The Graduate Program in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas offers a three-year MFA and five-year PhD in Creative Writing, with tracks in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting. During coursework, students take workshops, forms, literature, theory, and interdisciplinary courses to help prepare them for both creative work and scholarly research. By the end of their study, students produce a book-length manuscript of poetry, prose, plays, or a hybrid text.

Students regularly engage in KU and Lawrence's literary community by planning, promoting, attending, and participating in readings on and off campus. Graduate students have the opportunity to gain valuable editorial experience working with Beecher's magazine, the graduate student-run national literary journal housed at the University of Kansas. 

Funding is available for the majority of graduate students via teaching and research assistantships, and there are additional student work options on campus. As Graduate Teaching Assistants, students also have the opportunity to teach creative writing. Students receive funding from the Graduate School, the English Department, and the Student Association of Graduates in English (SAGE) to present at and to attend conferences.


PhD student David James Miller, along with authors Trudy Lewis and Molly Krause, will read for the Big Tent Reading Series tomorrow at The Raven Bookstore, beginning at 7pm.
Big Tent Reading: Trudy Lewis, Molly Krause and David Miller
Trudy Lewis is the author of the novels The Empire Rolls and Private Correspondence and a story collection, The Bones of Garbo. Her fiction has appeared in Atlantic, Best American Short Stories, Cimmaron Review, New England Review, Shenandoah, and others. She is Director of Creative Writing at the University of Missouri. Molly Krause was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in social welfare. She has spent the last twenty years as a restaurateur. She and her husband’s home-based restaurant, Krause Dining, was featured in Food & Wine Magazine, and she co-authored a cookbook in 2010 called "The Cook's Book of Intense Flavors." Her essays have been published or are forthcoming in Front Porch Review, Brain, Mother and Ragazine. David James Miller is the author of As Sequence and Facts & Other Objects and his book CANT is forthcoming from Black Radish Books. His poetry and critical writing can be found in The Cultural Society, LVNG, Moria, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Jacket2, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. He edits elis press and SET, a biannual journal of innovative poetry.

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