Lenoir-Rhyne University

MFA Programs

Program Established: 
Asheville, NC
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Laura Hope-Gill
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Luke Hankins, Laura Hope-Gill
Fiction: Dale Neal, Jamieson Ridenhour
Nonfiction: Laura Hope-Gill, Sara Kohrt

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Graduate studies assistantships are available by application.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Student Publishing Incubator

Other Features: 

The Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative houses both the Lenoir-Rhyne University MA/MFA in Writing Program and the Certificate in Narrative Healthcare Program. Students attend synchronous courses in Zoom distance-learning platform to discuss, read, reflect, and write. An inquiry-based, group-learning environment supports creative exploration. In the spirit of Thomas Wolfe, whose work defied and continues to defy traditional models, students write vigorously to transcend their own expectations of what narrative is and what it can accomplish on the page and in our lives.

Narrative Healthcare brings principles of narrative theory and creative writing to healthcare practice. The Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative engages in social-justice informed learning.

The program offers concentrations in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as special topics in dramatic writing, travel writing, nature writing, and publishing and editing.

Students can specify whether they want to apply for a MA or MFA degree. Completion is between two to four years.


Laura Blackley, Tanya Davis, Megan de Matteo, Melanie Ferguson, Madelyn Edwards, Daniel J. Waters