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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Programs at Reinhardt University

College of Humanities, Sciences, and Technology
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Story and Place in the South

  • 2-year/60-hour Program
  • Study One-on-One with Award-Winning Writers
  • Online Courses
  • 3 Writing Residencies
  • Beautiful Rural Campus Nestled in the Etowah Valley

Who Will You Study With?

Core Writing Faculty

2024 Visiting Writers

Past Visiting Writers

The Etowah Valley is a bridge between Atlanta and the Appalachian South, where nature meets culture. At Reinhardt University’s Etowah Valley Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program writers create a literature that is story-driven and grounded in the places where we live, whether rural or urban. Reinhardt is the only higher education institution in Georgia offering a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing. Our 60-hour low-residency MFA in Writing offers classes in poetry, fiction, creative-nonfiction/memoir, and scriptwriting (film, TV, and stage).

Over the course of two years, each student works one-on-one with published writers in their genre. They also take cross-genre classes that teach the craft elements and several online courses with other students during the residency. Each summer, students visit our beautiful campus in North Georgia for a 10-day intensive residency to be immerses in writing daily writing workshops, craft classes, experiential excursions into natural and urban environments, and nightly readings on campus from our visiting writers. A very important component is the one-on-one meetings with writing mentors to discuss in-depth each student’s creative work. Our tree-lined campus is nestled in the shadow of Pine Log Mountain for the perfect writing experience.

English and Language Arts teachers in Georgia middle and high schools can use Reinhardt University’s MFA to upgrade to a Level 6 Specialist Degree for the purposes of promotion and salary increases. Teachers need to have been previously certified in either English or middle grades language arts or have passed the GACE in English or Language Arts before completion of the degree. The program is listed in the Georgia Professional Standards Commission Certificate Upgrade Advisor under Specialist Level 6 for English and middle grades Language Arts.

Our students travel from all over the United States to attend the summer residency to learn from some of the finest writers. In doing so, they embody a unique mixture of cultural traditions and lifestyles. Amid the thriving Atlanta film scene and Southern environmentalism, we believe in the art of storytelling that develops voice and meaning to the individual artist.

What You’ll Learn at RU

With one-on-one instruction from award-winning professors, the creative writing student can begin at any level and work toward publishing a manuscript. From the beginning draft and planning, through revision and editing, students are guided through the professional process of writing and publishing.

By the time you graduate with an MFA, you will:

  • Demonstrate mastery of structure and form in their chosen genre
  • Demonstrate mastery of style, including diction, syntax and tone
  • Demonstrate mastery of image in concrete description and figurative language
  • Demonstrate mastery of character, point of view and voice
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze craft elements in literary works within their chosen genre
  • Demonstrate the ability to constructively critique the work of their peers
  • Demonstrate the ability to prepare and submit their work for publication and performance
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct and document scholarly research

MFA Classes You’ll Take

Here are just a few of the classes you will take while pursuing your degree:

  • Writer’s Workshop: Poetry, Prose, or Script
  • Reading Place
  • Creative Writing I, II, and III
  • Reading Story
  • Reading Image
  • Reading Voice
  • Reading Dialogue
  • Reading Criticism

Possible Careers

  • Writer
  • Creative Writer
  • Web Designer
  • Curator
  • Video Game Designer
  • Video Game Content Editor
  • Concept Artist
  • UX Designer
  • Printmaker
  • Freelance Writer
  • Advertising Designer
  • VFX Artist
  • Script Doctor

Creative Writing Program Details

Tuition and Fees

Reinhardt’s affordable tuition helps you get the personal attention and real-world experiences that will give you a competitive edge in the creative writing job market.

Based on the 2023-24 RU Catalog, the fee per credit hours is $560 (this fee is subject to change). The Catalog includes:

  • Convocation of Artists and Scholars
  • Creative Writing Club
  • English Honor Society – Sigma Tau Delta
  • Tutoring in the Center for Student Success
  • Editor of the student literary journal, Sanctuary
  • Participant in off-campus literary events, such as viewing plays at the Alliance Theatre
  • Meeting local, national, and international authors

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Nearly all students at Reinhardt University receive some sort of financial aid or scholarship. Find out what options you may be eligible for.

Summer Residency

Reinhardt University’s MFA in Creative Writing Summer Residency is a vibrant two-week gathering held in the last weeks of June. This residency brings together MFA students, esteemed faculty members, and renowned visiting writers on our picturesque campus, nestled in the heart of creative inspiration within the foothills of the North Georgia mountains.

Immerse yourself in a supportive and collaborative environment as you reside together in campus dormitories, fostering camaraderie and community among fellow writers. During this enriching event, participants engage in workshops, seminars, and discussions led by experienced faculty members and guest speakers, providing invaluable insights and guidance to help nurture your craft.

Throughout the residency, you’ll have the opportunity to learn, grow, and write alongside peers who share your passion for creative expression. Whether you’re honing your skills in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or another genre, the Reinhardt University MFA Summer Residency offers a unique blend of instruction, inspiration, and connection to support your artistic journey.

Come join us for an unforgettable experience where creativity flourishes, friendships form, and writers thrive.

The Low-Residency Model

The Low-Residency model allows students to pursue their writing aspirations while maintaining their commitments to career and family.  In late June, on three occasions over the course of their study, students come to the Reinhardt campus for the 10-day Residency. In the intervening semesters, they are enrolled in an independent study with a writing mentor and in four online courses with instructors and their fellow students.

There are three residencies during the student’s MFA Program: at the beginning, middle, and end. Prior to the first residency, new students arrive on campus for a one-day orientation program and practice workshop.  At their final residency, students conduct a craft lecture and give a public reading before graduating.

At the residencies, students stay in the dorms and eat in the cafeteria. They attend numerous writing workshops in their genre each morning, craft lectures, readings, seminars, and one-on-one consultations. Throughout the residency, there are readings each evening from the visiting writers, who also teach various craft lectures. Students  meet and interact with the visiting writers, as well as participate in late night informal Question & Answer sessions. There will also be several off-campus excursions during the residency to generate writing  prompts.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, students work one-on-one with a writing mentor in the independent-study classes entitled Creative Writing I, Creative Writing II, Creative Writing III, Thesis Part I (Critical Essay), and Thesis Part II (Creative Writing Project). This apprenticeship with a well-known and award-winning writer is the heart of the Low-Residency MFA experience. Students receive detailed feedback and critiques that enable them to perfect their craft as a writer.  They also receive instruction and advice on how to submit work for publication and appropriate publishing venues. The culmination of the irs independent study is a book-length Creative Thesis, which can provide students with their first full-length manuscript for publication.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, students also take a set of online courses called Reading Image, Reading Voice, Reading Story and Reading Dialogue. The classes are offered in an 8-week format with students of all genres participating together, where they read and analyze texts to study craft elements. A weekly online session will  allow students to interact with one another and with their instructor.