College of Arts & Sciences

Creative Writing - Graduate

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College of Arts & Sciences

Situated in historic Lexington and surrounded by the awesomeness of thoroughbred horse farms and bourbon distilleries, the University enjoys a rich literary heritage dating back to 1947, when Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist A.B. Guthrie first offered courses in fiction. Graduates of the English Department include Bobbie Ann Mason, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Wendell Berry, Kayla Rae Whitaker, Patrick O’Keefe, Holly Goddard Jones, and James Baker Hall. The MFA Program in Creative Writing builds upon that rich history by offering students access to a diverse faculty in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

Master's Program Description

The MFA in Creative Writing is a two-year program with a flexible and interdisciplinary approach, combining a studio/research curriculum. The UK MFA in Creative Writing places equal emphasis on fostering the artistic process of the MFA student, as well as his or her literary study and related creative or scholarly work. 

Master's Application Requirements

CV, Personal Statement ( The statement of purpose should discuss your creative interest, the specific genre(s) you would like to pursue, and how your interests and goals fit with the English Department. It should be 1-2 pages, single-spaced.), Writing Sample ( The writing sample should be creative work, not analytical prose, 15 - 20 pages, double-spaced.), GRE

Additional Requirements

3 Letters of Recommendation.

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Application Deadlines

Fall: January 15th

Applications are not accepted for the Spring and Summer sessions.


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