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.

Courting the Muse in Liminal Spaces—A Conversation with David Farrow

A speculative fiction writer with a passion for liminal spaces and using fantastical elements to explore real-world issues, David Farrow shares the importance of “courting the muse,” giving back to […]

Publication News & Announcements: August 2023

Stephanie Willing (WFYP, June 2017) is the winner of the Best Audiobook Performance in Fiction at the 2023 One Voice Awards. She also has an article “5 Tips for Writing […]

On Networking and Community—A Conversation with Cheryl Eagan-Donovan

In this interview, writer and filmmaker Cheryl Eagan-Donovan walks us through the various stages of her newest film, Nothing Is Truer than Truth, from early sources of inspiration to international distribution, and […]

Publication News & Announcements: July 2023

Candice Iloh (WFYP, June 2017) received a starred review in Kirkus for their forthcoming novel in verse, Salt the Water. Katherine Karch (WFYP, June 2018) has a story, “The Wielder […]

Writing Alongside the Consciousness of a Reader – A Conversation with Naomi Mulvihill

Poetry alum Naomi Mulvihill chats with us about how her Lesley MFA mentors helped her learn not to hide what she didn’t know, exploring topics around education and craft, teaching […]

Publication News & Announcements: June 2023

Jody Hobbs Hesler’s (Fiction, June 2017) short story collection What Makes You Think You’re Supposed to Feel Better is now available for pre-order from Cornerstone Press. Michael Mercurio (Poetry, January […]

Publication News & Announcements: May 2023

Kate Fussner’s (WFYP, June 2021) middle-grade novel-in-verse The Song of Us is listed in Lambda Literary as one of May’s Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+ Books. The Song of Us is also […]

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


AAPI Picture Book Recommendations from the New York Public Library
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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.

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Candlewick Press

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Harper Perennial

November 7, 2023

Titan Books

October 15, 2023

Arrowsmith Press

October 3, 2023

Carolrhoda Books

October 3, 2023

Dutton Books for Young Readers

October 3, 2023

Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

September 2023

Jaded Ibis Press