Each summer, the Plymouth Writing Project 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 within the limits of the available venue. 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 2012 Summer Institute
All Sessions will be held on the Plymouth State University Campus 1:30-4:00. All sessions are free of charge and open to the public.
June 26th Janna Malamud Smith
Janna Malamud Smith is a writer and psychotherapist. She is the author of three books, Private Matters (1997), A Potent Spell (2003), and My Father is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud (2006). Her articles and essays have appeared nationally and internationally in newspapers, magazines and literary journals including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The American Scholar and The Threepenny Review. She has twice had essays selected for publication in Best American Essays.
July 3rd Anna Consalvo Writing and New Literacies
Anna Consalvo teaches literacy across content areas and English/language arts methods for preservice teachers at Fitchburg State University. A recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin in Language and Literacy Studies (2011), Anna’s dissertation explored the relational and instructional dimensions of writing conferences in diversely populated high school English classrooms. Her work has appeared in Elementary School Journal (2012), English Education (2008), and English Journal (2012). Anna will help us explore ways to use “new” literacies as tools to foster relevant, flexible thinking in students and teachers alike, and to explore ways teachers can bring into practice the interests and existing literacies of the adolescent writer/reader.
July 10th Liz Ahl
Liz Ahl teaches poetry and creative writing at Plymouth State University, where she is the Chair of the English Department. She has published poetry in various literary magazines, including Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, The American Voice, The Formalist, Southern Poetry Review, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, 5AM, Sundog, and The Woman’s Review of Books. She has published two books of poetry, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine and Luck.
July 17th The Plymouth Writers’ Group
The Plymouth Writers Group is an association of teacher/writers dedicated to publishing an annual literary anthology comprised entirely of teachers’ writing. Their aim is to celebrate the writing teachers do—with their classes, in summer writing workshops and on their own time. They hope to provide them with an outlet specifically geared to the publication of teachers’ work. They first published an anthology of teachers’ writing in 1996. This reading will feature teacher-writers published in the anthologies talking about their writing process and reading from their work.