Creative Writing Programs

The Murray State University creative writing programs, part of the Department of English and Philosophy and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, are writing-intensive programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our programs of study combine workshop experience with courses in literature and form in order to give our students a well-rounded and broad approach to their craft. Students can earn a minor, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Murray State. Though the majority of our writing workshops are intended primarily for creative writing students, we welcome students from other areas permitted they discuss their plans with one of our faculty members in advance.


Murray State University professional and technical writing

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Creative Writing

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Creative Writing

Minor in Creative Writing

Murray State University humanities

Graduate Programs

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing

Murray State University literature

Scholarships and Fellowships

The Jesse Stuart Fellowship (Graduate Students)




Associated Faculty

 Carrie Jerrell Carrie Jerrell
Assistant Professor of English
Coordinator, Undergraduate Creative Writing Programs

Associate Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing

 Ann Neelon

Ann Neelon
Professor of English
Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing

 Pamela Johnson Parker

Pamela Johnson Parker
Undergraduate Creative Writing Instructor

 Dale Ray Phillips

Dale Ray Phillips
Former Watkins Chair in Creative Writing
Fiction Mentor, MFA Program in Creative Writing

See the MFA Program website for a complete list of master's program mentors, in all genres.