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.

Meet the New Director – A conversation with Julia Leef, Executive Director of Cambridge Common Writers

The new Director of Cambridge Common Writers shares her vision for the alumni association and opens up about her own writing—from her first book launch at age six (!) to […]

Publication News & Announcements: April 2024

Celeste Mohammed (Fiction, June 2016) has a short story “Terre Brulee” which has been shortlisted for the 2024 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Saraciea J. Fennell’s (WFYP, January 2020) short story […]

Publication News & Announcements: March 2024

D. Dina Friedman’s (Fiction, January 2016) new poetry collection Here in Sanctuary–Whirling is now available from Querencia Press. Ella N. Alkiewicz (Nonfiction, June 2018) has a poem “Kooyook Poodlat carved […]

Publication News & Announcements: February 2024

Kent Neal (Poetry, January 2023) has three poems in the current issue of Hole in the Head Review: “Conversion Therapy for a Straight Razor,” “Maintaining the Line,” and “Men Like […]

Publication News & Announcements: January 2024

Katherine Karch’s (WFYP, June 2018) story “A Wielder Does Not Know Regret” is included in The Best of 2023 Anthology from Metaphorosis: a Magazine of Speculative Fiction. Eileen Cleary (Poetry, […]

Publication News & Announcements: December 2023

Enzo Silon Surin’s (Poetry, 2012) poem “When Night Fills with Premature Exits” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Black Lawrence Press. The poem was also featured recently on […]

Cambridge Common Writers End-of-Year Celebration and Gift Guide 2023

Of all the features on our website that we get to share with the Lesley MFA community, our End-of-Year Celebration and Gift Guide is our favorite. Not only do we […]

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.

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All articles from the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Hub are archived on our DEI Hub page.

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