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Writing Programs in Kentucky
Some Resources for Students and Teachers

Looking for a school or writing conference? The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is a membership organization for institutions that teach writing, writing conferences, and individual writers. The Member Writing Programs page lists affiliated college and university writing programs across the country.

Writing workshops and conferences are frequently listed on our Kentucky events calendar, as well as in the Kentucky Literary Newsletter edited by Charlie Hughes. You can sign up to receive the newsletter by e-mail.

Through KET ED on Demand: A variety of reading and writing programs for K-12 students can be found through KET ED on Demand. They include such KET productions as Everyday Voices: Adult Writers’ Workshop, a five-part series with Kentucky author George Ella Lyon; Write Ideas, a series of three-minute idea starters with poet Aleda Shirley; and the biography series Signature, which includes profiles of Bobbie Ann Mason, Ed McClanahan, and four other contemporary Southern writers.

Kentucky colleges: Here are some of the college and university writing programs in Kentucky:

  • The University of Kentucky Writing Program is, of course, the alma mater of the Living by Words authors.
    The University of Kentucky
    Department of English
    The Writing Program
    1221 Patterson Office Tower
    Lexington, KY 40506-0027
    (859) 257-7002
    Fax: (859) 323-1072
    write@uky.edu

  • Morehead State University offers a minor in creative writing.
    Dr. Mark Minor
    Morehead State University
    Creative Writing Program
    Box 645
    Morehead, KY 40351

  • Murray State University offers several options in creative writing and administers the Purchase Area Writing Project for teachers.
    Peter Murphy
    Murray State University
    English Department
    P.O. Box 9
    Murray, KY 42071-0009
    (270) 762-2401

  • Northern Kentucky University administers the Northern Kentucky Writing Project, which includes a young authors program and a summer institute for teachers.
    Northern Kentucky Writing Project
    Northern Kentucky University
    502 Landrum
    Highland Heights, KY 41099
    (859) 572-6618

  • The Spalding University Creative Writing Program offers a two-year, brief-residency MFA in writing.
    Sena Jeter Naslund
    Spalding University
    851 S. Fourth St.
    Louisville, KY 40203
    (502) 585-9911, ext. 2423
    Fax: (502) 585-5178
    mfa@spalding.edu

  • The University of Louisville offers various undergraduate programs as well as a master of arts in English, in which students can choose from three areas of concentration: literature, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing.
    Jeffrey T. Skinner
    University of Louisville
    Creative Writing Program
    English/Brigham Humanities 315
    Louisville, KY 40292
    (502) 852-6801
    Fax: (502) 852-4182

  • Western Kentucky University’s WKU Writing Project offers workshops, an idea exchange, and other in-service programs for teachers in southcentral Kentucky.
    WKU Writing Project
    English Department
    109C Cherry Hall
    Western Kentucky University
    Bowling Green, KY 42101
    (270) 745-6587
    Writing.Project@wku.edu