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We’re small, attentive to your work, innovative in our approaches to teaching and mentoring. We’re located in a small Rocky Mountain town with a nice degree of funk about it, elevation 7,200 feet. The trails and scenery in the Medicine Bow Mountains are awesome.

We fully fund every student we admit, with a modest teaching load of just one course per semester, and with ample professional training in college-level instruction. (Assignments are in freshman composition, although our curriculum includes a course that allows MFA students to co-teach an undergraduate creative writing course.) We offer further financial support for supplies and travel, plus a $2000 summer stipend between your first and second years, when funds are available. Additional funds are available from competitive scholarships offered campus-wide. In 2017-2018, first-year MFA students received robust support from scholarships and grants sponsored by UW.

In the writing program, we don't put students in competition for funding or for approval. Our workshops stress positive, constructive, open-minded engagement with the work that writers bring to them. From traditional workshops in fiction and creative non-fiction, we have moved toward and are developing new hybrid settings that enable our writers to read other anothers' work in any genre. We offer special seminars on various topics that operate from the writer’s point of view. Beyond our program’s specific course offerings (see MFA Student Handbook on this site), you’re also free to choose elective course from across the university.

In the first 13 years of our MFA program, we already have been recognized as one of the country’s best. Graduates have released award-winning books with commercial and small-press publishers, and have appeared consistently in magazines and journals including The New Yorker, Granta, Virginia Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, to name just a few. Our students write together and play together. Several have worked in various ways at the local NPR station. They host their own lively and well-attended reading series downtown. They go out afterwards and have a good time. They form lasting friendships. They encourage and support one another. Faculty work as closely with students, one-on-one, as well as in traditional classroom settings.

Most of all, we work hard to help you find and realize your deepest intent as a writer. Our visiting writers put you in close contact with a diverse array of brilliant authors, both established and emerging. Our publication workshops put you into conversation with commercial and independent agents and editors, as well as established writers, and offer experience in small press publishing. We take pride in placing graduates in top PhD programs. Students have gone on to careers in teaching, while others have gone into non-academic careers in areas including publishing, public radio, non-profit organizations, financial securities advising, and others – plus one who went back to his job as a fishing guide.  

We’ve designed this website and our student handbook to help answer questions you may have about how to apply to the program, and how to fulfill its requirements once you arrive. But if you have a question that you do not find answered here, please contact us and we will look forward to responding.

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1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6453

Fax: 307-766-3189


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