Somewhere in Crystal Castro’s mother’s attic is the first book Castro ever wrote. “这是用蜡笔写的，然后装订在一起,卡斯特罗说。, 利特尔的初级编辑, 给年轻读者的棕色书, 纽约五大出版商之一.
Castro graduated wofacaidafa黄金版州立大学 with a Bachelor of 艺术 in English and a minor in Creative Writing in May 2022.
“我第一天上班是在毕业三周后,卡斯特罗说。, who credits the 创意写作计划 with helping her land her dream job. “我喜欢它。. 这可能是我接下来的职业生涯要做的事情——很高兴.”
直到她加入这个项目, 卡斯特罗说, 她认为写作是她一个人在卧室里做的事情. 的n she was introduced to a writing workshop with visiting English Professor Rachel Carter. “她营造了一个令人难以置信的工作环境, 我读别人的作品, 他们在读我的作品, 我们给彼此反馈,她回忆道。. “It was this incredibly collaborative experience, and I – all at once – fell in love with that.”
Galef notes that many of the students at Montclair are second-generation immigrants, 他们通常是家里第一个上大学的人, 而且英语并不总是他们的母语. Additionally, “的y’re often holding down one or even two jobs and that’s tough,他说. “的 fact that they’re competing head-to-head with schools with higher profiles and they’ve done this well – I think it’s amazing, 他们应该为此得到认可.”
创意写作工作坊和一个 创意写作辅修 对所有本科生开放吗, regardless of discipline; however, 只有英语专业的学生才能专注于创意写作. Galef为这个项目感到自豪，也为它给学生带来的好处感到自豪. “I’m often asked that age-old question, ‘Can you 真的 teach creative writing?’”他笑着说. “问这个问题的人可能从来没有参加过研讨会.”
的 程序 涵盖200级、300级和400级课程. 在200级课程中，学生经常会得到写作提示, 但在高级课程中没有, Galef说. “你有一个学期的时间给我们40页纸，做你想做的. 我们给出了更多的结构，但我们不会告诉你该怎么做. 你从一个较长的作品中创作故事或章节, 我们对其进行研究,他说, 添加, “这与学生在MFA项目中遇到的情况非常相似. 事实上, a project in the advanced 小说 workshop makes a very suitable writing sample, 你应该申请艺术硕士课程吗.”
通过创意写作课程，学生们可以选修各种各样的课程. “You may think you’re God’s gift to poetry but have you tried a 小说 class? 编剧呢?? 年轻人呢?? 我们有很多不同的选修课，”Galef说.
马克·罗特拉教授, director of the Joseph and Elda Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America, 教各种课程, 包括食品, 回忆录和体育写作. 作者和前高级编辑 《wofacaidafa黄金版》罗特拉喜欢教书.
“I’m kind of lucky in that the students who take my class are those who are very interested in writing,罗特拉说. “他们参加所有的课程，做所有的工作.”
在他的美食写作课上, that may include tasting food and writing about it or penning a restaurant review. 罗特拉用普鲁斯特式的方法来写美食. “I take them into writing about food as memory and how food – like Marcel Proust’s madeleine – once you bite into something, 会激起一连串的回忆吗,他说. “I talk about food as culture; a lot of students at wofacaidafa黄金版州立 come from so many different backgrounds, 食物成为讨论文化的通用语.同时，他的回忆录写作“让学生可以。 真的 get to know each other, feel comfortable with writing about themselves and sharing it,他说. Lastly, sports writing is not about scores reportage but long, narrative-form writing.
最终, his classes provide students “the opportunity to write something that they won’t in almost every other class at a university level,他说. “我想让他们拥有的东西, 在学期结束时, is that one piece of writing that they are 真的 proud of that they can say they accomplished. 他们可以给家人看, they could show their kids in the future but also that maybe when they apply to grad school or for a job, 这里有一个写作样本. 他们可以说，‘这是我写的，我为此感到骄傲.’”
今年, Rotella helped formalize a partnership between the Montclair Literary Festival and wofacaidafa黄金版州立大学.
创意写作校友达文勒布11已经得到了好评如潮 《wofacaidafa黄金版》，一部抒情回忆录 (西弗吉尼亚大学出版社), a coming-of-age story about his Southern Black and Long Island-Jewish heritage.
“Engagingly delivered, candid reflections on heritage and identity,” praises Kirkus Reviews. 《wofacaidafa黄金版》写道:“完全吸引人，引起共鸣， 之间的 应该是你书架上最重要的位置.”
在获得英语文学学士学位并专注于创意写作之后, 勒布于2015年毕业于罗格斯大学卡姆登分校，获得硕士学位, 他从哪里开始写回忆录. 然而, 这位新泽西作家, 的 Rumpus的英语老师和在线编辑, 勒布认为创意写作课程让他成为了更好的作家.
除了, 勒布, who is currently working on a collection of essays about parenthood and being a father, looks back fondly on learning from Montclair professors: “I remember taking poetry with Dr. 约翰尼·洛伦兹和小说. 大卫Galef and feeling like I learned so much about how to become a better writer – that my poetry could absolutely influence my prose, 因此, my prose could influence my poetry – that the two could equally exist in my work.”
艾丽莎·迪帕尔马，23岁, 谁获得了影视学士学位, 凭借《wofacaidafa黄金版》获得2023年约翰尼·穆勒纪念小说奖学金,” a story she wrote as part of a class while working on her 创意写作辅修. She credits Galef with creating “a safe environment for other writers to share their work, 互相批评对方的作品, to give each other positive feedback or critical feedback but in a way where no one ever felt like it was too harsh or too critical.”
卡斯特罗说，她参加了创意写作项目, 想着她会成为一个更好的作家. “I definitely did, but I came out with my career and so much more,” she says.
Both she and 勒布 strongly urge ambitious undergrads to enter the 创意写作计划.
“I would recommend students take creative writing classes in different genres, 尤其是他们不常写的题材,勒布说。.
Castro encourages anyone “who is interested in reading and writing” to participate. 的 程序, she says, isn’t “just for people who want to be authors someday. It’s for anyone who feels like they have a story, and I’m of the opinion that that’s everyone.”