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Hollinsummer Program
Hollins University
P.O. Box 9707
Roanoke, VA 24020-1707
(800) 456-9595
Fax: (540) 362-6218


Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop: Online
Hollins University
Luke T. Johnson
P. O. Box 9552
Roanoke, VA 24020-1552
(607) 351-1425
Fax: (540) 561-2325


Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop
Hollins University
Christine Powell
P.O. Box 9552
Roanoke, VA 24020-1552
(540) 362-6229
Fax (540) 561-2325

Tinker Mountain Visual Arts
Hollins University
Brittany Foutz
P. O. Box 9552
Roanoke, VA 24020-1552
(540) 362-6021
Fax (540) 561-2325

Volleyball Clinics
Bill Shook
Hollins University
P. O. Box 9553
Roanoke, VA 24020-1553
(540) 362-6329

Frequently asked questions

How does an online writing workshop work?

Online writing workshops are geared to be student oriented, to suit the needs of the writer, and to work around his or her schedule. The online workshop allows you the flexibility to access weekly writing assignments, discussion boards, and craft lectures. You can access this information anytime from anywhere with an Internet connection. Whether through a chat room, a threaded discussion, or a live interaction, the online format provides a multitude of opportunities to improve as a writer and to connect with your instructor and your classmates.

Who will be teaching the workshops?

All of the instructors are graduates of Hollins University's celebrated graduate program in creative writing. They are all experienced teachers who have published extensively within the genre they’re teaching. Full faculty biographies are provided here.

How long is each workshop?

All workshops are 10 weeks.

How much time should I expect to spend on these workshops? What does a typical week look like?

Though this varies from student to student, the workshops are designed to require less than 10 hours each week. This will consist of brief reading assignments, weekly writing prompts, and participation in the classroom conversation via discussion forums and live sessions.

How often will there be live sessions? When will these occur?

You will be able to access the workshop whenever it suits your schedule. Each week, there will also be an hour-long "live session" in which your instructor will be available to you. Live sessions are not mandatory and are scheduled by the instructor. If you’re not able to attend these sessions as they’re happening, a recorded archive will also be available.

I have no experience in creative writing. Can I still take a workshop?

There are no prerequisites for the Tinker Mountain Writers' Workshop. Workshops are designed to benefit both the novice and the practiced writer. While experience in writing workshops is welcomed, it is not required.

Will I need to purchase any additional texts?

Yes. When you complete the workshop registration, you’ll receive a list of course materials, which will include pertinent information regarding textbooks.

Will I receive a degree or credit at the end of the workshop?

These are noncredit workshops and cannot be applied toward a degree. However, the emphasis on careful reading and writing is similar to what a student would find in traditional creative writing tracks (M.A., M.F.A., etc.), and we will work to enhance and/or refresh these skillsets.

What is the refund policy?

A full tuition refund is available to students who cancel their registration by the end of the first week of the workshop. This should be done in writing or online by 5:00 pm on the first Friday. There is a $35 registration fee that is nonrefundable.

When should I plan on enrolling to secure my spot on the roster?

All of our workshops are limited to 15 students in order to ensure that each student receives quality and comprehensive feedback. Because of these size limitations, we encourage students to register early.

Do I need any special equipment in order to take an online workshop?

One of our favorite aspects of the online workshop is its accessibility. You won’t need any obscure or cutting-edge computer software; however, there are a few basic technological requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 14, Google Chrome 20, Safari 5, and Opera 9 are all compatible. For optimal performance, Mozilla Firefox works best.
  • Internet Connection: Dialup (load times may be lengthy), DSL, Cable. For the best experience, DSL, cable or faster internet connection is recommended.
  • Updated versions of Adobe Reader & Adobe Flash Player are also recommended.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please email Luke Johnson at ljohnson@hollins.edu or call (607) 351-1425.