Creative Writing Programs & Events

11th Week Colloquium

The 11th Week Colloquium was designed as a way for undergraduates to meet faculty and find out about course listings for the upcoming term. During the 11th week, all creative writing courses are canceled and students attend the 11th Week Colloquium, a three hour event with an hour each devoted to fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Each hour begins with a panel discussion during which creative writing faculty offer their views on a story, grouping of poems, and essay. The presentation is followed by an opportunity for students to ask questions, and each hour ends with an informal reception.

Time to Write

This informal writing time is open to MFAs, undergrad creative writing majors, and faculty every other Wednesday from 12:00-1:30, beginning the second week of the semester. Time to Write takes place in the beautiful and historic Zimmerman Library Westwing Reading Room located on the north/west side of the library.


Two or three graduate students read with visiting and/or core creative writing faculty at R.B. Winnings Coffeehouse, 111 Central Avenue. Works-in-Progress take place three times a semester, always on Fridays at 7:00.

Reading Series

Each year the creative writing program hosts a Reading Series that includes workshops as well as literary and social events for our students. Last year, we were pleased to host workshops by Robert Hass, Arthur Sze, Stefi Weisburd, Junot Diaz, Robin Romm, Danny Solis, and others. This fall, the guest list for our Reading Series includes Sherman Alexie, Tom Sleigh, Margaret Atwood, Lori Ostlund, and Greg Mortenson.

Students in the creative writing program are also able to attend readings at the Lensic Theatre in Santa Fe sponsored by the Lannan Foundation, which offers tickets to our students free of charge.

The creative writing program’s reading series has recently been expanded to include author dinners and workshops with students in the creative writing program—both at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Undergraduate Lunchtime Reading Series

The Undergraduate Lunchtime Reading Series is an open-mic for undergraduates enrolled in creative writing workshops. There are four each semester, always on Wednesdays at 12:00 noon, starting the 8th week of classes. Pizza is served and students can come to read or as audience members to support their peers

Community Service

MFA students in their third year of study may elect to participate in a community service project. Students receive English 598 credits (3) for internships teaching writing workshops at local high schools and at the Bernalillo County Detention Center, and for arts administration work in local galleries and public spaces.