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Creative Writing

Whether you are an undergraduate student beginning to explore your writing or a graduate student looking to refine your craft or propel your career, we have a program to help you reach your goals. Become an accomplished writer, reader and critical thinker.

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Undergraduate Creative Writing

BA English | Creative Writing Path

How to Make Every Creative Writing Course Count
  1. Take ENG 306 Intro to Creative Writing (qualifies as a FREE ELECTIVE for English Majors)
  2. Choose at least two, and as many as five, courses from the following:
    *ENG 407 Advanced Poetry Workshop
    *ENG 408 Advanced Fiction Workshop
    *ENG 409 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
    *ENG 420 Stylistics, Editing, Publishing
    *ENG 503/04 Creative Writing Workshop/Mentorship.
    All five courses count towards the 18 cr. hrs. of ENGLISH ELECTIVES for English Majors.
  3. After completing at least 2 courses in step 2, take ENG 490 Creative Writing Capstone as one of your required CORE COURSES.
  4. Take all your other required courses along the way too, of course, and graduate prepared to enter a top MFA in Creative Writing program and with the skills to work in advertising, business, publishing, and many other fields where critical thinking, editing, and writing skills are important.
When Creative Writing Courses Are Offered
  • ENG 306 Introduction to Creative Writing (Pre-req for all other CW courses. Offered fall and spring.)
  • ENG 407 Advanced Poetry Workshop (Offered in spring)
  • ENG 408 Advanced Fiction Workshop (Offered in spring)
  • ENG 409 Creative Nonfiction Workshop (Offered in fall)
  • ENG 420 Stylistics, Editing, and Publishing (Aurora Online Magazine. Offered in spring)
  • ENG 490 Creative Writing Capstone (Offered in fall)
  • ENG 503/504 Summer Creative Writing Conference/Mentorship (8-day residency offered in summer)
Where to Find Us*

*At least twice a semester, you can also find faculty and students enjoying good food and good literature at the Pages & Pints Reading Series, downtown at Apollo Pizza (228 S Second St)

How EKU Alumni Have Fared

Since 2008, students taking a creative writing path have been accepted into reputable MFA in creative writing programs across the country—many receiving partial or full funding—including:

  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Columbia University
  • EKU / Bluegrass Writers Studio
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Emerson College
  • New York University
  • Pacific University
  • Stony Brook University
  • The New School
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Mississippi
  • Warren Wilson College
  • West Virginia University
Who to Contact with Questions

Contact Robert Dean Johnson, Program Director (Mattox 302): [email protected] | 859.622.6263

M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Welcome to the virtual home of the MFA program in creative writing at Western Kentucky University. We know that there are a lot of choices for students who wish to study creative writing at the next level, but allow us just a moment to tell you about our program because we believe we’re building something special here at WKU.

And we’re pleased to announce that our MFA program is now three years long, giving our students even more time to hone their craft, develop as teachers and tutors, and gain valuable experience that will lead to increased opportunities on the job market. We also offer:

  • 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.

We have enough funding for five assistantships each year, which allow many of 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.

Since the program’s founding in 2015, our students have accomplished quite a bit:

  • A poetry collection published by New Rivers Press
  • Chapbooks published by dancing girl press and Slash Line Press
  • Multiple acceptances into prestigious PhD programs around the country
  • Post-graduation jobs in publishing and academia
  • 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 Prairie Schooner, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Black Warrior Review, and River Teeth

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