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Karen Russell, the Pulitzer Prize nominated author of Swamplandia and St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised By Wolves, will be joining our faculty as a Distinguished Guest Teacher for the Spring 2015 semester.

Russell, one of The New Yorker's Twenty Under Forty, has been nominated for the Orange Prize and named as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. She will be discussing some of her favorite works of fiction with our MFA students in a series of wide-ranging literary discussions.

Contact Information

Dee Jonczak, English Department Secretary
Rutgers University
Armitage Hall, 311 N. 5th St.
Camden, NJ 08102


In small, personal classes, our writers will have the opportunity to make meaningful connections with the faculty and with each other, on an intimate campus backed by the resources of a major research university.

The Rutgers-Camden Master of Fine Arts in creative writing is a 42-credit terminal degree in the theory and practice of writing – the first of its kind in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area.

What makes the Rutgers-Camden MFA different? We think that writers in one genre can learn from writers in another– poets from fiction writers, fiction writers from memoirists, and memoirists from poets. Our unique multi-genre approach prepares our students not only to write poetry and prose but to teach at the college level. MFA students interested in pursuing academic careers have the option of taking graduate courses in Rutgers-Camden’s highly regarded Teaching of Writing M.A. track. Therefore, while our students concentrate in fiction, poetry, or narrative nonfiction, they are encouraged to enroll in workshops and craft classes in genres and disciplines other than their own and with teachers who publish across genres.

Rutgers-Camden offers a mix of workshops, craft courses, literature courses, and the celebrated Rutgers Summer Writers’ Conference, a week and a half of intensive summer study with some of the most famous names in poetry, fiction, memoir, and publishing.