Writing is a way to think about the world, and also to envision new worlds.
The Lesley MFA program in Creative Writing is one of the oldest low residency programs in the nation. It's situated in Cambridge, and the Boston-Cambridge area is a literary and cultural center. We also have a very strong student mentor model. So students work very, very closely with their mentors. They get to choose their mentors.
I think the mentorship piece of the program is actually really one of the best things that this program can offer. You get an opportunity to work with a lot of different writers and different perspectives on the craft and on your work. And so it gives you the ability to kind of take a little bit of their opinion, a little bit of what you know about yourself and really work out what's best in your writing.
The nice thing about the mentors here is everybody's like this world class writer. So you have this access to people who are working in their field and doing really well in their field, really successful in their field, and you have their full and undivided attention during residency. And during that submission process, you have their full and undivided attention. Whatever it is you need, we're here for you. We're here to help you get what you need.
We also have a very strong Interdisciplinary Studies component that allows students to work outside of their genres and to explore areas of interest to them in support of their writing projects. So say you're a fiction student who's interested in looking at the granularity of language. You might take a poetry course.
The workshops are fantastic. You're working with your peers on their best work and your best work. I really like the fact that they bring in guest readers, and then several of the faculty read throughout the week.
The Lesley MFA program in Creative Writing partners with editors, with agents, with publishers, with festivals, which allows our students to put their work in front of professionals.
The teaching of writing and writing itself, it's really intimate. It has to be. And so in a way, it's a privilege to meet another person's unconscious with your own unconscious, and to be a witness to the process of their kind of coming into their own.
My writing has improved so much, and I'm so excited about where it's going, and what I can do with it, and the opportunities that hopefully will come out of it.
Spaces like this program at Lesley, where you get to learn how to do it well, how to express yourself well and go out into the world and say the things that you need to say in a meaningful way, in a way that connects with people, is just so important.
So there's a really wonderful community here that has been built that continues to expand with our current students, our faculty, our alums, who are very connected and engaged with the program.