Each summer, the National Writing Project in New Hampshire invites contemporary authors to visit our summer institutes to talk about their experiences writing, publishing and teaching. Summer institute fellows are specifically expected to attend, and these events are also open to the public. We especially 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 in Frost Commons on the Plymouth State University Campus 1:30-4 p.m. All sessions are free of charge and open to the public.
Author Visits for our 2017 Summer Institute
June 27th Benjamin Ludwig
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. Previous to this year 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. Though he writes full-time now, he also serves as a mentor for the Association of Writers and Writing Program’s mentorship program, Writer to Writer.
July 8th Anthology Authors
This session will feature readings from National Writing Project of New Hampshire authors who have published works in the Plymouth Writers Group anthologies of teachers’ writing and the Summer Writing Anthologies published by NWPNH. Join us for a celebration of the form of writing we call teacher lore, and the writers who teach and teachers who write.
July 11th Heather Krill
Heather Krill is a teacher-writer living in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her husband and children. Having taught middle and high school English for eighteen years, she applied and was awarded a rotary grant to write a young-adult novel, modeling for her students what it takes to be a writer at work. The idea for her book, True North, came when she and her husband, Geoff, chose to release their remaining embryos to another family instead of discarding them. Heather graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor’s in English and earned a master’s from Plymouth State University as a K-12 reading specialist. She was a participant in the NWPNH open institute for teachers of writing in 2009 and served as a mentor to PSU English education students. She has now been teaching for 20 years.
July 18th Matthew Cheney
Matthew Cheney’s debut collection, Blood: Stories, won the Hudson Prize from Black Lawrence Press and was published in 2016. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in a wide variety of places, including such magazines and journals as One Story, Conjunctions, Weird Tales, the Los Angeles Review of Books, English Journal, and elsewhere. He was series editor for three volumes of the Best American Fantasy anthologies, and currently is co-editor of the occasional online magazine The Revelator (revelatormagazine.com). A native of Plymouth, he taught high school for ten years in New Hampshire and New Jersey, as well as English and Communications & Media Studies at Plymouth State University. He is now a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at the University of New Hampshire, where his research focuses on modernist and post-modernist writers’ melding of fiction and nonfiction. He was a fellow in the first National Writing Project in New Hampshire summer institute in 2002.
July 25th JerriAnne Boggis
JerriAnne Boggis is the founder and Director of the Harriet Wilson Project, which was formed to promote New Hampshire’s Black heritage and acknowledge the contributions made by Harriet Wilson and other African Americans to New Hampshire’s history and culture. The Harriet Wilson Project works to foster an appreciation of our racial heritage and to create an inclusive climate. As a community activist, Ms. Boggis has developed several programs that dealt with history and race, including the recent film Shadows Fall North, a documentary film on Black history in New Hampshire created in collaboration with Atlantic Media Productions, with support from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. She is currently working on the formation of a statewide black heritage trail.