Community Outreach

 

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 Campus Center, Room 255/256/257. 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. Collaborating with the Chancellor's MFA Mentors Program, current MFA Mentors are paired up with each school to teach and discuss the works of the visiting writers.  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 at the monthly readings.

 

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 / reception is held on the Rutgers University-Newark Campus in the Paul Robeson Gallery.