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WRITERS AT NEWARK READING SERIES
Sponsored by the Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, the English Department and the Paul Robeson Gallery, The Writers at Newark Reading Series provides a bridge to the Newark community. Readings are held once a month, at 5:30 pm in the Paul Robeson Gallery or Robeson Multipurpose Room 231. The series usually features two prominent writers whose diverse voices reflect the “Real Lives, Real Stories” theme of the MFA program. It provides a dynamic forum for the members of both the university and local community to hear and interact with the writers. It is free and open to the public.
WRITERS AT NEWARK HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM
The Writers at Newark High School Program provides English teachers at local high schools with excerpts of the works of nationally-known poets, novelists, short story and nonfiction writers from the Writers at Newark Reading Series. Teachers can elect to enrich their language arts curriculum by introducing their students to the work of contemporary writers who speak to the concerns of urban youth and teaching them how to be a respectful, attentive audience. Students have the opportunity to hear these writers present their work and participate in discussions.
WRITERS AT NEWARK HIGH SCHOOL CONTEST
As part of the Writers at Newark High School Program, Rutgers-Newark MFA Program holds an annual high school writing contest, including entries in Fiction, Personal Essay, and Poetry, which engages local Newark students, grades 10 through 12. Entries are turned in by local English teachers and the contest is judged by MFA students and faculty. The awards reading / receptions is held on the Rutgers-Newark Campus in the Paul Robeson Gallery.
WRITERS AT NEWARK NPL READING GROUP
The Reading Group is an affiliate of the Writers at Newark Reading Series, which is co-sponsored by the Newark Public Library and an Essex County Local Arts Grant. The Reading Group is comprised of adults and mentored teens from the Newark community. This intimate and lively book group, led by Rutgers-Newark MFA Fellows, discusses the texts of the authors in the Writers at Newark Reading Series, attends the Series readings as guests of the MFA, and participates in the question/answer session after the readings.