Lenoir-Rhyne University

MA Program

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: Laura Hope-Gill, Jessica Jacobs
Fiction: Dale Neal
Nonfiction: Laura Hope-Gill
Dramatic Writing: John Crutchfield

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 in Writing Program and the Certificate in Narrative Healthcare Program. Students attend weekly courses in person and via Webex 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.

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.


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