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SEMESTER WRITING RESIDENCY PROGRAM
NYCAMS offers a 16-credit, one-semester undergraduate residency program in the fall and spring. The program accommodates writers with an interest in narrative from a variety of perspectives (fiction, non-fiction, and journalism) by offering courses that focus on writing, literature, and publishing, as well as an invaluable internship experience. Writing students immerse themselves in the unique opportunities that New York City affords as they live, study, and intern in the publishing and news capital of the world.
This program provides an academically challenging and structured environment where young writers encounter trends in journalism and publishing, and learn how to engage the culture through their faith and creativity. NYCAMS faculty members are committed to an intentional integration of faith and writing, while equipping students for successful careers in journalism, publishing, and creative writing.
Students live in newly-constructed apartments at Packard Square in Long Island City. Providing a panoramic view of Midtown Manhattan, the apartments are located near the historic Queensboro Bridge. Each apartment is furnished, equipped with WiFi access, a designer kitchen, living room, and a balcony. The building has 24-hour security, and an on-site Bethel University Resident Director. Students take classes at the NYCAMS Studio in Chelsea, a convenient 20-minute subway ride from Packard Square.
Each semester culminates in a public reading, where students have the opportunity to share their writing with the wider community.
Since tuition can fluctuate, please contact Melanie Eslinger at Bethel University at 651.638.6492 for the latest tuition rates.
• Submit a completed application form, as well as portfolio, transcript, references and a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
ENL353: Literature on Location: New York City (4 Credits)
This course will highlight literary works written in or about New York City, including fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The relation between place and literature will be explored. Visits to literary sites and events will be included.
ENW302: Writing New York (4 Credits)
This course provides students with the opportunity to write a focused narrative work that depicts some aspect of New York City. Regular and frequent consultations with the instructor and class sessions with peers for critique and encouragement will be a vital part of the course, as well as special events and interaction with available writing resources.
ENW405 Publishing and Being Published (4 Credits)
This is an advanced course covering practical aspects of publishing from an editorial perspective (article selection, editing, layout) and the author’s point of view (query letters, book proposals, contracts, agents). Visits by local writers and editors, as well as visits to publishing houses, are essential aspects of the course.
ENW481 Internship in Writing (4 Credits)
Placement in an off-campus writing position with a news or publishing organization, screen writing, or other related fields in writing. Internships are individually selected with the help of an instructor.