If you’ve been in touch with us this season, our heartfelt thanks! If not, please  visit us at www.wwcmfa.org/donate to make a donation. Or send a check to  Friends of Writers POB 128 Marshfield VT 05658.  By contributing to Friends of Writers, you are supporting the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers community.

And please sign up for our blog (daily or weekly, your choice) at http://friendsofwritersblog.wordpress.com

Thank you for your support and best wishes for a wonderful 2013!

The Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers’ 2013 Winter Residency starts January 3rd in Swannanoa, featuring, as always, a number of public readings and lectures by program faculty.  Click below to see the full schedule, and remember to check back here for updates during the residency.

Winter 2013 Public Schedule

Friends of Writers Announces its Gala Benefit for the CHS Scholarship Fund

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Just a reminder that the new Warren Wilson MFA Program website is live!  Here you’ll find all the information available at the old site, as well as many new features, including downloadable lectures at the new audio store.

Visit http://wwcmfa.org/

We’re happy to announce the January 2013 MFA faculty.  For more information, including brief bios, please visit the program website.

Debra Allbery (Director)

Dean Bakopoulos

Rick Barot

Marianne Boruch

Karen Brennan

Liam Callanan

Stephen Dobyns

Jennifer Grotz

David Haynes

Rodney Jones

Maurice Manning

Heather McHugh

Kevin McIlvoy

Antonya Nelson

Michael Parker

Martha Rhodes

Robin Romm

Dominic Smith

Patrick Somerville

Megan Staffel

Ellen Bryant Voigt

Connie Voisine

Eleanor Wilner

C. Dale Young

Friends of Writers, supporting the Warren Wilson MFA community, has long depended on the active support and hard work of alumni volunteers, who have overseen and directed the Alum Conference, put out email blasts, compiled and updated the alum bibliography, served as class agents for the graduating class, helped with the Gala auctions, distributed newsletters, hosted fund-raising “Feasts,” contacted prospective students, and more.

The Board has many new projects underway as we reach out to our community through our blog and redesigned website, publicize the archived craft lectures, and continue to build our scholarship funds for current and future MFA students. WE NEED YOUR HELP with our expanded and increasingly techno-savvy activities.  If you are willing to offer any kind of volunteer assistance, please click the link and fill out the form below, so we can know who’s out there in our community on whom we can call when needs arise:

Friends of Writers Volunteer Form

A clip from Jennifer Grotz’s lecture at the summer 2012 residency, “On (Poetry and) Boxing”:

Jennifer is the author of the novel The Needle (2011, Houghton Mifflin).  Visit the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers website to purchase past lectures on compact disc or by instant download.

From Alumni Conference Coordinator Peter Klank (fiction, ’85):
First of all, get out  your 2013 calenders: next year’s Goddard/Warren Wilson Post MFA Conference is scheduled for July 28 – August 3, and will be returning to St. Mary’s in Moraga, California. If you haven’t been, talk to someone who has! The campus is reported to be heavenly (no pun intended), and there’s no better way to get energized and inspired on the one hand and still be relaxed and have fun on the other than to spend time with your fellow MFA alums. It’s been said uncounted times, but this is your tribe, and the conferences are just like the residencies. Without the stress. Or pressures. Or deadlines. Or really, any expectations whatsoever.


Here’s a very late recap of the 2012: we were back at Mt. Holyoke in South Hadley MA August 5 – 12, in a beautiful old dorm (perhaps one Emily stayed in?), lacking only in air conditioning, and don’t believe what anyone says, the temperature never hit the triple digits (no comment on the humidity). 40 alum had registered to come, and while two couldn’t make it, we had 27 for the Full-stay and 11 for the Short- (August 8 – 12). There were the usual workshops, two Manuscript Reviews (for consideration of poetry collections) and a Fiction Roundtable (for longer fiction works), and 12 classes, caucuses, and panels: on Rhetorical Shifts; Power of Contrast; Creative Nonfiction; Music to Further Poetry Writing; DYI Research; Novel Writing; Revision Techniques; Collaborative Associative Experiment (Marcia Pelletiere adapted part of a group dreamwork process as a way to stir up new ideas around particular images, characters, descriptions, etc., brought to the group by participants), and a trio of classes or caucuses complimenting one another by focusing on E-books, Self-Publishing, and Independent Notes on Publishing, the latter with very concrete suggestions on how to publicize and sell your books.


People seemed to like the food, we had two receptions (one each for arrival of Full- and then Short-stayers), the Silent Auction raised a goodly amount of money for Friends of Writers, and we had readings every evening, of course, by the best writers to the best audience available anywhere. The dance was held, for the first time, in Mt. Holyoke’s Campus Canter, which I guessed was going to be good when the techie asked me “Do you want the lights to move with the music?”


Maybe the best part, aside from the readings, was a new ritual this year, wherein rather than folks crossing the street to the local taverns or going back to their rooms after the readings, people gathered on the porch of the dorm every night, drinking wine (or not), chatting with old friends and new, moving from group to group, enjoying the cooling air.


So really, mark your calenders for next year…


Hope to see everybody there!