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McClanaghan is guest lecturer at career event hosted by RWU

NEWPORT, R.I. (Oct. 24, 2017) - Dr. Jen McClanaghan, professional writer who is assistant professor and writer-in-residence at Salve Regina University, will talk about career opportunities for English majors when she serves as the guest speaker at a creative writing panel and networking event at Roger Williams University on Friday, Oct. 27.

McClanaghan will speak from 12:30-1 p.m. at the Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing Center, 1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol. Her talk on the value of the English degree will precede an alumni panel discussion from 1-2 p.m. and networking from 2-3 p.m. The event is being organized by RWU’s Center for Career & Professional Development.

“Human experience is organized by stories,” McClanaghan says. “The more we plumb the depths of literature, the more we come to understand the complexity of events we ourselves are part of both personally and globally. Studying literature teaches us to recognize nuanced details, to see patterns of organization, causal relationships, and to think in terms of imagination and innovation—the most critical skills for succeeding in any career, from journalism to law, business, education or the arts.”

The author of River Legs, McClanaghan’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Best American Poetry, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, and New England Review. She is coordinating the launch of the Newport MFA at Salve Regina, Rhode Island’s first low-residency master of fine arts degree program in creative writing. Rhode Island native Ann Hood – the best-selling author of 14 novels, three memoirs and books for young adults, is the founding director of The Newport MFA.

Beginning in June, aspiring writers can pursue the terminal degree in their field by attending eight-day residencies in Newport twice a year (with an optional winter residency being offered in Havana, Cuba) that will connect them with established professionals in a location steeped in literary history. More information is available at

McClanaghan has her B.A. in creative writing from Antioch College, her MFA in creative writing, concentration in poetry from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in English, concentration in poetry, from Florida State University.