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Ann Marie Allison/Jenna Milly

This BFF writing duo focuses on feature comedies with strong lady leads. Their brand of funny comes in the form of powerful women who aren’t afraid to make fun of themselves. Ann Marie & Jenna wrote and executive produced the feature comedy “Golden Arm” starring Mary Holland and Betsy Sodaro. The film sits on Rotten Tomatoes coveted “100% Certified Fresh” list and is streaming on Amazon Prime and HBO. Their all-night caper comedy “It’s Wednesday Night” is set up at Netflix and their Golden Girls-esque comedy at Amazon Studios is out to cast with Joselyn Moorhouse at the helm to direct. Their writing has been called “gender bending” and “anarchic, subtly hilarious” by the Wall Street Journal and got them on Austin Film Festival’s “25 Screenwriters to Watch” list for 2021. Ann Marie and Jenna are represented by Verve Agency, Zero Gravity Management and Linda Lichter at Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler Feldman & Clark.

Brian Egeston

Brian Egeston is just as comfortable in a drama writers’ room as he is in a comedy writers’ room and holed up in room alone penning a feature.  After six published novels, an award-winning stint as a sports editor in Atlanta and serving as an NPR commentator, Brian set his sights on writing TV. He broke into the industry as a staff writer for Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, and after one season, he was brought back as head writer. In less than three years at TBS, Brian worked as a writer on 192 episodes and three series (Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Meet The Browns and For Better or Worse). He lead two writing teams and was nominated for the Movieguide Faith & Values Award. He was also head writer for the first season of Bounce Network’s Uptown Comedy Live, the Rickey Smiley TV Show on Comcast and Mann & Wife. The network then brought him on to help develop their first one- hour drama Saints & Sinners, which broke network ratings during its premiere. Brian is now fully immersed in one-hour dramas after writing for the inaugural season of The Quad on BET. The episode Brian penned was the highest rated of the season.

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Jade-Addon Hall

Jade-Addon Hall is the vice president of current series at Lionsgate TV. His present slate includes The Power Universe, Run the World, Step Up and Heels all on STARZ. As well as Welcome to Flatch on FOX and development for the critically acclaimed 1619 Project with Nikole Hannah Jones, Harpo and the New York Times. 

Jade is known for his work previously at BET, helping to launch BET+, and shepherding multiple shows including Twenties, with Lena Waithe. He also previously developed multiple series at Disney Channel and Disney XD. Hailing from Hillside, New Jersey, he is a proud graduate of Syracuse University, holding a BA in Psychology and an MFA in Television Radio and Film. In 2021, he was named Man of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma society of Los Angeles, raising a quarter of a million dollars for cancer survivors and research. 

Katoya Fleming

KaToya Ellis Fleming is an assistant professor of publishing arts at the University of North Carolina–Wilmington and editor at Lookout Books. She was previously in residence in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the 2019–20 Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow. She holds a BA in English from Spelman College and an MFA in narrative nonfiction from the University of Georgia and is currently at work on “Finding Frank,” a bibliomemoir. Her work focuses on race and culture in the American South and has appeared in Oxford AmericanThe Rumpus, and elsewhere.

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Laurie Hertzel

Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where she has worked for more than 20 years. Her journalism and short fiction have appeared in newspapers, magazines and journals across the United States, in Finland and in Australia. Her fiction has been published in South Carolina Review, North Dakota Quarterly and elsewhere, and her nonfiction has been anthologized and also published in the Chicago Tribune, TriQuarterly, Brevity.blog, Siirtolaisuus (Turku, Finland), Ascent, Blue River Review, and many other places. She has won many national awards for her journalism and her short fiction. Hertzel is the author of three books, including “News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist,” winner of a 2011 Minnesota Book Award. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., and is past president of the National Book Critics Circle.

Alex Koltowitz

Alex Kotlowitz is the author of four books, including his most recent, An American Summer, which received the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. His first book, the national bestseller There Are No Children Here, was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the twentieth century. The Other Side of the River received The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for Nonfiction. Alex’s work has regularly appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and on This American Life. His documentary work includes The Interrupters, for which he received a Film Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. His other honors include two Peabodys, a George Polk Award, the Harold Washington Literary Award and the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his books and journalism which “illuminate astonishing national inequities through the lens of individual experience.” Alex is a professor at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He and his wife, Maria, live in Chicago.

