Alumni of the Creative Writing Program’s Writing for Children and Young Adults concentration have created a bond that far surpasses graduation. These alumni and faculty have built a community and support each other in both their professional careers and their lives outside of writing. This past month has proven evidence that this bond is as strong as ever as WFC/YA alumni and faculty have come together and launched books, given readings, spoken at festivals and moderated and sat on panels. These events all took place within a few blocks from The New School.
“It’s so wonderful to see how many faculty and fellow alumni come out to these events to celebrate and support,” explained WFC/YA Coordinator Caron Levis. “Not only do former classmates tend to show up for each other, but students of all years seek each other out and attend events. Our alumni, along with being talented writers, are magical event creators—and I mean that literally, at Celeste’s launch she had a magician!”
Recent WFC/YA Events:
MFA alum Celeste Lim, celebrated her latest YA novel, The Crystal Ribbon, with a book launch at Books of Wonder. Numerous faculty and alumni, including Lim's editor and New School Master Class professor Andrea Davis Pinkney, faculty David Levithan, and Levis spent the evening celebrating with her.
MFA Faculty David Levithan moderated "Teen Author Night at Jefferson Market" earlier this month featuring MFA alumni Mary G. Thompson and her book Flicker & Mist, Media Studies graduate Tiffany Jackson and her debut novel Allegedly, and WFC/YA Chapbook judge Crissa Jean-Chappelle.
MFA alum Corey Haydu celebrated her latest YA novel, The Careful Undressing of Love, with a book launch at Books of Wonder. Alyson Gerber, Caela Carter, Jessica Verdi, and Amy Ewing, all MFA alumni from the class of 2012, were in attendance celebrating with Haydu.
“I feel so lucky to have found a supportive community in my New School classmates,” said Haydu, who is currently working on a middle grade novel, The Someday Suitcase, coming out this summer. “They are often my first readers, or at the very least the first people with whom I share my new ideas and talk through my latest publishing ups and downs. We have a deep investment in each others work (and lives), and we've been really lucky to transcend being writer-friends, and now we are simply friends.”