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

  • Class of 2016 Welcome Class of 2016! Front Row (L-R): Ellen Ray, David Cook, Miranda Jenkins, Whitney Watson, Elisabeth Booze, Taylor Kobran, Natasha Oladokun. Back Row: William Repass, Anna Caritj, Mallory Jones ...
    Posted Sep 19, 2014, 3:16 AM by Hollins Mfa
  • Class of 2015 Welcome back, Class of 2015! Front Row (L-R) : Holly Haworth, Melanie Huber, Insley Smullen, Elizabeth Caldwell, Kaia Preus, Flannery Lier, Marissa Mazek. Back Row: Elise Burke, Martha Park, Andrew ...
    Posted Sep 7, 2014, 7:54 AM by Hollins Mfa
  • Molly Jean Bennett '14 Our own Molly Jean Bennett has two new poems in Paper Darts magazine. Keep up the good work, Molly Jean!Our own Molly Jean Bennett '14 has a delicious story ...
    Posted Sep 9, 2014, 1:59 PM by Hollins Mfa
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Updates from Alumnae/i

  • R. Flowers Rivera, '95  R. Flowers Rivera, M.A. '95, has been selected as the recipient of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award for her second collection of poems titled HEATHEN (Lotus Press, 2015 ...
    Posted Nov 5, 2014, 8:37 AM by Hollins Mfa
  • Poet Dorianne Laux chooses two Hollins alums for "Best" anthology S.H. Lohmann ’08, M.F.A. ’12 and Brittney Scott M.F.A. ’10 are two of the poets whose work is featured in Best New Poets 2014, an ...
    Posted Aug 27, 2014, 10:13 AM by Hollins Mfa
  • Mike Allen, M.A. '94 Mike Allen's debut short fiction collection will be out with Antimatter Press in October. These fourteen tales of horror are just in time for Halloween. Publishers Weekly gave the ...
    Posted Aug 15, 2014, 7:27 PM by Hollins Mfa
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Other Readings & Events


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