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.

Spotlight Series: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – Julie Lam

Julie Lam discusses her life as an artist, activist and citizen of the world, and how she’s been using her writing skills to advocate for mask wearing and safety precautions […]

Mina Athanassious in Conversation with Rachel Kadish

Fiction alum Mina Athanassious sits down with his former mentor, MFA Writing Faculty in Fiction Rachel Kadish, to talk about changing careers, his unexpected acceptance into the Lesley MFA in […]

Publication News & Announcements: 5/14/22

Candice Iloh (WFYP, June 2017) has an essay in LitHub, “The Complex Grief of Losing a Mother You Already Mourned.” A.J. Verdelle (Fiction, MFA Faculty) has an excerpt from her […]

Spotlight Series: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – Amber Wong

Often, the path to writing isn’t a straight-forward one. Such is the case with Amber Wong, who started writing towards the end of a long career in environmental engineering. Read […]

Publication News & Announcements: 4/29/22

AJ Verdelle (Fiction, MFA Faculty) is pleased to announce that her new book Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison is now available for preorder. Adrian […]

Publication News & Announcements: 4/15/22

July Westhale (Poetry, June 2013) is featured on the Lesley University Why We Write podcast in “July Westhale Goes to the Moon’s Moon.” Andrea Wang (WFYP, June 2011) is interviewed […]

Longing and Absence: Pamela Petro’s The Long Field

Alum Amy Jenness (Nonfiction, January 2021) interviews her former mentor Pamela Petro (Nonfiction/Comics & Graphic Novels, MFA Writing Faculty) about Pam’s 2021 memoir, The Long Field: A Memoir, Wales, and […]

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.

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

New Librarian-Moderated Author Series to Celebrate AAPI Voices [Alum Featured!]

The Samuel R. Delany Fellowship seeks speculative fiction from marginalized authors (October 31st Deadline)

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

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


April 26, 2022

Harper Perennial