College announces new creative writing program

On Sept. 24, the College announced the creation of a new creative-writer-in-residence program aimed to begin in the Spring of 2020. The Jennifer Jahrling Forese Writer-in-Residence Program in Creative Writing will bring a distinguished writer to work with students across campus in an assortment of ways. In an email to the Echo, Margaret McFadden, provost and dean of faculty, described the role of the future writer-in-residence. 

“The writer in residence will engage with students in a variety of ways. They might teach a regular semester course, offer writing workshops or master classes and advise students doing honors or capstone projects,” McFadden said in the email. “They will also offer public readings and otherwise share their work with the community.”

Although there is no decision yet on who the writer will be, the creative writing program faculty are currently in the process of choosing the first participant, according to McFadden. 

This program is made possible by a donation from Trustee Jamie Forese and Jennifer Forese P`16,`18. 

“This transformative gift will enable the department to invite important writers to come to campus for longer and more in-depth engagements with our students and faculty, thus deepening the impact of their presence in our community. The Jennifer Jahrling Forese residency will ensure that we are constantly bringing new voices and perspectives into an already vibrant program, over an extended period of time,” McFadden said. 

Michaela Norman `20, a student in the creative writing department, is looking forward to the recognition this will bring to the creative writing department. 

“I think it’s really great that this program is bringing more attention to the creative writing department, which is often overlooked despite the amazing work the faculty and students do,” Norman said in a recent interview with the Echo

This new program doesn’t only cater to those in the English department, and all students are welcome to engage with the writer-in-residence.

“Because the writer in residence will be on campus over time, students who are not English or CW [creative writing] majors or minors could still participate in events like workshops, readings, and master classes with them,” McFadden said.

“The great thing is that this person’s presence on campus will enhance and amplify and increase the opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage with literary work and creative writing at a high level.”

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