American University in Paris Hosts a Reading with Jake Lamar

Written by Cedar Crest College’s MFA student, Stephanie Papa. Left to right: Jake Lamar, Stephanie Papa and Andrew Davidson, author of The Gargoyle and AUP’s writer in residence. On Thursday, February 13th, I had the privilege of hosting an evening reading … more »

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New York, New Work

Before the new distance learning semester kicked off, I was glad to meet with more than half our MFA students in New York City. Our administrative director, Bob Wilson, and I carpooled in from Allentown, where we met a number … more »

 
Barcelona Approaches!

Our program is built for Barcelona. Feargal and Alison, our Locale Director and Locale Coordinator, both live there. And I’ve managed to spend 14 of the the last 48 months there. Barcelona, in fact, is what Feargal and I had … more »

 
SCENE ONE: Writing Story Openings that Sell

Friday, October 11, 8 p.m. EDT (90 minutes) Cost: $200.00 USD $150.00 USD for Cedar Crest College Enrolled Students (graduate or undergraduate) and Alumnae Registration Deadline: Thursday, 10/10 by 4 p. m EDT (Late registrants accepted if space available) In a … more »

 

Join our information webinar and hear about our summer residencies (Dublin in June 2013!), learn about our esteemed faculty which include a poet laureate and a MacArthur Fellow, and receive tips on how to present your portfolio. Program Director Fred … more »

 
Meet MFA student Uma Mishra

Uma shares her inspiration and dreams Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, where you are from, perhaps places your traveled and jobs you have held and your education and other experiences that have informed your decision to … more »

 
The Distance Learning First Option

If there is one thing I’ve learned from directing writing programs over the past seventeen years, it’s that the best program is the one that listens to its students and responds to their literary aspirations.  This kind of responsiveness shapes a program into an … more »

 
Dinaw Mengestu, MFA Faculty member, is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow

Congratulations to Dinaw Mengestu, 2012 MacArthur “Genius”! His recognized work, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2008), richly depicts the stories of immigrants escaping the violence of their African homelands and remaking their lives in urban America. Dinaw is also the author of … more »

 
A Place for Everyone

Over the last eleven years of directing an MFA program, one of the most poignant questions I get from prospective MFA candidates is, “Will I fit in?” It’s an interesting question, because most writers don’t fit in terribly well anywhere, … more »

 
What Else Is Like Our Program

I’ve just returned from Geneva, where one of the interesting things I did was run an all-day workshop for members of the Geneva Writers Group. This is the group that organizes the esteemed Geneva International Writers Conference, and is soon … more »