Rubin Writing Semester

Hollins offers a one-semester intensive program in creative writing and modern literature every spring for undergraduate students from other institutions. Rubin Writers join other student writers and a faculty of regularly publishing novelists, short story writers, poets, and scholars.

Visiting student writers take a full semester of course work (four, 4-credit courses), including writing workshops, creative writing electives, and intermediate or advanced courses related to individual interests, at least one of which should be in 20th- and 21st-century literature.

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The program is named in honor of Louis D. Rubin Jr., who was the nation’s best-known scholar and publisher of southern literature. Rubin founded Hollins’ graduate program in creative writing.

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To Apply

Admission to the program, offered each spring, is competitive and requires:

  • Manuscript: 10 – 30 pages of poetry, fiction, or both
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from an instructor familiar with your writing
  • Transcript
  • Application deadline: October 31

Send application materials to:
Rubin Writing Committee, Hollins University, Box 9707,  7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24020