English & Creative Writing
From Pulitzer Prize winners Annie Dillard and Natasha Trethewey to bestselling author Lee Smith and Man Booker Prize recipient Kiran Desai, Hollins has long earned its place on the literary map. A remarkable number of nationally and internationally acclaimed writers have found their voices here and used them to their full potential.
At Hollins, you’ll join a new generation of authors in growing your craft and fostering a way of seeing and saying that is distinctively your own. With our multi-genre approach, you’ll develop a working knowledge in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that’s intertwined with the study of literature. And, you’ll be immersed in a diversity of writers, writing theories, and literary experiences on campus, led by a faculty whose publishing success surpasses that of any other liberal arts college.
A rich legacy. A supportive and encouraging environment. Focused exploration. This is the foundation for how students mature into authors at Hollins.
You’ll have free rein to choose your own areas of interest as an English major.
Creative Writing Major
Students will be challenged to improve their control of the English language and will be prepared for graduate study in literature, creative writing, and related fields, or for entering a career in which their communication skills will be prized.
Creative Writing Concentration
Hollins receives national recognition for our creative writing program and has a bright history of producing successful creative writing degree graduates.
Multicultural U.S. Literature Concentration
Explore and discover the diversity and multitude of identities within American culture.
Literature & Performance Concentration
Find the true meaning of art by learning to analyze the subtleties in what’s said and what’s meant.
Creative Writing Minor
The creative writing minor covers all the requirements for the major concentration without the need to satisfy the major requirements.
This 20-credit minor focuses on British and American literature.
What You'll Learn
Faculty and Peer Feedback
I chose Hollins because of the English department. From the time I arrived on campus, the faculty and my peers have offered feedback and support for my writing. Every professor motivates their students to learn and succeed inside and outside of the classroom. It prepared me to write my thesis as well as think about what I wanted to do with my future. It is what makes our English and creative writing department so special.Tori Carter
Grow Into the Writer You Are
Melding Two Disciplines
As a student of both creative writing and environmental science, melding these two interests was seamless as the professors in the creative writing department treat writing as an interdisciplinary major. They teach their students that being a writer is more than learning how to write, but more-so how to pay attention to the world around you.Isabel Houck