Summer Writing Program classroom

Bachelor's Degree
in Creative Writing and Literature

Invent your own genre. Analyze Shakespeare, avant-garde cinema, and modern poetry. Write your first novel.

Explore the Beats, avant-garde cinema, and embodied poetics. Take an interdisciplinary approach to your writing by studying performance, film, and visual art. Draw on contemplative principles of interdependence and compassion to use writing as both a means of social change and self-revolution.

As Robert Bresson said, “Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.”

As a Creative Writing and Literature major in Naropa’s world-famous Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, you will have the chance to experiment with language, develop your analytical skills, and learn about yourself and your place in the world.

You will also have the chance to begin building a career through professional development courses and the completion of a creative manuscript and literary thesis.

The result? Many of Naropa’s alumni from the Creative Writing and Literature program go on to earn Master of Fine Arts degrees, win prestigious awards, publish works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, as well as become teachers, editors, and communications professionals.

Naropa Summer Writing Program

Take part in Naropa University’s internationally recognized Summer Writing Program, a three-week intensive colloquium of workshops, lectures, and readings featuring Naropa faculty and visiting literary luminaries.

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  • Harry Smith Print Shop

    Learn letterpress printing and bookmaking in Naropa’s very own print shop.

  • Bombay Gin

    Get involved in Naropa’s student- and faculty-run literary journal, which has been publishing experimental poetry, prose, art, translations and interviews for more than forty years.


Degree Credits Required


Your Creative Writing and Literature bachelor’s degree program consists of 120 credit hours. The Creative Writing and Literature degree program is a 36-credit major that combines writing workshops, the critical study of literature and other media with classes in professional development.

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Sarah Schantz

Alumni Highlight

“Being a writer can be a solitary life, and while I value my privacy, my introversion, I'm utterly grateful for the writers I have in my life via Naropa. Community is never finite. Naropa served as the heart of so many future connections, including all the connections I have yet to make.” 

— Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
BA, Writing and Literature, 2013; Author;
2016 Colorado Book Award Winner - Fig; Pushcart Prize Nominee


Featured Creative Writing and Literature Courses

  • Writing Workshop: Embodied Poetics

  • Writing Workshop: Contemplative Poetics

  • Literature Seminar: Cultural and Ethnic Lit

  • Professional Development: Small Press Publishing

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students demonstrate skill in writing as a creative art. 
  • Students critically analyze literary works.
  • Students engage writing as a contemplative mode of inquiry.
  • Students demonstrate the role of intersectionality in the literary arts.
  • Students generate a professional dossier. 


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Michelle Naka Pierce

Faculty Highlight

Professor and Dean of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics // Author of Beloved Integer, She, A Blueprint, Continuous Frieze Bordering Red, and co-author of TRI/VIA

— Michelle Naka Pierce, MFA
Professor // Dean, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics

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