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Story and Place in the New South

Apply Now : Residency July 6-16

7 Semesters + 5 Individual Studies + 4 Online Courses + 3 Writing Residencies + 1 Book =
A Rooted Writer Cultivated for a Place in the World



 News and Announcements:

  • Georgia English and ELA teachers can use the MFA to upgrade to Level 6 Specialist
  • Poet Richard Blanco and Author George Singleton are the Featured Writers for Residency 2017
  • Core faculty member Kathy Kincer offers internships at her poetry-based radio show Melodically Challenged


A bridge between Atlanta and the Appalachian South, the Etowah Valley is where nature meets culture and the timeless meets the timely. At Reinhardt University’s Etowah Valley Writers Institute, New South writers join to create a literature that is story-driven and grounded in the places where we live, rural and urban. Our 60-hour low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing offers classes in poetry, fiction, creative-nonfiction and scriptwriting. Work one-on-one with important writers in your genre while taking cross-genre classes that teach you the craft elements all writers need and embed you within a community of like-minded artists.

The New South is a synergy of multiple cultural traditions, an intermixture of classic Southern Gothic and the thriving Atlanta film scene, Southern environmentalism and hip-hop poetics, Appalachian bluegrass and the Mississippi blues. We believe that form is both key and constantly evolving to reflect new realities. Most of all, we believe that we all need to tell stories and to hear stories, stories that give voice and meaning to the individual and collective struggles that might otherwise tear us apart.

Our 10-day summer Residencies are intensive immersions in the writing life, with daily writing workshops, craft classes, experiential excursions into natural and urban environments, nightly readings on campus and at local venues, and one-on-one meetings with writing mentors. Our tree-lined campus in the shadow of Pine Log Mountain is the perfect writers’ retreat.



Reinhardt MFA in Creative Writing

For information about program specifics,
please contact:

William Walsh
Program Director

For admissions information, please contact:
Office of Professional Studies and Graduate Admissions