Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Partner Scholarship at the Vermont College of Fine Arts

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is delighted to announce a Partnered Institution Scholarship at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Prospective students, who are Cambridge Writers’ Workshop alumni, faculty, staff, or affiliates are welcome to apply for a Partnered Institution Scholarship at VCFA’s two-year residential MFA in Writing & Publishing program for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Scholarships of $1000-5000 are available to Cambridge Writers’ Workshop alumni and affiliates. In the case of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, CWW alumni must have completed at least one course in the last 3 years to be eligible for the scholarship. Prospective MFA students must begin their application on SlideRoom by February 1 to be considered for scholarships.

For more information about scholarships at VCFA, please contact Lucy BourgeaultDirector of Admissions & Financial AidLucy.Bourgeault[at]  802-828-8819

In addition to the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Partnered Institution Scholarships, the MFA in Writing & Publishing program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts announces the following Diversity Scholarships with a February 1 priority scholarship deadline for Fall 2019 enrollment.

Indigenous Peoples Scholarships

Tuition scholarships ranging from $1,000-$5,000 may be awarded to applicants who belong to an indigenous group anywhere in the world. With regard to the location of our Vermont-based campus, indigenous peoples living in the Northeastern United States will be given preference and are especially encouraged to apply.

International Scholarships

Tuition scholarships ranging from $1,000-$5,000 may be awarded to writers who live outside of the US and who are not US citizens in order to support VCFA’s global mission.

New American Scholarships

Tuition scholarships ranging from $1,000-$5,000 may be awarded to writers permanently residing in the United States who were born outside of the country. We believe immigrant and migrant writers are vital and necessary within the US literary community.

Veteran Scholarships

Tuition scholarships of $3,000 may be awarded to US Veterans to attend our MFA in Writing & Publishing program in recognition of their sacrifice and contributions.

Writers of Color & LGBTQ+ Scholarships

Tuition scholarships ranging from $1,000-$5,000 may be awarded to writers of color and/or writers from LGBTQ+ communities in order to create opportunities for traditionally underrepresented writers.

To view all of the available graduate scholarships, please visit VCFA’s website at In order to be considered for a scholarship, writers should begin their applications by February 1, 2019.

CWW Alumni News: Aaron Graham’s Poetry featured in Sequestrum Magazine

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is delighted to announce that two recent poems, “Mythos (Deployment)” and “Footfalls” by Aaron Graham, an alum of our Spring in New Orleans Writing Retreat, has been featured in Sequestrum Magazine.  On the poems, Graham writes:

The first thing that actually was able to speak to me, that I was able to relate to after I got out of the Marine Corps was Eliot’s The Waste Land. There was something about the work that spoke to me, that knew me, and that I just inherently understood. “Footfalls” is sort of an attempt to repay the favor in as much as its an attempt to convey some of my experiences with “Burials for the dead” and “Unreal Cities” using a tone and diction that flowed from the intensity of The Waste Land.  Or at least in my mind it did.

I suppose, thematically speaking, “Mythos” is almost a counterpoint to “Footfalls.” It’s really dealing with the notion of this incredible weight of history in the Middle East—really in the land itself in the grains of sand and the Tigress’ silt—possesses. To think the road the unit was patrolling was walked by the Prophet of Islam or that a few miles from the spot I was standing on the Apostle Paul was struck by God on the way to Damascus was—and even still is—jarring. These are still parts of the history/mythology of global society, if not shared then at least something we’re collectively aware of. Yet, being in these places in 2006-08 and viewing the hustle and bustle around me there were times I could not have felt farther away from anything mythological. In fact, I think the thrust of the poem is the encroachment of the quotidian into any grander ideas we have of the world.

In “Mythos (Deployment),” Graham writes:

The epicenter
might be
a minaret
woman’s veil, voices
selling dates,
road-ways tamped
packed with feet
where waiting,
still the magnitude hits.
A thousand years stretch
down this street
this town, the same
ground waked by Paul
blinded he saw
God spoke place.
Words here make
sense only if kept
aside myths
in your head.
Camel rides, bouncing
in a pickup truck bed
as it passes.

To read the Sequestrum interview with Aaron Graham, please visit their site here.  Graham’s poems, “Mythos (Deployment” and “Footfalls” can be found here.

Aaron Graham hails from Glenrock, Wyoming, population 1159, which boasts seven bars, six churches, a single 4-way stop sign and no stoplights. His poetry represents a unique contribution to the arts and stands apart from the work of Brian Turner, Phil Klay, and other war poets in that it represents the experience of an enlisted United States Marine across three deployments and treats the subject matter of that experience on the front lines as a human intelligence operative, Arabic translator, and counterintelligence expert from within that frame, Aaron was recently the ‘Cecilia Baker Memorial Visiting Scholar’ for the 2016 Seaside Writer’s Conference. His chapbook ‘Skyping from a Combat Zone’ was Shortlisted for Tupelo Press’s 2016 Sunken Garden Prize. His first full length collection, “Blood Stripes”, was a finalist for Tupelo’s 2015 Berkshire Poetry Prize, his poem, ‘Olfaction’, won the Seven Hills Literary Journal’s Penumbra Poetry Prize, and ‘PTSD Poem #12’ has been nominated as ‘The Best of the Net’. Aaron founded and currently runs a weekly poetry workshop on writing the military experience for Veterans and their families at the Atlanta VAMC and continues to develop his poetry as a way of connecting with other veterans while finishing his PhD in Literature at Emory University.