Naropa University

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Low-Residency)


2130 Arapahoe Avenue

Boulder, CO 80302

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Low-Residency)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

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:

  • Two-year degree with 14 days of residency per year in Boulder CO
  • Open-genre curriculum reflecting Jack Kerouac School history and our ongoing commitment to innovative writing
  • One-on-one mentorship with accomplished faculty
  • Emphasis on development of contemplative attention and writing practices
  • Participation in the Summer Writing Program as summer semester residency
  • Faculty mentorship in preparing the final creative thesis and critical thesis
  • Cohort model developing a sense of community among MFA students


The Summer 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 four-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.


Naropa is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 49

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 810.00 USD

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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