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Renowned Chatham University writing program opens its Summer Community of Writers residency event to public

The 10-day series of intensive workshops, craft lectures, and readings is led by Chatham’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program

PITTSBURGH (February 28, 2013) … For the first time in the program’s history, Chatham University’s renowned Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is opening its summer residency program to the public. The 10-day event, beginning with an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. on July 31 and ending at 10:15 a.m. on August 10, is hosted on Chatham’s Shadyside Campus. It will feature intensive workshops, craft lectures, and readings with award-winning writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Each participant will also receive a 45-minute manuscript consultation with a workshop instructor. The program offers a supportive community of peers and published writers who can provide inspiration, feedback, and guidance on the revision of poetry and prose.

Previously, the opportunity to attend was only available to students enrolled in Chatham’s Master of Creative Writing low-residency program, which is entirely online with the exception of attending summer residencies, but is now open to any writers, beginning through advanced, who are interested in improving their writing. The core faculty will include BK Loren, fiction writer and keynote speaker, Lori Jakiela, creative nonfiction; Sean Thomas Dougherty, poetry, Sherrie Flick, fiction and food writing. Credit and non-credit options are available; it costs $500 to attend as a non-credit student. For more information and application instructions, contact Libba Hockley at or 412-365-1685.

About Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program
Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing 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 10 programs that offer a specialty focus. Chatham’s MFA in Creative Writing program also leads Words Without Walls, a creative collaboration with the Allegheny County Jail that fosters and supports creative expression and personal growth by exposing men and women at the jail to literature, award-winning visiting authors, and the opportunity to publish their work. 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.

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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.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit