Public Programs Summer 2019

Each summer, the National Writing Project in New Hampshire invites contemporary authors  and thinkers to visit our summer institutes to talk about their experiences writing, publishing and teaching. Summer institute fellows attend, and these events are also open to the public. We invite past fellows and potential future fellows to join us for these free events.  You may contact site director Dr. Meg Petersen for more details.

All Sessions will be held on the Plymouth State University Campus 1:30-4 p.m. All sessions are free of charge and open to the public.

This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at:

Public Presentations for our 2019 Summer Institute

June 26th Benjamin Ludwig: “Disability, Inclusion and Student Voice in our Classrooms.”

Frost Commons, PSU campus 1:30-4:00

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Benjamin Ludwig was a fellow in the NWPNH Summer Institute in 2012. A lifelong teacher of English and writing, he began his teaching career as a middle-school language arts teacher in New Hampshire, then spent many years directing a distance-learning program for students living in remote locations in Alaska. He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing. Previously, he was a new-teacher mentor and literacy facilitator for the Dover City School District. His first novel, Ginny Moon, was published in the U.S. and in Canada by HarperCollins | Park Row Books in May of 2017.  He serves as a mentor for the Association of Writers and Writing Program’s mentorship program, Writer to Writer, and teaches at the Northwood School in Northwood, New Hampshire.



July 1st             Janna Malmud Smith “Writing and Civic Engagement”

Frost Commons, PSU campus 1:30-4:00


Janna Malmud Smith  is a writer and psychotherapist. She is the author of four books, Private Matters: In Defense of the Personal Life (1997), A Potent Spell: Mother Love and the Power of Fear (2003), My Father is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud (2006), and An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery. Her articles and essays have appeared nationally and internationally in newspapers, magazines and literary journals including The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeThe International Herald TribuneThe Christian Science MonitorAmerican ScholarFamily Circle and The Threepenny Review. Ms. Smith was born in Corvallis, Oregon, and, after moving east as a nine-year-old, lived briefly in Vermont before settling in the Boston area. She studied American History and Literature in college, and then pursued a graduate degree in clinical social work. Smith continues to work part-time as a clinical social worker, mostly now teaching psychotherapy in a hospital-based department of psychiatry, as well as in private practice. She is married, and the mother of two children.


July 9th    Arlene Taranow  “Civil and Civic Discourse in Argument Writing”

Frost Commons, PSU campus 1:30-4:00

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Arlene.jpgArlene Taranow is a teacher-consultant with the National Writing Project in New Hampshire. She has presented professional development programs in schools around the state, and has been trained in the “College, Career and Community Writers’ Program” of the National Writing Project.  The program focuses on preparing students to write arguments and to participate fully in a democratic and pluralistic society. 




July 16th          Jerrianne Boggis  “The Hidden Histories of New Hampshire”

Frost Commons, PSU Campus 1:30-4:00

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is JerriAnneBoggis_thumb.jpgJerriAnne Boggis is the Director of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, a writer, educator, and community activist who works to correct the historical record on the racial complexity and richness of New Hampshire’s diverse past. Through the development of several community programs that focus on history and race, Boggis has raised the awareness of New Hampshire’s little known people of color and increased the visibility of Black history in the state. She believes that diversity programming is more than listening to a speaker or lighting a candle. It’s about social change. The programs she creates are powerful, noticed, yet social and engaging.




July 23rd           Annamary Consalvo “Hard Topics, Real Life, and YA Lit: Bullying & Terrorism, and Censorship in Robert Cormier’s Archives”

Heritage Hall, PSU Campus 1:30-4:00

Annamary Consalvo, Ph.D.

Annamary Consalvo  is an associate professor of literacy at The University of Texas at Tyler where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. Research interests include the study of writing conferences, disciplinary and adolescent literacy, and ways in which multiliteracies and new literacies inform teaching and learning in the 21st century. Her work has appeared in Teaching and Teacher EducationJournal of Language and Literacy EducationThe ALAN Review and elsewhere including the NCTE blog, “Writers Who Care.” Look for her co-authored article in September 2019’s English Journal, titled “Crafting Communities of Writers: Advice from Teens.”