The National Writing Project in New Hampshire is sponsoring a special focus institute held in conjunction with the Monadnock Center for History and Culture. The sessions will be held at the Monadnock Center, 19 Grove Street in Peterborough on the following Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: October 25th, November 8th, January 10th, February 7th, and March 7th.
Memoir and Memory will explore how personal stories are shaped by specific places and times. Reading selections may include The Place He Made (Edie Clark), The Good, Good Pig (Sy Montgomery) and other works all with significance to the Monadnock Region. Participants will also write their own memoirs incorporating the people and places that have been important in their lives. Prior participants in “Writing our Communities” institutes are welcome, but prior participation is not required. Participants will develop instructional units appropriate to their teaching or work situations, explore the use of artifacts in their lives and in our history and culture, and examine how these reflect relationships of power.
This institute is appropriate for educators in all disciplines at all grade levels as well as community members involved in working with children or schools or who simply enjoy personal reading and writing. Through readings, demonstrations, and activities, participants will learn strategies and activities to implement place-based learning into their particular situations. The cost of the institute is $300; districts sending 6 or more participants can pay $250 per person. Three graduate credits from Plymouth State University are available at the reduced rate of $175 per credit and a $30 registration fee. Registration form is available here.