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.







DaMaris B. Hill
Julia M. Johnson
Andrew Malan Milward
Erik Reece
Frank X Walker
Crystal E. Wilkinson


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

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
  • 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 Frank Walker at




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