The Visiting Authors Series (VAS) is supported by a Warren County Cultural and Heritage Division of Land Preservation grant. Sign language interpreters are available with two weeks’ notice. These events are free and open to the public.
Established by WCCC professor Brian Bradford as a once-per-year event in 1994, the VAS has operated continuously for 26 years. Professor BJ Ward became director of the VAS in 1999, expanding the series to five events per year in the mid-2000s. Using funds granted by the Warren County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, with additional support from the administration of Warren County Community College, the VAS has hosted readings and occasional master classes by established and emerging writers.
Joyce Carol Oates, Yusef Komunyakaa, C.K. Williams, Philip Levine, Francine Prose, Mary Karr, Stephen Dunn, Li-Young Lee, Patricia Smith, Gerald Stern, Paul Muldoon, Rick Moody, Gregory Pardlo, Martín Espada, Philip Schultz, Andre Dubus III, Mark Doty, Quincy Troupe, Pam Houston, Stephen Dobyns, Tiphanie Yanique, Patrick Rosal, Barbara Hurd, Beverly Donofrio, Ross Gay, Lia Purpura, Emilia Phillips, Rene Steinke, Kurtis Lamkin, Sung J. Woo, Julianna Baggott, Charles Rafferty, Laure Anne Bosselaar, Meg Kearney, Sean Thomas Dougherty, Jeffrey Harrison, Anne Marie Macari, Baron Wormser, Mark Leyner, Debra Di Blasi, David Tucker, Debra Marquart, Gregory Djanikian, James Richardson, Lee Upton, Liz Rosenberg, Paul Lisicky, and dozens of others, including the sitting Poet Laureate of the United States of America, Tracy K. Smith, in December 2018.
The VAS’s success led to Warren’s Common Experience, a college-wide, cross-curricular engagement with one book. The author of that book then visits Warren to discuss the work with the broader community. Our guests have been Elizabeth Gilbert, Barbara Ehrenreich, Alice Goffman, and Kevin Powers. These events were also free and open to the public.
In addition to the protection of credits through NJ Transfer Law, Warren Community College has formal transfer agreements with colleges and universities, both within New Jersey and out-of-state.
The Associate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing enjoys dedicated Transfer Agreements with the following institutions:
WARREN students transfer credits to colleges all over the country.
The New Jersey Transfer Law makes it easy to transfer credits from WARREN to colleges and universities in the state. The site is updated continually, and students should check it regularly.