Bennington Writing Seminars, in partnership with the PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellowship, is pleased to announce a one-time creative writing MFA scholarship for Emerging Voices Fellows in 2018.
Founded in 1943, PEN Center USA is the third largest PEN Center in the world. It was incorporated as a nonprofit association in 1981. The Emerging Voices Fellowship is a literary mentorship that aims to provide new writers who are isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career. The seven-month fellowship includes a professional mentorship, classes at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, master classes, voice instruction classes, public readings, a volunteer opportunity, and a stipend.
Effective during the September 2017 admissions period for the January 2018 residency, Bennington will grant the scholarship amount of $10,000 across four terms ($2,500 a term) thanks to the January 2017 graduating class. If a candidate is not selected for January, the scholarship will be available for an Emerging Voices Fellow for the March 1, 2018 admissions period, with a June 2018 start date.
About Bennington Writing Seminars (Master of Fine Arts in Writing)
Bennington College was established in 1932 as a laboratory to explore new approaches in higher education. The college seeks to place students at the helm of their own education, to guide them in the direction of their greatest potential, and to expand and deepen their contribution to the world.
Bennington College’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing faculty are all writers who have distinguished themselves in their teaching as well as on the page. Their work has been given almost every literary honor—the National Book Critics Circle Award, the National Medal of Arts, the Rae Award, the PEN Award, the Walt Whitman Award, the O. Henry Prize, the Whiting Writer’s Award, and the LA Times Book Prize. Bennington Writing Seminars is one of the oldest and most highly regarded low-residency programs in the nation, consistently ranked in the top five by The Atlantic and Poets & Writers. Graduates have included Bret Easton Ellis, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Amy Gerstler, Libby Flores and Nathalie Handal.
Interested applicants should contact Amanda Fletcher