About the Program

The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics’ Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing is a two-year correspondence program running in Fall-Spring-Summer semesters over each of the two years of the program and conducted primarily through written exchange of work and response between student and instructor. Faculty in the MFA in Creative Writing program are active, published writers accomplished at mentoring students individually.

Weekend (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) residencies will take place in the fall and spring semesters, while the summer residency is a full week in June, integrated within the Jack Kerouac School’s renowned Summer Writing Program. Here students attend workshops, lectures, panels, and readings by numerous visiting writers. Each spring and fall residency will feature an accomplished guest writer in addition to workshops and events with the semester’s faculty Instructor.

Highlights of the Low-Residency MFA Creative Writing Program

  1. Two-year degree with 14 days of residency per year in Boulder CO

  2. Open-genre curriculum reflecting Jack Kerouac School history and our ongoing commitment to innovative writing

  3. One-on-one mentorship with accomplished faculty

  4. Emphasis on development of contemplative attention and writing practices

  5. Participation in the Summer Writing Program as summer semester residency

  6. Faculty mentorship in preparing the final creative thesis and critical thesis

  7. Cohort model developing a sense of community among MFA students

Highlights of the Low-Residency MFA Creative Writing Program

Immerse yourself in the environment of exploratory poetics that is the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics’ Summer Writing Program. An integral part of your graduate experience, this three-week-long colloquium brings more than 50 outrider artists, writers, and thinkers to Naropa to offer workshops, lectures, panels, classes, performances, and meditation sessions. Recent summer faculty include Samuel R. Delany, Claudia Rankine, Cecilia Vicuña, Charles Bernstein, Mei-mei Bersenbrugge, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Clark Coolidge, and Anne Carson.

Questions? Contact us at jks@naropa.edu or admissions@naropa.edu.

Naropa University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

WP Graduate Instructor

The graduate instructor position offers graduate students an opportunity to design and teach a writing workshop. Due to the fluctuating weekly populations of undergraduate students during the Summer Writing Program, graduate instructors have the unique challenge of creating a weekly workshop that can accommodate both students taking the program for one week or for all four weeks. There are 2 positions available, depending on the number of BA students who enroll.

Faculty Liaison

This position involves assisting Summer Writing Program faculty members. This is a unique opportunity to work closely with visiting writers throughout the summer.

MFA Lecturer

MFA students are eligible to be a lecturer during the Summer Writing Program on topics about which they are knowledgeable and passionate and on subjects that complement the SWP programming.

SWP Panelists

The Summer Writing Program allows students to present as part of a panel discussion and gain teaching experience.

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