Managing Editorial & Communications Intern Emily Smith Promoted to Programming & Arts Manager

eb8tc9The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is delighted to announce the promotion of Emily Smith to Programming & Arts Manager. Emily joined the company two years ago and has previously served as the Managing Editorial & Communications Intern. Now, Emily will work closely with the directors and aid in the implementation of CWW’s programming such as retreats, workshops, and readings.

Please join us in congratulating Emily!

Emily Smith is the Programming & Arts Manager for the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop and a Contributing Blogger for Ploughshares. Originally from Sarasota, Florida, she holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from New Hampshire Institute of Art. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus, Brooklyn MagazineBustle, Brevity, Luna Luna and others.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop


We here at the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you are enjoying this day with your family and loved ones. We would like to express our thanks to those who have supported the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop this year, from our retreat participants to our faculty to those who attended our readings and workshops. We hope you continue to support us in the next year, and we hope we can continue to help you with all of your creative endeavors.

CWW Alumni Elizabeth Carter Wellington Publishes Circus Girl: A Novel

girlThe Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is proud to announce that alumni Elizabeth Carter Wellington has recently published Circus Girl: A Novel.

The novel takes place in 1971 and seventeen-year-old Sarah Cunningham is consumed by wanderlust. When her passion for capturing interesting subjects through her camera lens leads Sarah to a grassy lot one day, she becomes immediately mesmerized by the fascinating circus life that surrounds her. Eager to fit in and in need of a passport into a world beyond her reach, Sarah escapes her scripted suburban life, makes the circus her family, and loses her virginity to West, a handsome performer with a gift for handling wild animals. In this coming-of-age story, a restless teenager embarks on a journey of self-discovery during the 1970s after she runs away with the circus and discovers that life under a tent is as unpredictable as she is.

The book is available now in bookstores and online through and

headshot_bethwellingtonElizabeth C. Wellington has had a long career as a Spanish professor and college textbook editor in New England. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Language and Literatures from Boston University and holds a Master of Arts degree with a specialization in Latin American Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Before entering the field of university teaching, she worked for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome. Her college language teaching experience is extensive and includes full-time positions at Wellesley, Babson, Simmons and Boston University.

Rita Banerjee’s “Chicago Ode” – A Mass Poetry: Poem of the Moment

masspoetry-poemofthemomentMany thanks to Mass Poetry for featuring CWW Creative Director Rita Banerjee’s poem, “Chicago Ode,” in their Poem of the Moment section.  Mass Poetry supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts.  Mass Poetry helps to broaden the audience of poetry readers, brings poetry to readers of all ages and transform people’s lives through inspiring verse.  A selection of the poem is included below, and you can read the poem on Mass Poetry here.

Chicago Ode

You came quiet on
cat feet with
for minor names

Like architecture,
you remained
aortal and stung—

Colors dropped
off grids and arcs
bending like yellow,
red and unglued blue

You moved like
a river under
Boul Mich elevated

undulated space,
kept sails and lovers
lit on harbor.

like bodies lit
on grass, you stood
unlike bronze

unlike concrete, too
contained in no
form, no limb
that would move

like fever
your eyes grew
catlike, calling to
strange bodies,

locking lakes in land,
you asked time to
sneeze, hiccup, to not
speak at all—

asked to linger no
longer or to
stay longer like

cracklers at night,
the firework’s parched
breath & Ferris wheel
lights that held

like ships & whistles
a cradle
without thread.

* Read the poem on Mass Poetry here.

Rita Banerjee’s novella, “A Night with Kali,” in Approaching Footsteps now available for pre-order from Spider Road Press

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00068]Rita Banerjee’s novella, A Night with Kali, will be published in Approaching Footsteps, an anthology of four compelling novellas by talented women which will keep you guessing. In the anthology, best-selling novelist Donna Hill spins a gripping tale of desperation and danger. Author Jennifer Leeper puts a unique spin on noir fiction. Writer and scholar Rita Banerjee blends a story of two unlikely allies trapped in a monsoon with a tale of murder and magic. Debut writer Megan Steusloff tells the story of an interracial couple and the deadly price that must be paid for freedom. Reader’s Bonus: Highlights from Spider Road Press’ recent flash fiction contests. Spider Road Press donates 5% of the proceeds from its titles to charities which address the issues of sexual assault, supporting American veterans, empowering youth and fighting hunger at home and abroad. Pre-order Approaching Footsteps from Spider Road Press here!

In Rita Banerjee’s novella, A Night with Kali, two people from different classes, a taxi driver called Tamal-da and his well-to-do passenger meet under unusual circumstances. Stuck together in a flood in the middle of a monsoon hitting Kolkata, Tamal entertains his bored, out-of-town passenger by telling her the story of his life. As he explains how he ended up hustling the mean streets of Kolkata, how he abandoned his rural village, and why he left his family of fishers behind, Tamal spins a tale that is both mundane and fantastic. Built on the tradition of Bengali ghost stories, Tamal’s coming-of-age tale depends as much on the supernatural as on the possibility or impossibility of human connection.

