getting serious about your writing? go PRO!

The DWC PRO program is where I began to look at my poetry with a critical eye; without it, I would not have developed a necessary faith in my work.

--Jessica Cuello, 2010 graduate of DWC PRO and author of the chapbooks Curie (Kattywompus Press, 2011) and By Fire (forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press).


DWC PRO is a two-year intensive program for creative writers who are serious about honing their craft and growing their careers. Our program is designed especially for writers who will benefit from focused study--the same kind offered by an MFA program, but without relocation or high cost.

As a DWC PRO student, you will take advanced courses, receive individual feedback, and work with established writers who will mentor you as you complete a manuscript that is publication-ready. For students with particularly demanding "real life" schedules, a three-year program track is available.

After a two-year hiatus, we will once again accept applications for new DWC PRO students in Poetry, for coursework beginning in our Winter 2018 season; we hope to add prose cohorts in Fall 2018. The postmark deadline for poetry applications is December 1, 2017.

DWC PRO Application and Information