King’s MFA residency in New York City

King's MFA residency in New York City

Thirty five King’s graduate writing students spent last week in New York City meeting with, and learning from, some of the most accomplished and influential figures in the literary and publishing world.

The week-long publishing-focused residency at Pace University in lower Manhattan is a key component of King’s two-year limited residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program.

Over the course of their degree, students must complete two intense summer writing-focused residencies at King’s College in Halifax, and two winter publishing residencies, one in New York and Toronto, North America’s publishing capitals. Throughout the program, students also receive one-to-one mentoring on their nonfiction book projects from some of North America’s finest nonfiction authors and teachers.

During their recent week in New York, the students heard from more than two dozen featured speakers, all experts in the world of writing, editing, publishing and marketing nonfiction. They included: Lewis Lapham, the legendary former editor Harper’s magazine; Adam Gopnik, the New Yorker writer and author; Clive Thompson, the iconoclastic author and freelance writer for The New York Times Magazine, Wired and The Smithsonian; Brenda Copeland, the Executive Editor of St. Martin’s Press; Jennifer Weltz, the president of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency; Michael Cader, the president and publisher of Publishers Marketplace; George Gibson, publisher of Bloomsbury Books; Michael Denneny, a former editor at St. Martin’s Press and now head of the Independent Editors Group; Paul Levitz, author and former publisher and president of DC Entertainment; and Manuela Soares: a former editor at Crown Books and now a member of the faculty of the Pace University Publishing Program.

The Registrar’s Office is currently accepting applications for the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program beginning in August 2015.

Interested in learning more?

Don Sedgwick, the Executive Director of the MFA, will talk about the program and answer your questions during a live online session on Wednesday, January 21 at  7:30 p.m. AST.

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