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Chatham hosts Bridges to Other Worlds Annual Literary Festival on February 15

PITTSBURGH (January 17, 2013) … Chatham University’s nationally recognized Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will host its annual literary festival Bridges to Other Worlds on Friday, February 15, in the Mellon Board Room on the Shadyside campus. This year’s festival focuses on publishing.

The festival will feature two New York editors and one literary agent on the panel: The View from Above: Two Editors and an Agent Talk about Publishing. Simon and Schuster Editor Michael Szczerban, Simon and Schuster Assistant Editor Molly Lindley and Upstart Crow Literary Agent Danielle Chiotti discuss the state of book publishing. This discussion, which will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., will include a “First Page” reading from a work of fiction or nonfiction and a Q&A.

Panels will also include Publishing 101: A how-to discussion on submitting work and manuscripts (noon-1:15 p.m.), First Books: a discussion of the road to that first publication (1:30-2:45 p.m.), and The Literary Life: a roundtable discussion about life in writing after graduation that might include more study, teaching, publishing, editing, or writing for profit (3-4:15 p.m.).

A reading and book signing will conclude the event (8 p.m.), along with book sales and a reception for all participants (6-7 p.m.).

The cost to attend is $50 to sustain quality programming. (Chatham students and faculty with Chatham ID may attend free of charge.) For more information, contact Libba Hockley at

About Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program
Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program allows students to focus on tracks in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, screenwriting, and writing for children, while encouraging them to explore two tracks simultaneously. Students take innovative field seminars that include travel to such places as Costa Rica, Ecuador, India, and Germany. In 2007 Poets & Writers named the MFA one of “Nine Distinctive Programs” and The Atlantic Monthly named it one of five innovative/unique programs in the country in its “Best of the Best” graduate program listings. In January 2012, The Writer named it one of the “4 top schools you should consider” and in 2009, named it one of ten programs that offer a specialty focus. Chatham University also offers an undergraduate BFA in Creative Writing, an online Master of Professional Writing, and a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. For more information, visit or contact Sheryl St. Germain at

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.
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