College of Arts & Sciences

Creative Writing - Graduate

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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 Gurney Norman, Frank X Walker, Bobbie Ann Mason, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Wendell Berry, Kayla Rae Whitaker, Maurice Manning, Bianca Spriggs, 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

Creative Writing Master's (MFA) Degree - Application Requirements
CV Upload Required Yes
CV Instructions N/A
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 Subject Test N/A
Spring App Deadline Applications not accepted.
Summer App Deadline Applications not accepted.
Fall App Deadline February 1
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.




Admission Officer Contact Information

Maureen Barker

201D Gillis