Creative Writing at The New School

The celebrated NYC Teen Author Festival begins today, Monday, March 18th and will continue for the rest of the week.  The festival is managed and moderated by our own MFA faculty member, David Levithan, and features established and emerging authors. Here's a sampling of the events that you can check out ...

"My Life After Now" by New School MFA Alum Jessica VerdiTuesday, March 19th, from 7:00-8:30 p.m, recent New School MFA alum Jessica Verdi will be participating in a panel entitled "The Only Way Out Is Through: Engaging Truth Through YA." The forum will take place at Word Bookstore, located at 126 Franklin St. in Greenpoint. Other panelists include Crissa Chappell, Tim Decker, Ellen Hopkins, Amy McNamara, and moderator David Levithan.

Jessica Verdi is the author of My Life After After Now. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. Her favorite pastimes include singing showtunes at the top of her lungs (much to her husband's chagrin), watching cheesy TV, and scoring awesome non-leather shoes in a size 5. She's still trying to figure out a way to put her uncanny ability to remember both song lyrics and the intricacies of vampire lore to good use.

"Me, Him, Them, and It" by New School MFA alum Caela CarterFriday, March March 22nd, from 3:00-4:00 p.m., MFA alum Caela Carter will be on the panel for a forum entitled "Taking a Turn: YA Characters Dealing with Bad and Unexpected Choices." The forum will take place at the 42nd St. New York Public Library, the Berger Forum, which is located on the 2nd floor. Featuring Eireann Corrigan, Alissa Grosso, Terra Elan McVoy, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Elizabeth Scott, K. M. Walton, and moderator Aaron Hartzler.

Caela Carter, the author of Me, Him, Them, and It, spent her childhood and teen years in Baltimore, Maryland and Basking Ridge, New Jersey. She worked as a reading and writing teacher for six years in Jacksonville, Florida and Chicago, Illinois. Spending so much time among inspired teenaged writers and readers in Chicago made Caela realize she wanted to write for teens herself. She is a recent graduate of the New School MFA program.

"Wuftoom" by New School alum Mary G ThompsonAlso on Friday, March 22, from 4:40-5:30, MFA alum Mary G. Thompson will participate in the "Alternate World vs. Imaginary World" forum. This forum will take place at the 42nd St. New York Public Library, the Berger Forum, which is located on the 2nd floor. The forum also features Sarah Beth Durst, Jeff Hirsch, Emmy Laybourne, Lauren Miller, E. C. Myers, Diana Peterfreund, and moderator Chris Shoemaker.

Mary G. Thompson is the author of Wuftoom, as well as the forthcoming Escape from the Pipe Men!, and Evil Fairies Love Hair. She was raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, Oregon. She was a practicing attorney for more than 7 years, including almost 5 years in the U.S. Navy, before moving to New York to write full time. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. Find her on the web at


For more information, and news about upcoming events, visit our knowledgeable friends at Teen Writers Bloc.

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