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Welcome to the Summer Writing Program Registration Page   
for non-degree students
(current Naropa students must log in and click on the Student tab to register)
The 2018 Program dates were June 10th - June 30th, 2018
Registration opened March 1, 2018
SWP Scholarship Deadline was extended to April 6, 2018
The Summer Writing Program is a three-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 or email

SWP 2018

JUNE 10th - JUNE 30th

Week One Workshops | June 10th - 16th

  Hoa Nguyen | Trace Peterson | Tracie Morris [Recording Studio]

Selah Saterstrom & Kristen Nelson | Lewis Warsh

Lisa Robertson | Tongo Eisen-Martin

April Sheridan [Harry Smith Printshop]


Week Two Workshops | June 17th - 23rd

Duriel E. Harris [Recording Studio] | Cedar Sigo

Dan Beachy-Quick | Tonya Foster | Anne Boyer

Margaret Randall | CAConrad

Julia Seko [Harry Smith Printshop]


Week Three Workshops | June 24th - 30th

Anne Waldman | Dawn Lundy Martin

Julie Carr & Gesel Mason | Rodrigo Toscano  | Thurston Moore

Lisa Jarnot | Steven Taylor [Recording Studio]

 Åaron Cohick [Harry Smith Printshop]  

The 2018 Summer Writing Program will run from June 10, 2018 through June 30, 2018.

If you're not a current Naropa student, then you can register via the Public Registration form on MyNaropa. Current Naropa students can login to MyNaropa and register under the Registration Tab. 

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.


The price of the course depends if you are taking it for credit or non-credit.

For-credit pricing is $995 per credit with 2 credits per week, for both graduate and undergraduate students.  

Payment can be made by either credit card, eCheck or written check.

If payment is not received by 5pm on that date, you will be withdrawn from your workshop(s).
The 2018 Payment Deadlines For Each Week of  SWP: 
Week One: June 7, 2018
Week Two: June 14, 2018
Week Three: June 21, 2018 
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 (all three weeks of SWP). 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. FASFA 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 FASFA Application  for the current year. Additionally, students will need to submit the SWP Scholarship Application (online form available in myNaropa).
The 2018 Summer Writing Program scholarship application deadline is extended to April 6, 2018.
In order to access and complete the scholarship application, you must FIRST register for SWP Workshop(s) at, no later than noon on Thursday April 5th. This will ensure that the Registration Administrator, Leann Anderson ( can send you login credentials for MyNaropa the following business day, so that you can apply for the scholarship before the April 6 th  deadline.
Next, all students seeking SWP Scholarships will need to submit a FAFSAor International Student Aid Application.  
Students will need to submit an application form through MyNaropa for each SWP scholarship of interest by April 6th. 
For general information about Naropa and Federal Student aid, please see

All students have until Thursday at 5:00pm of the week prior to their SWP to drop without financial or academic penalty.

Non-degree students cannot drop workshops themselves but instead need to contact the Registration Administrator at 303-546-3511 or 

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

For-Credit Students who 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.  

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

Summer Housing Weekly Rates 2018

$400 for a shared room

$600 for a private room
$800 for a 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. 

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. 

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.

Please 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

Yes, students under 18 are able to take the program; however, the program is designed for adults so there are a few stipulations!  Students under the age of 18 need to submit:

  • Letter of Consent from a parent or guardian
  • Letter of Recommendation from a writing mentor
Additionally, an interview or writing sample may be requested as part of the registration process.  There are also weekly check-ins with SWP staff.  

SWP student employment is only available to 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.