Chatham University

MFA in Creative Writing Program presents

Summer Community of Writers

July 24 – August 3, 2014
Chatham University
Shadyside Campus

Ten days of intensive workshops, craft lectures and readings with award-winning poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers on Chatham University's gorgeous Shadyside campus. Each participant also receives a 30 minute manuscript consultation with a workshop instructor. For-credit and non-credit options available. ACT 48 available for-credit only. Contact Erin Hutton at to register or for more information.


Student Testimonials

It's a beautiful, beneficial experience to read a book by a distinguished, brilliant writer. However, it's an irreplaceable, invaluable experience to read that book, then sit in a room with that writer, listen and learn from that writer and do so in an environment where that same writer knows your name, your work and, equally, listens to you.
–Cody Leutgens, current student
This intensive setting is a gift, something I wish I could do every summer.
–Lori Barrett, current student
The ten-day intensive accelerated my process of self-discovery as I grew into a deeper understanding of my process and craft. I arrived to Chatham as a person who enjoyed writing, and I left a writer.
–Kimberly McElhatten, current student
What I find to be most impressive about the SCW is the breadth of thought that is put into planning the week. In a compacted time students are able to deeply consider several aspects of writing and the modern arena of writing. Poetry, non-fiction and fiction are expanded upon by delving into areas of possible interest. Being exposed to memoir, food writing, metaphor, education beyond academia through Words Without Walls, interaction with the natural world, along with a host of other ideas, helps to expand one's understanding of possible markets, emerging trends and publishing opportunities. In a word, holistic.
–Dan Kirk, current student

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