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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)
Please Note: Public Registration for SWP officially begins Monday, March 16th. The registration forms you see listed on the left of the page will be activated at that time. If you have questions about SWP content or specific details, please contact Kyle Pivarnik at .
  This years program dates are: June 14th - July 11th , 2015

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 visa versa.


Week 1  (06/15/2015 - 06/20/2015)                                                           


Section A: Aaron Cohick PRINTSHOP                       

Section B: Ruth Ellen Kocher                                                                                   

Section C: Laird Hunt                                                                                 

Section D: Samuel Delany                                                                                 

Section E: Rachel Levitsky                                                                                             

Section F: Selah Saterstrom & Kristin Nelson                                                              

Section G: Rachel Blau Du Plessis                                                                            

Section H: Sherwin Bitsui                                                                                            

Section I: Noah Eli Gordon                                                                           

Section J: Rosa Alcala                                                           


Week 2  (06/22/2015 - 06/27/2015)

Section A: Julia Seko PRINTSHOP 

Section B: Janet Hamill

Section C: Joanne Kyger

Section D: C.S. Giscombe

Section E: Eleni Sikelianos

Section F: Jennifer Moxley & Steve Evans

Section G: Eileen Myles

Section H: Kyoo Lee

Section I: Omar Berrada & Sarah Riggs

Section J: Vincent Katz


Week 3  (06/29/2015 - 07/04/2015)                                                         

Section A: Kyle Schlessinger PRINTSHOP                                                                                                                               

Section B: Julianna Spahr                                                                                           

Section C: Bhanu Kapil & Andrea Spain                                                                                 

Section D: Steven Taylor                                                              

Section E: Allison Hedge Coke                                                                                     

Section F: Marcella Durand & Rich O'Russa                                                                                     

Section G: Margret Randall

Section H: Bernadette Mayer & Phillip Good                                                                              

Section I: Jonathan Skinner                                                                                 

Section J: Mark Nowak                                                                                                                                                         


Week 4  (07/6/2015 - 07/11/2015)

Section A: Brad O’Sullivan PRINTSHOP

Section B: Kameron Bashi

Section C: Ronaldo Wilson

Section D: Clark Coolidge

Section E: Thurston Moore

Section F: LaTasha Diggs

Section G: Thomas Sayers Ellis

Section H: Lydia Lunch

Section I:Fred Molten

Section J: Anne Waldman & Ha-Yang







The 2015 Summer Writing Program will run from June 14th through July 11th.

Registration for the Summer Writing Program occurs via the Public Registration tab in MyNaropa.  On the left, click either the For-Credit Registrationor Non-Credit Registration. You will then use the drop down menu to register for the section associated with the faculty member whose workshop you want to take each week.

 You will select your top three choices for each week. 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.


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:

 Kyle Pivarnik 


 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 Andrea Rexilius 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.

Payment is preferred at the time of registration, but is not due until the Thursday prior to the start of the week you are attending. Here are the 2015 Thursday deadline dates for each week of  SWP: 
  • Week 1 - 6/11/2014
  • Week 2 - 6/18/2014
  • Week 3 - 6/25/2014
  • Week 4 - 7/02/2014

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 by March 1 in order to be considered

for any forms of institutional or federal aid. The FAFSA is available at The

international student financial aid application is available at


Non-Degree-Seeking 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 at
For more information on the Summer Writing Program Scholarships, please visit: 

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 this year’s rates:

Summer Housing Rates 2014:

$350 per week (shared room)

$525 per week (private room) 

$700 per week (private apartment)

More information can be found here:

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

A typical daily schedule looks something like this:

 9:30am-12pm morning session.

12-1pm lunch break.

1-5pm panels, lectures, ect.

5-7pm dinner break.

7-10pm readings.

  Go to MyNaropa ( )

Enter your login information; (previously sent to your email address in a confirmation email)

Click on the Public Registration tab;

Click on “Changes to your SWP Schedule” link, found under the Summer Writing Program header in the middle section of the page.

Course Search icon towards the bottom of the page;

Under Open”

Add/Drop Courses (change sections/add/drop a week of the SWP):

Adding a Course: Add a different section by clicking on “Add by Course Code” and typing in the course number & section OR search for the list of courses using Course Search (See Summer Courses and Seat Availability above). Click the box next to the course and hit the “Add Selected Courses” button;

Click on  Dropping a Course:  Drop the current section from your schedule by clicking the box next to the course and hitting the “Drop Selected Courses. Please see the next FAQ for more in-depth information on dropping a week.   


Non-credit students have until Friday at 3:30 of the previous week to drop the SWP  without financial penalty. Non-credit students must drop the course online or contact the registration coordinator at 303-546-3511 or If a non-credit student chooses to withdraw from the SWP AFTER 3:30pm on Monday, the student will be financially responsible for the entire week.
All for-credit students have until Friday at 3:30pm of the previous week to drop the SWP without suffering financial or academic penalty. Students who drop the course on Tuesday will not receive a refund and will have a withdrawal listed on their transcripts. Students who drop Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday will fail the course. Students must drop the online via MyNaropa or contact the registration coordinator at 303-546-3511 or If a student does not complete the necessary paperwork, s/he will be held both financially and academically responsible for the entire week. In the event of a medical emergency, students must contact the SWP office by the deadline. 
Refunds can take 7-10 days to process.