MFA-CW – Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Story and Place in the South

7 Semesters + 5 Individual Studies + 4 Online Courses + 3 Writing Residencies + 1 Book

Who Will YOU Study With...

News and Announcements:

  • Featured Writers for the 2018 Residency: Jericho Brown, Valerie Boyd, Stephen Dunn, Pam Durban, and Janisse Ray

A bridge between Atlanta and the Appalachian South, the Etowah Valley is where nature meets culture and the timeless meets the contemporary. At Reinhardt University’s Etowah Valley Writers Institute, writers join to 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. We offer the only other low-residency BFA in Creative Writing degree in the country. Our 60-hour low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing offers classes in poetry, fiction, creative-nonfiction/memoir, and scriptwriting (film, TV, and stage).

English and Language Arts teachers in Georgia middle and high schools can use Reinhardt University's MFA in Creative Writing to upgrade to a Level 6 Specialist Degree for the purposes of promotion and salary upgrade. 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.

Each student works one-on-one with published writers each semester for two years in their genre. You also take cross-genre classes that teach the craft elements and several online courses with a group of other students from the residency, so you will have a support system of other writers. Each summer, students visit our beautiful campus in North Georgia for a 10-day intensive residency to immerse in 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 writing residency.

The New South is a synergy of multiple cultural traditions, a mixture of many 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 and hear stories, stories that give voice and meaning to the individual and collective struggles.

For information about program specifics, please contact:

William Walsh
Program Director

For admissions information, please contact:

Office of Professional Studies and Graduate Admissions