UGA’s unique low-residency MFA program allows students to complete most of the degree requirements off campus while developing their skills and talents under the guidance of experienced faculty writing mentors.
Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Narrative Media Writing
In just two years, write a publishable nonfiction manuscript or a marketable screenplay and earn your MFA from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, home of the Peabody Awards and one of the top journalism schools in the country. This two-year low-residency program is designed to educate writers who will be published and produced. The program offers students an unparalleled opportunity to develop narrative journalism and screenwriting skills that will equip them for long and varied careers. The program features a committed and diverse roster of accomplished authors, screenwriters, literary agents and other industry professionals who work closely with students to inspire and support each writer’s emerging craft and voice.
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The application review is underway for the person who will be the new permanent director of the Low-Residency MFA in Narrative Nonfiction. Anyone interested in applying should submit materials ASAP via https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/251211
Rosalind Bentley named interim director of the MFA Narrative Nonfiction program
Rosalind Bentley (MFA ’17), a Pulitzer Prize finalist, two-time James Beard Award finalist and nationally recognized narrative journalist and essayist, has been named the interim director of the Master in Fine Arts in Narrative Nonfiction program.
In addition to this interim appointment, Bentley is the new deputy editor at the Southern Foodways Alliance and new editor-at-large for the Oxford American. Most recently, Bentley served as senior arts and culture writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she worked for 18 years.
“This program changed the trajectory of my life, and it can do the same for others,” Bentley said. “Valerie designed this program to appeal not just to those early in their careers, but also to those who are mid- or even late career, and who want a more fulfilling and productive writing life.”
Bentley has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, the Oxford American, Southern Living, Saveur and Essence. As an enterprise writer at The Minneapolis Star Tribune she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her work on the newspaper’s “Issues of Race” series. In 2019, she was a columnist for “Gravy,” a publication of the Southern Foodways Alliance, where her column “Rooted in Place,” was a finalist for two James Beard Awards, including the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award. Her essay “The Blessing and Burden of Forever,” published in the summer 2020 issue of Oxford American, was named a notable essay in the “Best American Essays 2021” edition of the annual series. Bentley’s essay, “Iron and Brass,” is in the upcoming anthology “Bigger than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic,” edited by Boyd and due to be published in September by Lookout Books. Bentley received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from Florida A&M University.
Nate Kohn directs low-residency MFA Screenwriting program
Nate Kohn directs the low-residency MFA Screenwriting program, in addition to serving as a professor in Entertainment and Media Studies and director of the Roger Ebert Film Festival. Dr. Kohn teaches advanced screenwriting, producing for film/television, documentary film, and qualitative methods and directs the Cannes Film Festival and Cannes Lions Study Abroad programs.
Dr. Kohn is an award-winning producer of feature films and television programs. He produced “Zulu Dawn” starring Burt Lancaster and Peter O’Toole; the independent feature “Somebodies,” which premiered at Sundance (2006); “Rain,” the Bahamas’ first indigenous feature which premiered at Toronto (2007) and on Showtime (2010); the feature film “Bottleworld” (2010); he was Executive Producer on the BET television series “Somebodies” (2008); he was Producer on the feature length documentary “Bayou Maharajah” that premiered at the SXSW Festival (2013); he produced the Emmy Award-winning short documentary “Ebertfest 2012;” and he was Executive Producer on The 73rd, 74th and 75th Annual Peabody Awards Specials for PivotTV/Participant Media (2014, 2015 and 2016). He has served on juries and mentored screenwriters at the Atlanta, Hawaii, Kerala, and Bahamas International Film Festivals. He is a board member of the Arkansas Cinema Society. And he is the author of numerous scholarly articles and of the book “Pursuing Hollywood: Seduction, Obsession, Dread” (AltaMira Press, 2006).
In Loving Memory of Valerie Boyd
Valerie Boyd thrived in many communities and was admired in all…teacher, writer, editor, mentor, confidant.
Boyd, the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence and director of the Master of Fine Arts in Narrative Nonfiction program at the University of Georgia, died Feb. 12, 2022.
“Representing this program and leading it during this time of transition is a responsibility not just to the Grady College and the University of Georgia, it is also a chance to make sure Valerie’s vision is not lost,” Bentley said. “Valerie created a program that, while based in journalistic rigor, speaks to the whole student and their dreams.”
To read more about Boyd’s impact on the MFA program, please view “Valerie Boyd’s shining light.” A feature about Boyd’s latest book that she edited, “Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker,” can be read here.