Greyrock Creative Writing
MFA Creative Writing


Poetry, Fiction & Nonfiction

Over 25 years of guiding writers to unexpected heights

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MFA Creative Writing

Upcoming Readers

Lauren Haldeman and Emily Pérez

Poetry Reading, January 25

Daryl Farmer

Fiction/Nonfiction Reading,

February 22

Ross Gay

Poetry Reading, April 26


The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is for students with advanced abilities in the writing of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. The nationally ranked program offers a balance of intimate and intensive writing workshops with courses in literature, form and technique, and related electives. Course work culminates in a thesis—a collection of poetry, short stories, essays, or a novel or memoir—and the completion of a comprehensive Portfolio.

Applicants to the program should request application information from our Graduate Programs Assistant; contact information is available on the M.F.A. application page. Though GPA is considered, we pay the closest attention to your writing sample: 12-20 pages of poems for poets; or two short stories or a chapter or two of a novel in-progress for fiction writers; and two short essays or a chapter or two of a memoir in-progress for nonfiction writers. For full consideration for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, and for any University fellowships, we must receive all of your application documents by January 1st for fiction and poetry and January 15th for creative nonfiction.

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Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships are available on a competitive basis, as are assistantships for the position of Administrative Assistant to the Director of Creative Writing. Students with Teaching Assistantships or Colorado Fellowships usually complete the M.F.A. in three years; those who don't need financial aid can finish in two.

If you're applying for a graduate teaching assistantship (GTA), make sure to provide a written statement that speaks to your qualifications and enthusiasm for college teaching. Remember, most GTAs will be teaching freshman composition. In your application, emphasize anything that speaks to your formal teaching experience (paid or volunteer), such as tutoring, writing center counseling, or even coaching or outdoor recreation. In addition, remind those who are writing your letters of recommendation to speak to your potential for college teaching.

MFA Internships

Internship Opportunities

We offer a variety of for-credit internships (some paid) in such areas as college teaching, public education, arts administration in literature, and literary editing (including the Center for Literary Publishing, the Colorado Review, and the Freestone, the Department's alumni magazine. A paid internship as editor of Greyrock, a literary magazine staffed by CSU undergraduates, is also available.

M.F.A. candidates can also take a course in Teaching College Creative Writing, which allows them to teach Introduction to Creative Writing.

Learn about our Colorado Review graduate internship.

MFA Requirements


  • Completion of forty-eight semester credits including twelve credits of thesis work
  • Completion of the following required core courses:
    • E513 Form & Technique in Modern Literature: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction or Poetry (3 credits)
    • E640 Graduate Writing Workshop: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction or Poetry (12 credits)
    • One course (300-level or above) outside the English Department (unless your bachelor's degree was not in English—3 credits)
    • E699 Thesis (12 credits)
    • Pre-20th Century E500+ literature course (3 credits)
    • For a brief overview of all major requirements, see M.F.A. Program Requirements
  • Completion of portfolio
  • Graduate Advising Notes:MFA Program
  • For additional details, see:
    The Book

“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”

~ Toni Morrison


Do Work

By Colin Raunig  |  May 4, 2018  |  Uncategorized

It would be nice if I knew three years ago what I know now. Then I would have been able to forge that knowledge under the cauldron of being an MFA student. It’s like, as an undergrad, when you write a paper the day before it’s due, and as you’re reading it just before you […]

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The Downhill Slope

By Chelsea Hansen  |  April 20, 2018  |  Uncategorized

Being on the downhill slope of my MFA is strange. My first two and a half years here were spent, like everyone else, building, worrying, pondering, and procrastinating my thesis. There were constant late night worries about my defense and my thesis reading, especially the closer they came. I’d never done a reading of my […]

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Why am I here?

By Margaret Browne  |  April 13, 2018  |  Uncategorized

Why am I here? The question is one we often ask ourselves in the midst of a personal, spiritual, emotional (etcetera, etcetera) crisis. What do we mean to address when we ask ourselves this question? Oftentimes, it is not so much an attempt to take account of our motivations, or the concrete steps we took, […]

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On Collections, Influence, and Attention

By Susannah Lodge-Rigal  |  March 30, 2018  |  Uncategorized

Last night over the phone a longtime friend and I traded stories about what we collected in childhood. As we talked our lists grew unwieldy and strange—film canisters, laundry lint, dried flowers, smooth river stones, letters. I remember well the sense of wonder and excitement in finding something small and familiar, and placing it in […]

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What to Save and What to Burn

By Evan Senie  |  March 9, 2018  |  Uncategorized

I tried out for my middle school baseball team two times and my high school baseball team three times. All five years I was rejected, and all five years the coach told me that I nearly made it, that if I took a few more grounders and did some pushups and took extra swings in […]

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