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.
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.
|CV Upload Required||Yes|
|Personal Statement Upload Required||Yes|
|Personal Statement Instructions||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 department. It should be 1-2 pages, single spaced.|
|Writing Sample Upload Required||Yes|
|Writing Sample Instructions||The writing sample should be creative work, not analytical prose, 15-20 pages, double-spaced.|
|Assistantship App Available*||Yes|
|Assistantship App URL*||Assistantship App|
|Additional Documents Instructions||N/A|
|GRE or GMAT||GRE|
|GRE Subject Test||N/A|
|Spring App Deadline||Applications not accepted.|
|Summer App Deadline||Applications not accepted.|
|Fall App Deadline||January 15|
|Number of Recommendations||3 Letters of Recommendation.|
*Optional - you may upload a blank document, if you do not intend to apply for assistance.
Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements.
Director of Creative Writing
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
251 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington KY 40506-0027
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