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Applying to the Program

Applying to Bluegrass Writers Studio™

Applying to Bluegrass Writers Studio is a fairly straightforward process. The program will need to review your letter of intent and writing sample, and the graduate school will need to review your academic history.

Letter of Intent and Writing Sample

Please send your letter of intent and writing sample as one document (.txt, .doc, or .docx), attached to an email to the program director, Robert Johnson  at ( In the subject line, please put MFA Letter and Writing Sample.

In your letter of intent (2-3 pages), please tell us a little about the writing sample you’re submitting—including the genre, the approximate date of the work’s most recent revision, and a sentence or two about how the work has evolved. Then, briefly summarize your background as a writer. This might include formal studies, such as an undergraduate degree in creative writing or literature, or informal studies, such as community writing groups, reading groups, or work with a mentor.

Also, please tell us about one work of literature that has impacted you in some way, briefly discussing how and why the work is meaningful to you and how it has inspired your ambition to develop as a writer. 

Finally, tell us what you hope to achieve through MFA studies and why you believe Bluegrass Writers Studio might be a good fit for you.

Though you can, and are encouraged to, work in more than one genre while in the program, your writing sample should be in the primary genre you intend to work in while a part of the program.

For fiction and creative nonfiction, send 15-25 pages (double-spaced); for poetry, send 10-15 pages (single-spaced).

Academic History

Bluegrass Writers Studio™ applicants need to have completed an undergraduate bachelor's degree. While a degree in in English is not required, and exceptions can be made for students with outstanding writing samples, applicants should have significant experience reading and thinking critically about literature.

Applicants with a 3.0+ GPA from an accredited undergraduate institution are not required to submit a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. Applicants who achieved an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 are required to submit GRE scores, though the MFA Admissions Committee reserves the right to waive any of the above requirements in the event that a writing sample is deemed exceptional and/or the applicant’s last 60 hours of undergraduate work is distinguished.

To apply to the graduate school, follow this link: apply now.

Application Deadlines

Students may enter the Bluegrass Writers Studio™ program during Fall or Spring semester, as well as during the annual summer residencies (held in June/July).

Fall: August 1
Spring: December 1
Summer International Summer Residency: March 1
Summer Domestic Summer Residency: May 1

To access the online graduate application, or for more information about EKU graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate School online or call (859) 622-1745.

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