“Those lucky enough to count themselves among the student population of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program for Writers will find that they have not only entered the most exacting and stimulating course of study available, but that they have found for themselves a lasting home. That this community of writers is so welcoming, the camaraderie among both faculty and students so rich and lasting, appears all the more special and strange when you consider how exceptionally gifted every single person is. A more perfect blend of rigor and support one could not hope to find no matter how hard one looked.”

~Jeremy Bass (Class of 2010) 


In 1976, Ellen Bryant Voigt, renowned poet and master teacher, founded the nation’s first low-residency creative writing program. In 1981, the program relocated from Vermont’s Goddard College to one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, Warren Wilson College.  Today, more than thirty-five years after its inception, the prestigious MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College remains one of the top writing programs in the nation.  Students of the program range in age from their early twenties to mid-sixties, in profession from teacher and journalist, doctor and bartender, to lawyer and lumberjack, and join us from all over North America, Europe, and Asia.  Our faculty have won virtually every major honor in the country, including MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, Pulitzer Prizes, and the National Book Award.  Several have served as state poets laureate, and two have been named national poets laureate.  Our alumni have published hundreds of books, and their work has been featured in The New Yorker and on the front page of The New York Times Book Review.


In 1991, faculty and alumni of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers created Friends of Writers, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enriching American poetry and fiction by cultivating new and vital literary voices.  This nonprofit partner supports our students, alumni, and faculty through scholarships and additional funds, conferences, anthologies, and more.  Click here to learn more about the Friends of Writers, Inc. or follow the link below.

Friends of Writers