Creative Writing Program

Information about the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisville.

The Creative Writing Program at U of L offers a variety of creative writing courses covering the major genres of poetry, fiction, drama and creative nonfiction at the graduate and undergraduate level.

At the undergraduate level, we offer a full range of Creative Writing courses that guide the student through Introductory to Advanced courses, with Special Topics courses along the way. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Master Classes with notable visiting writers.

At the graduate level, we offer an MA with a concentration in Creative Writing where students take a variety of courses, including Graduate Level Creative Writing Workshops. These students have the opportunity to participate in Master Classes with notable visiting writers. The MA features a choice between a thesis or a non-thesis option.

The  Creative Writing program hosts several visiting writers each semester through the Anne & William Axton reading series. In addition to the public reading given by each writer, as mentioned above, the series affords students an opportunity to have their work read and critiqued in master classes led by these distinguished fiction writers, poets, and playwrights. Recent visiting writers include Terrance Hayes, Junot Diaz, Brian Teare, George Saunders, Kim Edwards, Maureen Howard, Colson Whitehead, Galway Kinnell, Edmund White, Cleopatra Mathis and Erin Belieu.

The Creative Writing program awards more than $20,000 in creative writing scholarships annually among exceptional, active students. The program also sponsors the Calvino Prize, an international contest which honors two writers of outstanding pieces of fiction in the fabulist, experimentalist style of Italo Calvino.


Ian Stansel
Director of Creative Writing

318 D Bingham Humanities
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky 40292
Phone: (502) 852-5921
Fax: (502) 852-4182 


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