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Hollins University

Jackson Center for Creative Writing

Contact Information:

Mailing address:

PO Box 9603

Roanoke, VA 24020-1603

Physical address:

8009 Hill House Court

Roanoke, VA 24019

Website: www.hollins.edu/jacksoncenter/

Program director: Dr. Jeanne Larsen

Program contact: Hollins University Graduate Center

Phone: (540) 362-6575

Email: hugrad@hollins.edu

Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: residency

Length of program: 2 years

Genres: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction

Enrollment: 24

Total credits required: 48

Application deadlines: January 6

Scholarships available: yes (see website)

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Carrie Brown; R. H. W. Dillard; Cathryn Hankla; Jeanne Larsen; Thorpe Moeckel; Elizabeth Poliner; Eric Trethewey; T.J. Anderson, III; Pauline Kaldas; Marilyn Moriarty; Julie Pfeiffer

Visiting faculty: Rebecca McClanahan, spring 2015

Publishing/editing courses: no

Literary magazine: The Hollins Critic

Reading series: yes (see website)

Recent visiting writers: Eduardo C. Corral, Lydia Davis, Mark Doty, Rebecca Dunham, Cornelius Eady, Nick Flynn, Alice Fulton, Joy Harjo, Ben Lerner, Francine Prose, Will Schutt, Lyrae Van Clief-Stephanon

Program description: For well over fifty years, the highly regarded Hollins grad program has supported lively and determined writers who want to concentrate on craft. Our intensive two-year studio/hybrid MFA program helps you find your way in an atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement. Our 24 college-graduate students work successfully in poetry, short fiction, novels, and creative nonfiction—and between genres, too. If you like to write, say, both stories and essays, this is your kind of place. If you want to focus on, for example, poetry or a novel, of course you can, but you'll find yourself going elsewhere now and then. As one recent student told us: "I love the multi-genre focus. Working in other genres really helped me."

In tutorials, in small workshops, and in one-on-one sessions with a thesis advisor, Hollins MFAers learn how to keep the new work coming, while they're making last week's first draft better. We expect them to spend time reading published work as well and to think about how it works. If someone's got a yen for criticism, that's an option, too. But above all, this is a program for people who really want to write.

Our alums have a remarkably high record of publication. We're also known for our strong sense of community, our varied co-curricular program, and, yes, the beauty of the Roanoke Valley. Our faculty writers take time to work with students. That same student wrote: "There is a very supportive and non-competitive vibe here." To learn more, check the Hollins website, like the Jackson Center's Facebook page, and see our FAQs at sites.google.com/site/hollinsmfa/home/mfa-faqs.


last updated 04/10/2014