Graduate Program in Creative Writing

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Tour the City

Located near Kansas City, Lawrence is an artistically and culturally rich community. Well-known writers, such as Marilynn Robinson, Laura Moriarty, and Daniel Woodrell, among others, frequently schedule readings and book signings in downtown Lawrence. In addition to hearing visiting writers read, students will find regular opportunities to share their work with each other and the community. During the academic year, graduate creative-writing students congregate regularly to read their work for the “Writers’ Readings” series. Each graduate creative-writing student is asked to do one reading a year, but one a semester is encouraged. This allows students to get their work out to the public and to develop a writing community that can continue to grow beyond the walls of the university.

The Lawrence bar and club venue is a "hoppin" environment. Many bands come thru places such as the Granada, The Replay, The Bottleneck, and Abe and Jakes. A good place to check is at, where you can also find information on restaurants, movies, and random entertainment bits all geared toward the local Lawrence community. In addition, KU's acclaimed Lied Center for the performing arts schedules world-class artists in music and dance throughout the academic year.

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