A COMMUNITY OF WRITERS
They are writers, editors and publishers; poets, playwrights, and novelists. They have received numerous awards and grants, given readings and workshops, and their work, created while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing, can be found in books, journals, chapbooks, newspapers, magazines, and on the world wide web. They are the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of New England College’s undergraduate Creative Writing program. The variety of their projects is endless, and their collective energy has created a vibrant community at NEC – a community of writers. As Maura MacNeil, Professor of Writing, describes it, “When I think about the ways to define what we do, I think of the collaborative nature of our work and how that allows for intellectual and professional growth. That leads to the sharing of ideas and builds community.”
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
For high school students, NEC has sponsored and hosted the New Hampshire Young Writers Conference for the past two years.
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE'S MFA DEGREE IN POETRY
The College’s MFA degree in poetry is the only single-genre program of its kind in the country. This degree program features a summer and winter residency each year with an online component in between allowing students to participate from any location.
1010 AND 1020 – NUMBERS WORTH REMEMBERING
For those unaccustomed to the nomenclature of higher education, 1010 and 1020 refer to the first and second semester writing courses required of all NEC students. In the academic world, teaching introductory writing courses can be challenging for even the most seasoned faculty members. Students approach first year writing with a wide range of skills, varying levels of interest in the art form, and often a fair amount of trepidation about the process.
OFF THE PRESS
Also deserving recognition, along with the talented and published writers of NEC, are several noteworthy publications produced by members of the community. First year writing students have an outlet for their creative work in the publication Inkslinger. This annual review of poetry and short works serves to enhance students’ enjoyment of the writing process and to support them through what is for many, their first encounter with serious writing.
THE FINAL WORD
NEC’s community of writers has reached deeply into the professional and literary publications enjoyed by today’s readers. Their influence as writers, scholars, and teachers is widely recognized and continues to grow each year. And they have found an audience that includes every age group in every geographic location and every genre.
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