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Welcome to the Summer Writing Program Registration Pages  
for non-degree students
*Current Naropa students must log in and click on the Student tab to register
The 2018 Program dates are: June 10th - June 30th, 2018 
The 2017 program dates were: June 11, 2017 - July 1 , 2017 
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                                                                        



The 2017 Summer Writing Program will run from June 11, 2017 through July 1, 2017.

Registration for the Summer Writing Program starts via the Public Registration tab in MyNaropa.  On the left, click on the SWP Registration Form 2017 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. For-credit pricing is $995 per credit with 2 credits per week for both graduate and undergraduate students.

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 2017 Payment Deadlines For Each Week of  SWP: 
  • Week 1-   06/08/2017
  • Week 2-   06/15/2017
  • Week 3-   06/22/2017

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.
We have extended the 2017 Summer Writing Program scholarship application to April 15th, 2017. In order to access and complete the scholarship application, you must register at, no later than 12pm on Thursday April 13th. This will ensure that the Registration Coordinator, Leticia Benally ( can send you login credentials for MyNaropa the following business day, so that you can apply for the scholarship before the April 15th deadline.
Students will need to submit an application form through MyNaropa for each SWP scholarship of interest by April 15th. 
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 2017:

$TBA per week (shared room)

$TBA per week (private room) 

$TBA 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.