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M.F.A. in Creative Writing

I know what you’re thinking: Another MFA program in creative writing? Isn’t the world full of those? Aren’t they sprouting like mushrooms?

You may be right. There are a lot of graduate programs in creative writing, and graduate students today have more options than ever if they want to pursue an advanced degree. But we believe we’re building something special here at WKU, and we want to tell you about it. Read a recent story about our new program and view a video featuring our first class of MFA students.

It’s true that our program features the things you would expect to find anywhere else. We offer an intensive, two-year course of study in which students work hard to hone their craft as writers. But we also offer so much more:

  • Tracks in fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and scriptwriting;
  • Courses in creative writing pedagogy as well as readings courses dedicated to the history and the craft of creative writing;
  • A required secondary area in literature, composition and rhetoric, or teaching English as a second language that will give students greater employment options after graduation;
  • A low student to faculty ratio.

And the program is fully funded, offering generous assistantships, which will allow our MFA students to gain valuable experience tutoring and teaching. Our MFA faculty publishes widely, and they’re dedicated to their teaching. And all of this takes place on a beautiful campus in a town that is frequently cited as one of the most livable in the country.

Our first MFA cohort has been productive and successful during their time at WKU. They've had:

  • A poetry chapbook accepted for publication by Slash Pine Press
  • Internships at The Byrdcliffe Artists in Residence program in Woodstock, NY, Sarabande Books, and the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts.
  • Numerous publications in literary journals and anthologies, including Indianola Review, A Narrow Fellow, The Harpoon Review, Voicemail Poems, Microtext 2, Tammy, Sourland Mountain Review, Midwood Press, Literary Orphans, Red Earth Review, Miracle Monocle, Open 24 Hours, and Lavender Bluegrass.

If you have any questions, feel free to let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

 --- Dr. David Bell, Director of Creative Writing




Dr. David Bell
-Associate Professor & Director of Creative Writing




Application Deadline

February 1, 2019 

All application materials should be submitted electronically to The Graduate School at WKU by February 1, 2019. After completing The Graduate School’s online application, applicants will be directed to submit letters of application/statements of purpose and writing samples via email.


 For more information about the program, contact Dr. David Bell at david.j.bell@wku.edu

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