Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

The University of Kentucky is proud to offer a two-year MFA in Creative Writing. Situated in historic Lexington and surrounded by the splendor 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. The Department of English is delighted to build upon that rich history by offering students access to a diverse faculty in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, and, in most cases, extensive teaching experience, full tuition remission, and competitive stipends.


Janet Eldred, Andrew Ewell, Manuel Gonzales, DaMaris Hill, Julia Johnson, Gurney Norman, Hannah Pittard, Erik Reece, and Frank X Walker.

2017 Writer-in-Residence

Ansel Elkins

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

  • Literary publications affiliated with the English Department (Limestone, Pluck!)
  • Excellent libraries and literary archives
  • Local and regional writers conferences of national reputation, including the Kentucky Women Writers Conference
  • 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
  • Off the Grounds Reading Series

For questions about the MFA program, please contact MFA Program Director Hannah Pittard at or contact Laura Prather in our main office at 859-257-7008.


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