Throughout the academic year, the program brings in prominent writers for visits to classes, readings and smaller educational sessions. Writers who have visited RWU classes have included such prominent names as Tobias Wolff, Louise Erdrich, Rick Moody, U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins, Thomas Cobb, Steve Almond, Stuart Dischell, Philip Lopate, Amy Hempel and Margot Livesey.
In 2012, a recent RWU graduate (anonymous) endowed the university with a Fellowship in Fiction and Nonfiction. A select group of students, chosen through a blind submission process, receive the opportunity to have short-term master class with a high-profile writer of distinction. The fellowship, open to all RWU students, is administered by our Writer-in-Residence, and sponsored by the University Library.
We also have a variety of annual awards for our top students. Those include:
The Matthew Wolfe Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing: Established in 1989 in memory of Matthew Wolfe, a prolific writer, this annual scholarship is awarded to a deserving student majoring in creative writing. Student must be a sophomore or above, must maintain a 3.0 average in Creative Writing courses taken at Roger Williams University, and be able to show evidence of above-average writing ability in fiction or poetry.
Excellence in Literary Publishing: Seniors who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in literary publishing through their work on the RWU literary magazine, Mount Hope.
Senior Thesis Award: Students who have done exceptional work in the final thesis and portfolio work.