In January of 2016, a new Friends of Writers Scholarship, initiated by current students in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson, was announced in Swannanoa at the Graduation banquet—along with news of a substantial contribution by the graduating class.  In the months that followed, the response was tremendous, with generous gifts and pledges arriving from our extended community. As a result of this remarkable support, excitement over the Ellen Bryant Voigt Scholarship has just gained some serious momentum.

In order to harness this exciting opportunity, we need your help.  First, make a tax-deductible contribution, online at, or with a check sent to:

Friends of Writers, Inc.

P.O. Box 128

Marshfield, VT 05658

Be sure to note in the “Notes” section of Paypal online or on the memo section of your check that your gift is for the EBV Scholarship.

To make a multi-year pledge, click here: Multi-Year Pledge Form and scroll down to the lower part of the form. 


Some backstory:

In the fall of 2015 Ellen Bryant Voigt—poet, teacher and founder of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College—received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. When current students heard the news, they began brainstorming a way to celebrate Ellen and to honor what she has done for poetry, for graduate writing education, and for this inimitable Warren Wilson community. Their idea? Create a scholarship in her name.

Ellen and the FOW board approved the idea. Ellen wrote: “The MacArthur Fellowship was such a lucky lucky thing—providential, actually, especially in the timing of it—I never thought my gratitude and joy could be further amplified. But I was wrong. This effort, initiated by current students in the Program, students with busy lives and all sorts of impediments to doing their important work, moves me profoundly. I will be proud to have an endowed scholarship bearing my name.”

The Ellen Bryant Voigt Scholarship will be need-based, like all FOW scholarships, and will support an extra semester of graduate study, giving recipients a strong start toward a book-length manuscript. Awards will begin after the balance has generated enough investment income to fund the scholarship.

Please join us in honoring Ellen Bryant Voigt, and in celebrating the Program’s past by ensuring its robust future for writers still to come.

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