The Jackson Center for Creative Writing is home to Hollins’ undergraduate and graduate writing programs, which have produced dozens of writers of national and international acclaim.
Undergraduate Minor in Creative Writing
Undergraduate students who major in English can minor in creative writing, taking classes from Hollins faculty members, who are themselves published writers in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
M.F.A. in Creative Writing
This two-year Master of Fine Arts program offers an individualized approach in an atmosphere of cooperation and encouragement.
People to Know
The Center's Director
Thorpe Moeckel, associate professor of English, directs the center. The author of a forthcoming trilogy of long poems, Arcadia Road, as well as a book of nonfiction, Moeckel came to Hollins in 2005.
The Center’s Benefactors
In 2008, Susan Gager Jackson ’68 and her husband, John Jackson, gave Hollins $5 million to found the center. Susan Jackson is the author of Through a Gate of Trees: Poems (2007) and the chapbook, All The Light In Between (2013).
Lee Smith ’67; Pulitzer Prize winners Annie Dillard ’67, M.A. ’68; Henry Taylor M.A. ’66; and Natasha Trethewey M.A. ’91 (shown in photo). Trethewey served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014. Kiran Desai M.A. ’94 won both the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The fiction of Madison Smartt Bell M.A. ’81 has been recognized by a Strauss Living Award.