Community Outreach

Writers at Newark Reading Series
Sponsored by the Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, the English Department, Paul Robeson Gallery, and the Center for Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience. 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 in the multipurpose room in the Campus Center. 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. The Series is free and open to the public.

Writers at Newark NPL Reading Group
The Writers at Newark NPL Reading Group is an affiliate of the Writers at Newark Reading Series, which is co-sponsored by the Newark Public Library and the Essex County Local Arts Program.  The reading group comprised of Newark community members is an intimate and lively book group. The group discusses the texts of the authors in the Writers at Newark Reading Series and then has the opportunity to hear the author read and to partake in post reading Q&A. All reading group discussions are led by NPL reading group fellows.

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 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. Students have the opportunity to hear Series writers read their work and to participate in discussions as a respectful attentive audience.

Writers at Newark High School Contest, Reading and Reception
As part of the Writers at Newark High School Program, Rutgers-Newark MFA Program holds an annual high school contest, including entries in Fiction, Personal Essay, and Poetry, which engages local students from numerous participating high schools. Entries are selected by local English Teachers and contest is judged by MFA faculty and students. The awards reading reception, attended by high school students, parents, and teachers, are held on the Rutgers-Newark Campus in the Paul Robeson Gallery.




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