Friends of Writers

friendsofwriterslogoFriends of Writers, a not-for profit 501(c)(3) organization, enriches American poetry and fiction by cultivating new and vital literary voices. We do this by raising funds to support students, alumni and faculty of our partner, the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. The MFA Program pioneered a model of low-residency study based on three core values: community, rigor, and diversity. Community provides support for the individual writer; rigor encourages that individual’s finest work; and diversity—in aesthetic, ethnicity, gender, age, occupational, geographic, and economic background—ensures that American writing reflects the entire nation.

Friends of Writers was established in 1991 as an independent non-profit organization. It was begun by faculty and alumni of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for the immediate purpose of raising scholarship funds. In addition to providing scholarships for WWC MFA students, it provides scholarships to the alumni conference, as well as paying other costs associated with the alumni conference. In recent years, anonymous donors have established additional funds for current students, alumni, and faculty.

Also in recent years, the MFA Program faculty have produced seven writing anthologies. The editors and all contributors to those volumes donated 100% of each book’s advance and royalties to Friends of Writers’ scholarship funds; when necessary, they have also paid for reprint permissions, so Friends incurred not a single penny of expense to produce the books.

The only costs for Friends of Writers are essential legal and accounting fees. There is no office, no paid staff. Board members donate their time, the cost of travel to semi-annual meetings, and lodging and meal expenses. All donations flow directly into the scholarships to support our literary community.

 

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Until It Isn’t: An Interview with Antonya Nelson

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Faculty Updates | 0 comments

An interview with faculty member Antonya Nelson appears at American Short Fiction:

Antonya Nelson’s eleventh book,Funny Once, was published this past May. It includes the story “Winter in Yalta,” which appears in the most recent issue of ASF. Over a slew of emails, she took some time to talk to me, among other things, about the origins of her love of reading, obsessive fascinations, and the difference between therapy and writing fiction.

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“Sitting With the Storm” by Christine Hale

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Alumni News | 0 comments

A new creative nonfiction piece by alumna Christine Hale (fiction, ’96) appears online at Hippocampus Magazine:

In the shrine room at the Tampa Dzogchen Buddhist Center, all is familiar and quotidian: dull strain in my low back, noted and dismissed; stinging ache in my hips and knees, a warning I’ve sat too long and will pay with sharp pain when I get up. The pitted pale surface of walls I helped the sangha repaint several years ago remains blank except for dusty sets of framed tangkhas under mildew-spotted glass. The permanent scent of the Center—citrus mold, candle wax, resinous Bhutanese red incense, and dust—envelopes me. Veils of spider web drape the unreachable uppermost corners of the building, once a Cuban dance studio, its still-lustrous hardwood floors a testament to better times in this inner-city neighborhood now griped by dereliction and violence.

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An Interview with Christian Piers

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Alumni News | 0 comments

An interview with alumnus Christian Piers (fiction, ’12) appears at The Writer’s Job:

Many people think of the sciences and the arts as dichotomous, or at the very least, distinctly different career tracks.  Do you see or experience any overlap between them? 

Yes!  At the risk of sounding cliché, I’ve always wanted to be a healer.  I just felt like I couldn’t fully live that out as a clinician.  If someone came in after their best friend knocked their teeth out, I could use medicine to get them out of pain.  I could use medicine to restore their smile.  I could use medicine to make that punch look like it never happened—but I couldn’t use it to touch the sort of pain that comes with knowing that the punch didhappen.  That’s when I turn to literature.

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Congratulations to the July 2014 Graduates!

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in From the MFA Program | 0 comments

Friends of Writers and the MFA program would like to congratulate the July 2014 graduates:

Hannah Armbrust (Poetry)

Rachel Brownson (Poetry)

Jennifer Buchi (Poetry)

Francine Conley (Poetry)

Catherine Grossman (Poetry)

Todd Harris (Fiction)

Laura Maher (Poetry)

Kerrin McCadden (Poetry)

Franklin Morris (Fiction)

Jennifer Murray (Fiction)

Amanda Peppe (Fiction)

Somayeh Shams (Fiction)

Emily Sinclair (Fiction)

Noah Stetzer (Poetry)

Christy Stillwell (Fiction)

Laura Swearingen-Steadwell (Poetry)

The Common Podcast: Helen Hooper and Megan Staffel in Conversation

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Faculty Updates | 0 comments

Faculty member Megan Staffel discusses her story “Mischief” (which appears in Issue 06 of The Common) with writer and fiction alum Helen Hooper on the inaugural episode of The Common Podcast: Contributors in Conversation.

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MFA Residency: Friday, July 11

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014 in From the MFA Program | 0 comments

Public Events Schedule

At 10:00am in Ransom Fellowship Hall, Daisy Fried will present the lecture, “Ice Queens & Hotheads: On Extreme Tones.”

At 11:00am in Ransom Fellowship Hall, Charles Baxter will present the lecture, “Fugitive Subjectivity and Toxic Narratives.”

Join us at 4:30pm in Ransom Fellowship Hall for a reading featuring graduating students:

Kerrin McCadden

Amanda Peppe

Noah Stetzer

Emily Sinclair

Graduation ceremony will follow.

For more information, including a full schedule of public events, please visit the program website at http://wwcmfa.org/.

MFA Residency: Thursday, July 10

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in From the MFA Program | 0 comments

Public Events Schedule

At 9:30am in Ransom Fellowship Hall, Debra Spark will present the lecture, “Surprise Me.”

At 10:45am in Ransom Fellowship Hall, Maurice Manning will present the lecture, “Nature and the Possibility of a Moral Imagination.”

Join us at 8:15pm in Ransom Fellowship Hall for a reading featuring graduating students:

Jennifer Murray

Francine Conley

Somayeh Shams

Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

For more information, including a full schedule of public events, please visit the program website at http://wwcmfa.org/.

MFA Residency: Wednesday, July 9

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in From the MFA Program | 0 comments

Public Events Schedule

Join us at 8:15pm in Ransom Fellowship Hall for a reading featuring graduating students:

Todd Harris

Hannah Armbrust

Christy Stillwell

Rachel Brownson

For more information, including a full schedule of public events, please visit the program website at http://wwcmfa.org/.

MFA Residency: Tuesday, July 8

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in From the MFA Program | 0 comments

Public Events Schedule

Join us at 8:15pm in Ransom Fellowship Hall for a reading featuring graduating students:

Jennifer Buchi

Catherine Grossman

Franklin Morris

Laura Maher

For more information, including a full schedule of public events, please visit the program website at http://wwcmfa.org/.

MFA Residency: Sunday, July 6

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in From the MFA Program | 0 comments

Public Events Schedule

Join us at 8:15pm in Gladfelter, Canon Lounge for a reading featuring faculty members:

David Haynes

Daisy Fried

Kevin McIlvoy

Alan Shapiro

Sarah Stone

For more information, including a full schedule of public events, please visit the program website at http://wwcmfa.org/.