creative writing

Frances Mayes ’62 featured on CBS News

Frances Mayes '62

Frances Mayes ’62 was recently profiled on CBS Sunday Morning at her home in Tuscany, Italy. Mayes bought the 200-year-old farmhouse in 1990 and transformed it into one of the most famous villas in Tuscany. Following the incredible restoration project, she wrote about her experience in the bestselling memoir, Under the Tuscan Sun, which was... READ MORE >>

M.F.A. program kicks off summer residency Saturday

M.F.A. faculty member Kaveh Akbar shares his work during a public reading at the first residency last summer

Randolph College’s Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in creative writing program will welcome students to campus Saturday for its 2019 summer residency session. During the weeklong program, students will receive one-on-one mentoring from award-winning faculty, participate in collaborative writing workshops, and present their writing to peers and the community. In addition, the summer residency includes... READ MORE >>

Marwa Helal joins M.F.A. faculty for summer residency 

Marwa Helal (photo by Sean D. Henry-Smith)

Poet and nonfiction author Marwa Helal is joining Randolph’s Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program at Randolph College as a guest member of the faculty. She will teach poetry and creative nonfiction courses during the upcoming summer residency.  Helal is the author of Invasive Species (Nightboat Books, 2019) and winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry... READ MORE >>

Award-winning novelist Maurice Carlos Ruffin joins M.F.A. core faculty

Maurice Carlos Ruffin (photo by Clare Welsh)

Fiction/non-fiction writer Maurice Carlos Ruffin, who is a recipient of the Iowa Review Award and winner of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom competition, is the newest addition to the core faculty of Randolph’s M.F.A. in creative writing program. Ruffin’s novel, We Cast a Shadow, was one of the most anticipated books of 2019, and has been praised by The New... READ MORE >>

Randolph announces 2019 Academic and Leadership Awards

Randolph College Banner

Randolph College held its annual Academic and Leadership Awards ceremony to honor students who excelled in their academic performance as well as demonstrated leadership at the College. The following students received awards: Academic Awards Art and Art History Outstanding First Year: A’Nyeja Adams Rachel Trexler Ellis ‘44 Art Prize for Excellence in Art: Cai Czuhai... READ MORE >>

Visiting Writer Series to feature M.F.A. faculty member Wayétu Moore

Faculty member Wayétu Moore reads from her work

Wayétu Moore, an accomplished fiction/nonfiction writer and member of Randolph’s M.F.A. in creative writing program’s core faculty, will give a special reading at Randolph on Wednesday, March 13, at 8 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Lounge of Smith Memorial Building. The event is free and open to the public. Moore is the author of... READ MORE >>

Award-winning poet Paige Lewis joins M.F.A. faculty

Paige Lewis

Paige Lewis, a recipient of the Editor’s Award in Poetry from The Florida Review, is the latest addition to the Randolph College Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing faculty. Lewis, who earned an M.F.A. from Florida State University and has taught creative writing at Purdue University, has had work published in Poetry, American Poetry... READ MORE >>

Assistant director of M.F.A. program receives Best Microfiction award

Christopher Gaumer

Christopher Gaumer, assistant director of Randolph College’s M.F.A. in creative writing program, was recently named a Best Microfiction winner for 2019. Gaumer’s work, “He Died We Left Him Til Morning” (The Citron Review), will now be published alongside other winning entries in the publication, The Best Microfiction 2019 Anthology. Entries were judged by national bestselling... READ MORE >>

M.F.A. program hosts winter residency

A panel discussion from Randolph College MFA faculty takes place during the winter residency program.

Randolph College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (M.F.A.) program held its winter residency at The Virginian Hotel from Dec. 29, 2018 through Jan. 7, 2019. During this time, M.F.A. students attended lectures and workshops, met with their faculty mentors, and attended readings. This was one of five 10-day residencies the students attend during... READ MORE >>

National Book Award finalist joins M.F.A. visiting faculty

Diana Khoi Nguyen

The Randolph College M.F.A. in Creative Writing program has added yet another accomplished author to its faculty. Diana Khoi Nguyen, a poet and 2018 National Book Award finalist, will join the program as a visiting faculty member for the upcoming winter residency and mentor students in the upcoming semester. Nguyen’s work has appeared in publications... READ MORE >>