Author Visits

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 2018 Summer Institute

June 26th Benjamin Ludwig

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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. 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 3rd                 Liz Ahl


Liz Ahl is the author of Beating the Bounds (Hobblebush Books, 2017),  Home Economics  (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016), Talking About the Weather (Seven Kitchens Press, 2012), Luck (Pecan Grove Press, 2010), and A Thirst That’s Partly Mine (winner of the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook contest). Luck received the “Reader’s Choice in Poetry” award at the 2011 New Hampshire Literary Awards. Her poems, some of which have received Pushcart Prize nominations, have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Bloom, Pea River Journal, Measure, Crab Orchard Review, and Tidal Basin Review, among others. Her work has also been included in several anthologies, including This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), Mischief, Caprice, and Other Poetic Strategies (Red Hen Press, 2004), A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press, 2012) and Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence (University of Iowa Press, 2002). She has been awarded residencies at PlayaJentelThe Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center. She teaches at Plymouth State University.


July 10th               Anthology Authors

anthologyThis session will feature readings from National Writing Project of New Hampshire authors who have published works in the WritPlymouth ers 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 17th           Matthew Cheney

MattCMatthew 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 ( 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 23rd           Gail Bourn



Like Matthew Cheney, Gail Bourn was a fellow in the first National Writing Project summer institute in New Hampshire in 2002.  She went on to serve as the co-director of NWPNH for many years.  She is currently the Academic Coordinator for grades k-5 in the Laconia School District where she runs workshops for teachers.  One of her strongest interests is place-based literacy.  She will be sharing her work on this topic with us.