CWW Grant Writing & Program Development Intern AM Ringwalt’s Folk Duo Featured on Sound of Boston

wwaibGrant Writing & Programming Intern AM Ringwalt recently recorded a single and a five-song EP at The Soul Shop in Medford with her partner Will Johnson. The Cambridge Writer’s Workshop is thrilled to announce that the single, “The Good Earth,” premiered exclusively on Sound of Boston earlier this month. The song is now available for free download on Fawn’s Bandcamp page.

Fawn, Ringwalt and Johnson’s duo, combines elements of banjo, guitar, ukulele, synth and poetry in exploration of the often-ignored spaces between pre-established genres. Neither Dog Nor Car, the duo’s debut EP, will be released in early November.

From Sound of Boston:

Johnny Cash’s version of “The Good Earth” is jaunty and playful, with guitar, strings, and percussion chugging along beneath Cash’s rich, resonant vocals. Fawn takes a different approach, opening with Ringwalt’s delicate voice and Johnson plucking along a nearly stagnant bass line. Fawn adds a heaviness to “The Good Earth,” exploring the depth of the song’s lyrics. “I’ve traveled far and traveled wide/I’ve seen a lot of things./But looking back on all the years/I don’t know what they mean,” Ringwalt sings, adding pauses and drawing out the refrain Cash hurries through.

The duo adds a profundity to the lyrics by taking the time to enunciate each word, with the bass pushing back to support its weight. “This song is a prayer, a celebration of Cash, and, to the best of our knowledge, one of the few (if not the only) female-voiced versions of this song,” said Fawn in a press release.

Call for Instructors! – Deadline: October 25, 2016

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is currently seeking creative writing instructors in the field of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, mixed-genre, screenwriting, and playwriting for our 2017 retreats, both stateside and aboard. Upcoming locations include California, Louisiana, Spain, and New England and retreats run from 4-10 days, depending on location. Compensation available for all teaching positions.  Candidates with MFAs or PhDs in Creative writing, professional writing and teaching experience, and a strong publication history are preferred. If interested, please apply through our Submittable Page. Please include the following with your application:

  1. Cover Letter (including a biography, your interest in the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, your background in creative writing, and what you hope to add to our community)
  2. CV (including a list of major publications, creative writing courses taught, three references, and contact information)
  3. Three Pitches for Classes (one paragraph abstract for each class)
  4. Work Sample (20-40 pages of poetry, prose, a script, or mixed-genre work)
  5. Availability and Preference for Retreat Locations

Application Period: October 5, 2016 – October 25, 2016
Apply at

Announcing Our New Media Arts Intern: Shannon Sawyer

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is delighted to announce our new Media Arts Intern, Shannon Sawyer!

shannonpicShannon O. Sawyer is a graduate from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and holds a BFA in Creative Writing. She served as an editor of Ayris Magazine from 2015 to 2016 and works as a scriptwriter for the audio drama podcast Jim Robbie and the Wanderers. Her work has been published in Cartoons Underground, The Fem, and Quail Bell Magazine. In her spare time she enjoys drawing, watching cartoons, and screaming at heteronormative books in her local book stores.

Please give a warm welcome to Shannon Sawyer!  We’re excited to work with her this year!

– Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

CWW Arts & Programming Intern Erynn Porter Publishes Article in “The Mighty”


CWW Arts and Programming Intern  Erynn Porter has published a new article on The MightyThe Mighty, which publishes articles dealing with disabilities and mental and physical illness, featured a piece by Erynn titled “Why Being Told to ‘Think Positively’ About My Illness Feels like a Betrayal.” In the piece, Erynn discusses how suggestions for positive thinking don’t have the intended effect most people would think when dealing with mental illness, and how it often only adds to the anxiety she feels.

To read more pieces on The Mighty, visit their website here.

Announcing Our New Arts & Programming Intern: Erynn Porter

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop is delighted to announce our new Arts & Programming Intern, Erynn Porter!

headshot3Erynn Porter just graduated from New Hampshire Institute of Art’s BFA program and is currently Assistant Editor and Staff Writer for Quail Bell Magazine. She has been published in Ravishly, Extract(s), The Mighty, and Quail Bell Magazine. She often jumps between her interests of writing fiction and nonfiction, short stories and children’s books, and anything else that grabs her attention. You can often find her eating candy while editing her own work; she claims that candy is the perfect editing food. When Erynn isn’t editing, she’s reading with a cat curled up beside her.

Please give a warm welcome to Erynn Porter!  We’re excited to work with her this year!

– Cambridge Writers’ Workshop