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Welcome to the Summer Writing Program Registration Page   
The 2020 Program has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Please check back in the coming months for more information. 
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 2020

JUNE 7th - JUNE 27th

Week One Workshops | June 7th - 13th

Oracles + Cyborgs  

Michelle Naka Pierce | Raquel Salas Rivera | Danielle Vogel

Andrea Abi-Karam | Rodrigo Toscano

CA Conrad | Michael Cross

Guest: Alice Notley


Week Two Workshops | June 14th - 20th

Now-Time & The Coming Community

Sherwin Bitsui | Giovanni Singleton

Carolina Ebeid | Erik Ehn | Will Alexander

Robert Sniderman & Yanara Friedland | Layli Long Soldier

Lisa Jarnot | Anne Waldman | Julia Seko

Guests: Richard Tuttle


Week Three Workshops | June 21st - 27th

Insurrectionary Forms, Revolutionary Lineages

Kazim Ali | Lily Hoang

Eleni Sikelianos | Tongo Eisen-Martin | Jos Charles

Thurston Moore | Monica De La Torre 

Julian Talamantez Brolaski | Brad O'Sullivan

Guests: Rocio Ceron, Safaa Fathy

The 2020 Summer Writing Program will run from June 7, 2019 through June 27, 2019.

Registration (regardless of student status) will be completed by filling out the 2020 SWP registration form here: Registration Form

To make adjustments to your registered schedule please fill out the adjustment form here: Adjustment Form 

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.

Non-degree, for-credit pricing is $995 per credit for both graduate and undergraduate credit. Currently enrolled, Naropan degree-seeking students will be charged at the current tuition rate for their program.  
Non-credit pricing is $500 per week. 

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

The 2020 Payment Deadlines For Each Week of  SWP: 
Week One: May 30, 2020
Week Two: June 7, 2020
Week Three: June 14, 2020
ALL STUDENTS have until Thursday at 5pm of the week prior to their SWP to make a payment. Failure to make a payment by this date will result in the student being dropped. 

**Anyone registering after the Thursday prior to start of the week are required to make immediate payment.

Once registered for class, you can check and pay your balance online by clicking the "Submit Payment" link found on the bottom of 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 15th is the priority deadline) in order to be considered for any forms of institutional or federal aid. The 2018-19 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 may be eligible for a selection of scholarships. Interested students will need to submit the SWP Scholarship Application (online form available in MyNaropa).
The 2020 Scholarship application is now open! Please review the details of scholarships on our SWP page
The 2020 Summer Writing Program scholarship application priority deadline is March 8th, 2020
The online SWP Scholarship Application is currently live on MyNaropa. Please click here to access the application. 
Next, all Naropa degree-seeking students will need to submit a FAFSA or International Student Aid Application  in order to be considered for SWP Scholarships.
You will need to submit an application form through MyNaropa for each SWP scholarship of interest by March 22nd if you would like to be considered for an award during the first wave of registration. We will continue to consider applications after the priority deadline for any scholarships that have not been awarded.
***If you are awarded an SWP Scholarship, you must register for your selected course no later than April 15th, 2020 . Your scholarship may be re-allocated if you have not registered for the desired week(s) of SWP by the end of day on April 15th.
For general information about Naropa and Federal Student aid, please see

All students have until Friday at 5:00pm of the week prior to their SWP workshop to drop without financial or academic penalty. All students who drop after this date will be held financially responsible for the entire week.

Non-degree students cannot drop workshops themselves but instead need to contact the Registration Administrator at 303-546-3500 or 

Students may add a workshop or switch to open workshops on Mondays until 3:30pm

Students may withdraw between Friday at 5:00pm and Monday at 3:30pm, but will be financially responsible for the program and have a withdrawal (W) on their transcript. Those who withdraw from the SWP after 3:30 p.m. (MST) on Monday, will be financially responsible for their workshop and will receive a failing grade for that week.

Students may drop online, via MyNaropa, or contact the Registration Office at 303-546-3500 or .

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 2020 (7 days)

$350 for a shared room/shared apartment 

$525 for a private room/shared apartment
$700 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 is generally free, but there is an evening workshop requirement. 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:

Naropa University Registration

Re: SWP Transcript

 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.