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.


MFA student Nathan Smith, alongside writer Jake Vail and playwright Michelle Johnson, read at The Raven Bookstore last night for the Big Tent Reading Series.

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Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See http://bit.ly/1xjjwJj). For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See http://bit.ly/1BoL9jv) The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (http://bit.ly/14fiBPl), associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.


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