The Warren Wilson MFA Program For Writers is more than just a course of study. It is a way to become a better writer. 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, thirty-five years after its inception, the prestigious Warren Wilson MFA Program remains one of the top low-residency MFA Programs in the nation.
Students of the program range in age from their early twenties to mid-sixties, in profession from teacher and journalist, chemist and bartender, to lawyer and lumberjack, and join us from all over the United States, 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 recently been featured in The New Yorker and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review.
The Warren Wilson Low-residency MFA Program, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, outside of Asheville, NC, offers, disciplined writers a unique and practical format that enables our students to simultaneously pursue a degree in creative writing, while still maintaining the responsibilities of adult life.
An alternative to the wholly residential workshop, the program is structured to meet students' needs, to help them recognize specific strengths and address specific weaknesses in their work, and to encourage them to see themselves as active participants in the creation and study of literature.