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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing





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.






Home of New Limestone Reviewthe UK MFA Visiting Writers Series, and the UK MFA Creative Writing Residency at the Mill House

MFA candidates will enjoy many of the benefits of UK's excellent literary tradition, including:

  • Excellent libraries and literary archives
  • Local and regional writers conferences of national reputation, including the Kentucky Women Writers Conference
  • Internship opportunities
  • Affiliation with The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning
  • The University Press of Kentucky
  • Campus and local bookstores, which support special events with visiting writers, faculty, and student authors
  • Affiliated programs in Appalachian Studies, African American and Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, and Gender & Women Studies
  • Graphite Creative Writing Association

For questions about the MFA program, please contact MFA Program Director Andrew Milward

To watch a recording of a free, community creative nonfiction workshop with Prof. Erik Reece from Dec 2021, please visit: