Cambridge Common Writers exists to provide a gathering place for alumni, faculty, and friends of Lesley University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing, situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We seek to cultivate new and diverse literary voices.



Publication News & Announcements: July 2022

Sebastian Murdoch (Fiction, June 2019) has a new short story “Piecemeal” out in Crow and Cross Keys. Pam Petro’s (Nonfiction, MFA faculty) book The Long Field, has been shortlisted for […]

All the World’s A (Scribe)Stage! : A Chat with Wendy Ewan, WSS ’18

The mentors in our lives can have huge impacts on our writing. Writing for Stage and Screen alum Wendy Ewan talks about her mentors from the Lesley MFA in Creative […]

Publication News & Announcements: 6/30/22

Sonia Phillips Resika’s (Fiction, June 2020) short story “Slip, Fall,” which appeared in the Winter 2021-22 issue of Ploughshares, has been nominated for for a PEN 2023 Emerging Writers Award. […]

Spotlight Series: Pride Month – Kate Estrop

Although we may not always know where our writing paths will lead us, if we follow our passions, we usually end up somewhere pretty great. Alum Kate Estrop discovered a […]

Cambridge Common Writers Alumni Reading – June 2022 (Video)

Join Cambridge Common Writers for an evening of reading from a selection of our incredible alums: Featured Readers: Fabiola R. Decius – WSS, June 2015Dan Carey – Poetry, June 2021Emily […]

Spotlight Series: Pride Month – Kate Fussner

The Lesley MFA Program in Creative Writing opened up new avenues for many of us in exploring ourselves and our writing. WFYP alum Kate Fussner talks about how her mentors […]

Spotlight Series: Pride Month – Frances Donovan

After finding her way back to writing after some time in web development, Frances Donovan went on to self-publish her own chapbook, which became a finalist in the 31st annual […]


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Hub

CCW is dedicated to supporting our writers of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, ability/disability, and geographic region, and providing our community the resources with which to celebrate, embrace, and learn about all cultures.

25 books that highlight the beauty of Indigenous literature

THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL QUEER BOOKS OF ALL TIME

AAPI Picture Book Recommendations from the New York Public Library
[Alum Featured!]

Confronting Cultural Illiteracy: LGBTQ Books 2022

Roxane Gay partnering with Substack to create the Joel Gay Creative Fellowships for emerging writers

All articles from the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Hub are archived on our DEI Hub page.

october 18, 2022

Scholastic Press

October 4, 2022

Balzer + Bray

July 22, 2022

Deep Hearts YA

June 7, 2022

Gemma Open Door

May 31, 2022

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

May 24, 2022

Dutton Books for Young Readers

May 17, 2022

Scribner / Marysue Rucci Books

May 10, 2022

Amistad