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Welcome to the Summer Writing Program registration pages  
for students not currently seeking a degree at Naropa!*
*Current Naropa students must log in and click on the Student tab to register
 The 2016 program dates are: June 12, 2016 - July 9 , 2016
The Summer Writing Program is a four-week-long convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors and others working in small press publishing. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events, and more.
In dialogue with renowned practitioners, students engage in the composition of poetry, prose fiction, cross-genre possibilities, inter-arts, translation and writing for performance. Participants work in daily contact with some of the most accomplished and notoriously provocative writers of our time, meeting individually and in small groups, so that both beginning and experienced writers find equal challenge in the program.
Non -Naropa Students may also take the SWP for credit. Naropa University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Contact the SWP for more information on becoming a Non-Naropa degree seeking credit student. Consider carefully whether you need undergraduate or graduate credit. Keep in mind that SWP weeks taken for undergraduate credit cannot be later converted to graduate credit, and vice versa.
 For more information on program specifics, please click here


There are currently no active applications in this portlet.

SWP 2016

Week1:: June 12- June 18                                                                       

A- Will Alexander                                                                                              

B- Rikki Ducornet

C- J Michael Martinez                                                                                         

D- Simone White                                                                                                 

E- Anne Tardos                                                                                                    

F- Samiya Bashir                                                                                                 

G- Ruth Ellen Kocher & Megan Kaminski                                                         

H- Anne Boyer CANCELLED                                                                                                   

I- Lewis Warsh                                                                                                    

J- Ruby Kapka PRINTSHOP                                                                             


Week2:: June 19-June 18  

A- Orlando White

B- Sherwin Bitsui

C-Joan Kane

D- Cedar Sigo

E- Srikanth Reddy

F- Roberto Tejada

G- Jena Osman & Amze Emmons

H- Dorothy Wang

I- Eleni Sikelianos



Week 3:: June 26-July 2                                                                            

A-Renee Gladman                                                                                             

B- Danielle Vogel                                                                                              

C- Tisa Bryant                                                                                                   

D- Julie Carr                                                                                                      

E- Corrine Fitzpatrick                                                                                        

F- Gloria Frym                                                                                                   

G- Laird Hunt                                                                                                    

H- Steven Taylor                                                                                               

I- Margaret Randall                                                                                           

J- Colin Frazer PRINTSHOP                                                                           


Week 4:: July 3-July 9 

A- Christian Hawkey

B- Thurston Moore

C- Julie Patton & Paul Van Curen

D- Eileen Myles

E- Junior Burke

F- Anne Waldman

G- Janice Lowe

H- CA Conrad

I- TC Tolbert

J- Charles Alexander PRINTSHOP


The 2016 Summer Writing Program will run from June 12, 2016 through July 9, 2016.

Registration for the Summer Writing Program starts via the Public Registration tab in MyNaropa.  On the left, click on the SWP Registration Form 2016 or click here

Please note: you will only register for one workshop each week, and we cannot guarantee registration with any particular faculty member. There will not be waitlists for any workshops. To find out more about this year's faculty members and the Summer Writing program, please visit the program website.


Non-Naropa students may also take the SWP for academic credit. Naropa University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Consider carefully whether you need undergraduate or graduate credit. Keep in mind that SWP weeks taken for undergraduate credit cannot be later converted to graduate credit, and vice versa. Applicants for graduate credit must have a bachelor's degree. In order to complete registration and maintain your course enrollment, undergraduate transcripts must be sent to the administrative coordinator no later than May 15th. Please send transcripts to:

Jeffery Pethybridge 


 2130 Arapahoe Ave

 Boulder, CO 80302

Students under 18 are able to take the program; however, the program is designed for adults and there are a several stipulations. Students under the age of 18 need to submit a letter of consent from a parent or guardian, as well as a letter of recommendation from a writing mentor. There are also weekly check-ins with SWP staff. Additionally, an interview or writing sample may be requested as part of the registration process.

Naropa University welcomes participants with disabilities. Please contact Jeffrey Pethybridge at 303-546-5296 or to inquire about accessibility and disability accommodations needed to participate fully in this event before May 15th.

Yes, international students are welcome to participate in the SWP.

The price of the course depends if you are taking it for credit or non-credit. This year, each week for noncredit students is $500 per week. A small discount of $100 is offered for students that register for all four weeks ($1900).  For-credit pricing is $995 per credit with 2 credits per week for graduate students and 1.5 credits per week for undergraduates.

Full payment is required by the Thursday prior to the date you are attending. If payment is not received by 5pm on that date, you will be withdrawn from your workshop(s).
The 2016 Payment Deadlines For Each Week of  SWP: 
  • Week 1-   06/09/2016
  • Week 2-   06/16/2016
  • Week 3-   06/23/2016
  • Week 4 -  06/30/2016

Payment can be made by either credit card, eCheck or written check. Please note payment plans are not available for non-degree students.

Once registered for class, you can check and pay your balance online by clicking the "Submit Payment" link found on the Public Registration homepage.
Naropa Students
Degree-seeking students taking the program for graduate or undergraduate credit may be eligible for federal financial aid if enrolled for at least six credits (four weeks for undergraduate credit, three to four weeks for graduate credit). Naropa undergraduate and graduate students should complete the FAFSA or the International Student Financial Aid application (March 1st is the priority deadline) in order to be considered for any forms of institutional or federal aid. FAFSA is available online. The international student financial aid application is available on

Non-Degree-Seeking for Academic Credit Students
Students who are enrolled as degree-seeking students at another institution and are taking the SWP for credit should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for information regarding eligibility for aid. Additional information regarding financial aid is available on

Non-Degree/Non-Credit Students
Students who are enrolled in non-credit Summer Writing Program maybe eligible for a selection of scholarships. In order to determine need and eligibility, students will need to submit FAFSA online or add Naropa to an already existing FAFSA application for the current year. Additionally, students will need to submit the SWP Scholarship Application (online form available in myNaropa).

All students seeking SWP Scholarships will need to submit a FAFSA or International Student Aid Application.
Students will need to submit an application form through MyNaropa for each SWP scholarship of interest by April 1st. 
For general information about Naropa and Federal Student aid, please see

SWP student employment is only available for registered for students enrolled in the BA or MFA program at the Jack Kerouac School. The application can be found here:

 Applications for student employment are due March 15th.

The SWP offers housing at Naropa’s Snow Lion Dormitory. Below are next year’s rates:

Summer Housing Rates 2016:

$350 per week (shared room)

$525 per week (private room) 

$700 per week (private apartment)

For more information and to apply, click  HERE.    

The SWP does not offer a meal plan, but the on-campus café is open to students for light breakfast and lunches during the program. The café offers many dietary options, including vegan and gluten free.

Summer Writing Program classes and events run from Monday through Saturday. Saturday daytime and Sundays are generally free. You will attend your selected class in the morning from 9:30am-noon; have a hour for lunch; attend panels, workshops, and lectures in the afternoons; have a dinner break; and then attend the evening's readings, which usually last until 10pm. 

Please visit the Instructions to Change Your Schedule link in MyNaropa. 

All students have until Thursday at 5:00pm of the week prior to their SWP to drop without financial or academic penalty. Students may drop online, via MyNaropa, or contact the Registration Coordinator at 303-546-3511 or 

Students may switch to open workshops on Mondays until 3:30pm.

For-Credit Students may withdraw between Thursday at 5:00pm and Monday at 3:30 will have a withdrawal (W) on their transcript. Those who wish to withdraw from the SWP after 3:30 p.m. (MST) on Monday, will be financially and academically responsible for the entire week.

Refunds can take 7-10 days to process.