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WKU to celebrate new MFA in Creative Writing on Aug. 27

WKU will celebrate its new Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing with a special ceremony on Aug. 27.

The English Department will welcome the program’s first six students during the ceremony at 4 p.m. in Cherry Hall, room 125.

Hailing from Arizona, California, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Texas, the students are fully funded with teaching assistantships for the two-year, residential course of study. The students are Clinton Craig of Flagstaff, Arizona; Allison Adams of Laguna Niguel, California; Will Hollis of Fort Mitchell; Leigh Cheak of Versailles; Lena Ziegler of Mountaintop, Pennsylvania; and Erin Slaughter of Denton, Texas.

Students will have options to study the craft of writing their own fiction, non-fiction, poetry or scripts and complete a comprehensive core curriculum designed to improve their professionalization.

Department Head and Professor of English Rob Hale has been impressed with how well faculty have worked together to create a curriculum that benefits all of the department’s concentrations. “MFA students will mostly work with creative writing faculty, but they will also take courses with our literature and composition faculty,” he said. “Our Teaching English Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate could be particularly attractive to MFA students. ”

Director of Creative Writing and Associate Professor of English David Bell will introduce the six MFA candidates at the ceremony, and Professor of English Mary Ellen Miller will read a new poem written to commemorate the launch, “Plain Song for Our MFA Students.”

The English Department will host a short reception immediately following the ceremony. All members of the WKU community are welcome to attend.

Contact: Rob Hale, (270) 745-3043

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