AcademicsSummer Writing ProgramSummer Writing Program 2024: Weekly Schedule

Summer Writing Program 2024: Weekly Schedule

Discover the transformative experience of Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program at the renowned Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. As part of our 50th-anniversary celebration, this year’s program promises to be more inspiring than ever, honoring our unique history in the American poetic landscape. Over three dynamic weeks, poets, fiction writers, musicians, editors, translators, Buddhist teachers, and performance artists gather on Naropa’s Boulder campus to push the boundaries of creative writing.

Our Summer Writing Program, happening from June 9th to June 29th, goes beyond traditional craft approaches, encouraging participants to bend genres, take risks, and enliven their creative process. Here, we carry forward the “Outrider” lineage — a legacy of revolutionary scholarship and counter-poetics that embodies an ongoing experiment in creative freedom.

Join us for free poetry readings offered Tuesday through Saturday of each week at 7:00 p.m. at Naropa’s Arapahoe Campus in the Performing Arts Center!

The reading will feature esteemed faculty and guest writers as well as SWP students. These readings provide a rich opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant community of writers and artists, fostering a deep connection with the art of poetry.


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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.