Hollins to Launch Creative Writing Major in 2018-19
Hollins’ Jackson Center for Creative Writing, which offers both a concentration and a minor in creative writing in addition to a Master of Fine Arts degree in the field, is introducing an undergraduate major in creative writing, beginning in the 2018-19 academic year.
Hollins Professor’s New Novel Garners Considerable Attention
Associate Professor of English Elizabeth Poliner’s new novel, “As Close to Us as Breathing,” has been named an Amazon Best Book for March 2016 and is one of four new releases this month that W magazine calls “must reads.” Reviews are forthcoming in The New York Times as well on NPR.org and in People, Good Housekeeping, and Washingtonian magazines.
Hollins Writers Make National Book Awards Shortlists
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing Karen E. Bender and Sally Mann ’74, M.A. ’75 are finalists in the Fiction and Nonfiction categories, respectively, for this year’s National Book Awards.
Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop/Online Introduces New Eight-Week Session
The program continues its focus on helping writers generate new work and its non-credit workshops are now offered at a lower cost.
Two Hollins Authors Are Among This Year’s “Best New Poets”
Works by S.H. Lohmann ’08, M.F.A. ’12 and Brittney Scott M.F.A. ’10 will be featured in the annual anthology, which showcases 50 poems from emerging writers.
Carrie Brown Named Finalist for the Library of Virginia’s 2014 Fiction Award
Hollins’ Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing has won the Emyl Jenkins Sexton Literary Award for Fiction twice previously, in 2001 and 2005.
Two Hollins Alumni Among Best New Poets for 2013
“Beyond Measure” by Meighan L. Sharp M.F.A. ’11 and “Walking, Talking, Singing” by Chad Temples M.F.A. ’08 will be featured in the Best New Poets annual anthology.
Hollins Debuts Online Writing Classes in Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
The Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop/Online offers 10-week courses, taught by published authors and experienced teachers, to adult writers of all abilities.
Hollins Writers Karen Osborn and Shelby Smoak Win Gold IPPY Awards
Karen Osborn ’79 shared the gold medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards’ Popular Fiction category for her novel, “Centerville,” while Shelby Smoak M.A. ’99 received the gold in the Autobiography/Memoir III (Personal Struggle/Health Issues) category for “Bleeder: A Memoir.”
Karen McElmurray Selected as Hollins’ Writer-in-Residence for 2014
An alumna of Hollins’ graduate program in creative writing, McElmurray is the author of “Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey,” winner of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs Award in Creative Nonfiction.
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