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Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
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Sona Charaipotra

MFA Creative Writing '12, Author, Co-Founder of CAKE Literary
The author of the upcoming young adult documentary dramedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak, Sona Charaipotra is not a doctor—much to her pediatrician parents’ chagrin. They were really hoping she’d grow up to take over their practice one day. Instead, she became a writer, working as a celebrity reporter at People and (the dearly departed)TeenPeople magazines and contributing to publications from the New York Times to Teen Vogue. These days, she uses her master's in Screenwriting from NYU and her MFA in Creative Writing from The New School to poke plot holes in her favorite teen TV shows like Riverdale—for work of course. She’s the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent, and the co-author (with Dhonielle Clayton) of the YA dance dramas Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces (soon to be a Netflix series) as well as the upcoming psychological thriller Rumor Game. Find her on the Web at SonaCharaipotra.com, or on Twitter @sona_c.