rest of your application. The hard-copy of the writing sample should have your name, the program to which you're applying, and page numbers on each page. Submitting a cover page is also recommended.

Additionally, a potential admissions interview may be required.

Fellowships:

The Allen Ginsberg Graduate Fellowship, Anne Waldman Graduate Fellowship, and Anselm Hollo Graduate Fellowship are awarded annually to incoming MFA Creative Writing and Poetics students who demonstrate promise in innovative/experimental writing. Recipients receive full funding (tuition and fees) and an $8,000 stipend as well as a Graduate Instructor position.

To be considered for these fellowships, MFA applicants must submit all required application materials by the priority deadline: January 13, 2014.

Ted Berrigan Scholarship

Open to MFA Writing & Poetics (residency) students, the scholarship will be awarded for work in poetry in the amount of $2,000. Students who wish to be considered for the scholarship should submit a cover letter describing their contributions to the JKS/Naropa community, current résumé, and a 5-10 page writing sample to the Financial Aid Office. The deadline to apply is April 1st.

Jack Kerouac Scholarship

Open to MFA Writing & Poetics (residency) students, the scholarship will be awarded for work in prose or cross-genre work in the amount of $2,000. Students who wish to be considered for the scholarship should submit a cover letter describing their contributions to the JKS/Naropa community, current résumé, and a 5-10 page writing sample to the Financial Aid Office. The deadline to apply is April 1st

Robert Creeley Scholarship

Open to MFA Creative Writing (low-residency) and Writing & Poetics (residency) students, the scholarship will be awarded for work in any genre in the amount of $2,000. Students who wish to be considered for the scholarship should submit a cover letter describing their contributions to the JKS/Naropa community, current résumé, and a 5-10 page writing sample to the Financial Aid Office. The deadline to apply is April 1st.

Naropa Writing Center - Graduate Assistantship

The Naropa Writing Center offers an opportunity for incoming graduate students to be considered for a graduate assistantship. The assistantship requires up to 10 hours a week commitment aiding with the day-to-day functioning of the writing center, including direct consultation with students. For more information on this position and to apply, please visit the Graduate Assistantships page and follow the application instructions. MFA applicants must submit their materials by January 13 in order to be considered for the award.

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