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Danielle McGuire

Danielle McGuire, PhD, is an award-winning historian, public speaker and author of At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance-a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (Knopf), which won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award and the Lillian Smith Book Award. She is the recipient of the Lerner Scott Prize for best dissertation in women’s history. Her Journal of American History article, “It was Like We Were All Raped: Sexualized Violence, Community Mobilization and the African American Freedom Struggle,” won the A. Elizabeth Taylor Prize for best essay in southern women’s history and was reprinted in the Best Essays in American History. McGuire is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has appeared on PBS, CNN, MSNBC and Headline News, among others. Her popular essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Detroit Free Press and Bridge Magazine, among others. She serves as a consultant on documentary films such as The Rape of Recy Taylor and You Belong to Me: The Ruby McCollum Story.


Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a reporter of race, class and communities at WBEZ Chicago. Her enterprise reporting has tackled race, housing, economic development, food injustice and violence. Natalie’s work has been broadcast on the BBC, Marketplace and NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Natalie is the author of “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation,” winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016. She is also co-author of “The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang” and “Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation.”  Natalie is a playwright and she athors a monthly column for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her work has been published in Essence, Ebony and the Chicago Reporter, among others. She has been honored with several awards including the 2017 recipient of Chicago Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award and the Studs Terkel Community Media Award in 2010 for reporting on Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods.



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Kamille Whittaker

Kamille D. Whittaker is managing editor of Atlanta magazine and co-founder of Canopy Atlanta, where she directs the Fellowship program. Previously, she served as staff writer and associate editor for Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine and Atlanta Daily World. In addition to her journalistic work, Whittaker instructs students in Mercer University’s Academic Resource Center and Online Writing Lab. She is an ’05 graduate of Howard University and a ‘21 graduate of UGA’s MFA program in Narrative Nonfiction.

Hadjii Hand returns to Grady to mentor MFA screenwriting students
One of Henry “Hadjii” Hand’s personal missions is always trying to get better…and he is trying to encourage his students to do the same. For Hand (ABJ ’98), returning to […]
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Individually tailored MFA program provides unique experience for Matt Pearl
Studying in a graduate program while working a demanding job is no small undertaking. Add the demands of becoming a first-time father, and for many students, that would be a […]
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Moni Basu named director of MFA Narrative Nonfiction program
Moni Basu, an award-winning journalist and author, has been named the director of the Master in Fine Arts in Narrative Nonfiction program and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence […]
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Grady College partners with The Bitter Southerner
The Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and The Bitter Southerner are joining forces to support great storytelling. In a pairing of one of the region’s most […]
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MFA in Narrative Media Writing
More information about the MFA Narrative Media Writing Program, including the screenwriting program and narrative nonfiction program, can be found by visiting mfa.uga.edu. Applications for the next MFA class are […]
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MFA program welcomes first cohort
Eighteen students make up the first cohort for our new low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Narrative Media Writing. Faculty members Valerie Boyd and Nate Kohn welcomed the group to […]
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John T. Edge teaches Grady College MFA students to explore narrative to better understand the world
The words “story” and “narrative” are in most responses from John T. Edge when he is asked about what students learn in Grady College’s MFA in Narrative Media Writing. It […]
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Reaching goals through the MFA program in Screenwriting
This is the second of a two-part series highlighting a few successes earned by students, faculty and alumni of the low-residency MFA program in Narrative Media Writing. This installment illustrates […]
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Interview with MFA screenwriting student Pete Stone
In the fall of 2015, Grady College welcomed its first cohort of MFA students embarking on one of two learning tracts: narrative nonfiction or screenwriting. This low-residency program, the first […]
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Success beyond the MFA Narrative Media Writing classroom
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First book signals new beginnings for recent MFA graduate
It’s all about good timing for André Gallant (ABJ ‘10, MFA 17). Gallant had been waiting for several years for the MFA program in narrative writing to start, so it […]
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Hear Tell Podcast

Interested in hearing more about the MFA Narrative Nonfiction program? Check out the Hear Tell podcast, hosted by André Gallant (ABJ ’10, MFA ’17), featuring interviews and readings from alumni, mentors and instructors of the program.

Recent featured guests include:

  • Martin Padgett
  • Max Blau
  • Moni Basu
  • Jasmin Pittman Morrell
  • Kristen Lowe

Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Narrative Media Writing

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.