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MFA Creative Writing at Naropa
Mentor with Masters at Naropa.
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See yourself in this storied creative writing program

Founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974, our Creative Writing program celebrates avant-garde roots. Ginsberg recalled its intent: “... a way of teaching meditators about the golden mouth, and educating poets about the golden mind.”

Naropa's famous Summer Writing Program

Immerse yourself in the Jack Kerouac School's Summer Writing Program, alongside current, active and published outriders offering workshops, classes, performances and more. Born out of the America's historic beat poetry movement, the Jack Kerouac School was co-founded by Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Diane DiPrima and other luminaries, dedicated to creating a space where the outriders in literature could find and develop both voice and skills. Past faculty include Andrei Codrescu, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Thurston Moore.

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Develop your clearest, truest voice.

Experience the world as it is, through mindfulness training. Imagine a career in scriptwriting, or screenwriting for television or film. Hone your work under the guidance of celebrated, active faculty mentors and masters. Explore your inner creative process, while you actually build a body of work, and share your explorations within the Naropa writing community, and then with the world.

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2 Years

Naropa's Residential MFA is a two-year, 48-credit, on-campus creative writing degree program, culminating in a book-length manuscript. We also offer a Low-Residency MFA, primarily correspondence, with 14 required days of residency in Boulder.

Mentor with masters at the Jack Kerouac School

The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics cultivates contemplative and experimental approaches to writing. Imagine mentors teaching you the literary arts in innovative ways that foster both rigor and creative expansion. You'll also have opportunities to work with invited guests during our events: like Ginsberg Visiting Fellows, Scalapino Lecturers in Innovative Poetics.

Collaborate in company at the Summer Writing Program

Naropa's Summer Writing Program is a four-week-long convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors and others working in small press publishing. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events, and more.

As a student, you'll compose and explore poetry, prose fiction, cross-genre possibilities, inter-arts, translation, screenwriting and filmwriting. Rub elbows daily with some of the most accomplished, notorious, and provocative living writers, individually and in small groups. Both beginning and experienced writers will find equal challenge, community, and opportunity for creative growth.

Featured Faculty

Imagine reading and writing with outriders Like these


Anne Waldman, JKS Core FacultyAnne

Distinguished Professor | Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Co-founder | SWP Artistic Director

Anne Waldman is a poet, performer, professor, curator, and co-founder with Allen Ginsberg of the Jack Kerouac School, where she's worked for 40 years. Author of more than 40 publications of poetry, her most recent books includeCROSS WORLDS: Transcultural Poetics (Coffee House Press, 2014), Gossamurmur(Penguin Poets, 2013), andJAGUAR POETICS (Post-Apollo Press). Waldman is an internationally recognized performer of her own work, and has had recent travels to Finland, Berlin, Casablanca, Tangiers, Paris, Geneva for conferences and festivals. She is a recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award for Poetry and has been deemed a “counter-cultural giant” by Publisher’s Weekly. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and recipient of the 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Thurston Moore, Core FacultyThurston Moore

SWPCore Faculty

 Thurston Moore—co-founder of Sonic Youth and current frontman of Chelsea Light Moving—was first asked to teach at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa in 2011, and he has been a returning faculty member ever since. Better known for his numerous ventures in the New York experimental art world, Moore leads poetry workshops at the summer writing program regularly, as well as offering performances and readings throughout.