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I Got Accepted Into the Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Program at EKU

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I made a decision this week. I mentioned recently that I applied to some MFA programs for creative writing. I got accepted into one of those MFA in Writing programs a few weeks ago, and it was a pretty good option. However, I got another acceptance last week – the Eastern Kentucky University Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA in Creating Writing. This was the program I was really hoping to get into, so I accepted it. I start in the summer.

Now I’m going over all of the finer details that I can at this time – the costs, the housing arrangements for the residency, the lit mag editing opprtunties, the graduate assistantship and internship opportunities, and other things. I’m excited and probably oversharing, but I don’t have any friends who find this sort of thing interesting, so you’re all just going to have to let me overshare on my blog I suppose. I think I’m mostly excited because I know now that my fiction is going to get SO MUCH BETTER over the next two years.

It’s a low-residency program, which means I go to a residency for a few weeks and then come back and do everything else remotely. I can keep a full-time job if I want, as long as they’ll work around the residency. This is good because I won’t have to relive my financial struggles of my undergrad years, unless I want to.

I’m not sure how much I’ll want to blog about it once the residencies and classes actually start, but I think parts of it will be exciting. It doesn’t start until July, and there’s a lot I don’t know, but I’ll at least try to take the occasional selfie if nothing else. I have a feeling that I won’t have time to blog much during the residency.

Until the summer, I guess I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing – blogging some, writing on occasion, and figuring out how podcasts work.

Speaking of podcasts, I posted a new “episode” of my podcast where I recap my blog, even though I didn’t blog much last week. I’m still not even sure if I’m going to keep the podcast going or not – it’s less of a podcast and more of a guy messing around with a microhpone. It is good practice, I suppose, and I guess it would be kind of cool to have a weird little podcast dating back over the years one day.




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Bluegrass Writers Studio MFA Summer Residency, 2022. Photo by Ben Keeling.

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m a bad blogger. I’m also an author. I live in Louisville, Kentucky and work at a law firm.

I’m currently a graduate student in a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Lately, I’ve been blogging about that. I also have a Master of Business Administration and have completed a few certificate programs in Human Resource related studies. Occasionally I blog about business and other MBA-related things. Blogging about my day, bad dates, or package delivery issues are also not out of the question.

I wrote a fiction collection called Crushes and self-published it because sometimes I just like to push buttons and see what happens. I think this book is pretty alright. It’s no In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway, or Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino or anything, though. But buying a copy helps me out. Feel free to leave a review on Amazon as well.

crushes by eric shay howard fiction collection book cover

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Eric’s bookshelf: currently-reading

The Silkworm
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Words of Radiance
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The Cloven Viscount
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Dark Rise
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The Gunslinger
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Mistborn: The Final Empire
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My Curriculum Vitae

You can view my full CV here, and bits and pieces of it are on my About page. A short summary of my educational and professional accomplishments are below.


Bluegrass Writers Studio Emerging Writer Award Finalist, 2022

Western Governors University Capstone Excellence Award, 2022

University of Louisville Creative Writing Scholarship Award, 2015


Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Bluegrass Writers Studio, Eastern Kentucky University, 2024 (anticipated graduation date)

Master of Business Administration, Western Governors University, 2022

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Louisville, 2017


Designated Project Manager (Project Management for the Non-Project Manager) Certificate, University of South Florida, 2023 (anticipated certificate program completion date)

Workplace and Personal Wellness Foundations Certificate, University of South Florida, 2022

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, University of South Florida, 2021

Credly Badges

Blogs and People I Like

Here are some other blogs and people that I like to read or keep up with. The order is arbitrary because I started out going for alphabetical order but then got busy with classes or something so now sometimes I just rearrange them for no reason.

Equipment Test! Podcast Artwork

I made a really bad podcast over the summer called Equipment Test! because I bought a microphone. But if you like really bad podcasts, you can listen to it here, or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other places.

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