The Writer's Life at Hollins University

Welcome to The Writer's Lifea site devoted to providing a glimpse of what it's like to live and work at the historic campus of Hollins University, home to the Jackson Center for Creative Writing.
Since its creation more than 50 years ago, the Creative Writing program continues to fulfill the goals of its founder, Louis D. Rubin, Jr.:  To nurture and encourage the finest writers in the nation. With a roster of noteworthy alums and publications too weighty to fit here, it's no wonder the Creative Writing program inspires such praise as "pound for pound the most productive writing program in America," (from Creative Writing in America).
"Hollins is constantly pushing you to write outside of your comfort zone," said one M.F.A. student in an interview, "....I guarantee this will force you to evolve as a writer." 

"It's the best thing I've ever done!" another student wrote in her blog.

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News & Announcements

  • Molly Jean Bennett '14 Our own Molly Jean Bennett has two new poems in Paper Darts magazine. Keep up the good work, Molly Jean!
    Posted Apr 9, 2014, 5:23 AM by Hollins Mfa
  • Professor Carrie Brown Our own Distinguished Visiting Professor Carrie Brown was interviewed by Sarah McConnell of With Good Reason. They talk about her forthcoming novel The Stargazer's Sister.
    Posted Apr 2, 2014, 6:31 AM by Hollins Mfa
  • Professor Jeanne Larsen Our beloved professor (and benevolent overlord) Jeanne Larsen has a poem in Shenandoah. Keep up the good work, Jeanne! 
    Posted Mar 26, 2014, 11:28 AM by Hollins Mfa
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Updates from Alumnae/i

  • Frances Fuller, M.A. '81 WestBow Press has published Frances Fuller's In Borrowed Houses. This book is based on the twenty-four years Frances spent living in Lebanon. 
    Posted Apr 15, 2014, 7:51 AM by Hollins Mfa
  • Jen Fawkes '10 Our own Jen Fawkes has a mythic mind-blower of a story  in Salamander Magazine's Winter issue. Way to go, Jen!
    Posted Mar 26, 2014, 11:40 AM by Hollins Mfa
  • Eric Thompson '13 Our own Eric Thompson '13 has a short story in the most recent Blackbird and another in Bodega Magazine. We're proud of you, Eric!
    Posted Dec 3, 2013, 8:16 AM by Hollins Mfa
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Other Readings & Events


Hollins Graduate Program in Creative Writing: Fifty Years of Helping Writers Find Their Way.