Claire McCarthy


Professional Details

Title Visiting Lecturer
Department English
Email claire.mccarthy@salemstate.edu
Photo of Claire McCarthy

Recent and Upcoming Courses

ENL 104 Summer Bridge Writers' Workshop
ENL 105 Introduction to College Writing
ENL 110 Foundations of Writing
ENL 163 World Literature 18th Century-present
ENL 330 Short Story
FYEN 100 First Year Seminar (english)

Professional Biography

I am a writer and editor with over 25 years of experience. I have been on staff of three publications and have earned bylines in national newspapers and magazines, including The Boston Globe, L.A. Times, and New York Post . I earned my M.S. from B.U. in broadcast journalism and have worked at four Boston TV stations. I have taught writing and communications skills in corporations and have been a professional speaker on a number of human development and communications subjects. I took a stand-up comedy course as a lark: it led to paid gigs  on the subject of humor in the workplace. I also was on the Boston standup circuit for a short time. I am truly enjoying teaching Composition II!

Professional Interests

I'm doing a self-study of the changes in and future of American journalism. This, of course, includes keeping on top of digital information and social media. I've included a news literacy component in my Comp II course. I hope to inspire discussion and writings about young people's role in democracy and the free press. 

In the past I have acted in and produced films and videos. 

Selected Publications

I was most recently editor of Northshore magazine, a lifestyle publication focused on north of Boston.

Personal Interests

Life-long learning, reading, creative writing, social discourse. I recently returned to watercolor painting.