Plymouth Writing Project’s Authors Series Kicks Off June 26

June 20th, 2007 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — New Hampshire’s site of The National Writing Project, the Plymouth Writing Project, will host five authors in its annual summer institute beginning Tuesday, June 26.

The five-week leadership institute for teachers of writing will feature authors Liz Ahl, Carolyn Coman, Nathan Graziano, Janna Malamud-Smith and Claire Robson.

The visiting authors will read from their works, answer questions about their writing, the publishing process and lead the participants in writing exercises that can be transferred to the classroom.

“For the past five years, the Plymouth Writing Project has provided leadership in the teaching of writing for teachers throughout the state of New Hampshire,” said Dr. Meg Petersen, a professor of English at PSU and the program’s director.

The National Writing Project is the premier effort to improve writing in America through its professional development model, helping teachers to help their students become successful writers and learners.

With all of its sites located on university campuses, the National Writing Project serves over 141,000 educators annually.

Robson is the author of the memoir Love in Good Time and the editor of Outside Rules: Short Stories about Non-conformist Youth. She coaches private clients to help them improve specific manuscripts as well as overall writing skills and runs writers’ workshops and retreats.

Coman is the author of Tell Me Everything, What Jamie Saw, Many Stones, Bee and Jacky and The Big House. What Jamie Saw received a 1996 John Newbery Honor Award from the American Library Association and was also named a National Book Award Finalist. Her young adult novel, Many Stones, was also nominated for a National Book Award. Her latest book, Sneaking Suspicions is due out this fall.

Graziano teaches English at Pembroke Academy and is the author of a collection of fiction, Frostbite. His work has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, while his latest volume of poetry is titled Honey, I’m Home. His new collection, Teaching Metaphors was published this month.

Ahl, chair of the English department at PSU, teaches poetry and creative writing. She has published poetry in various literary magazines, including Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review and The American Voice. Ahl, the 2005 Theo Kalikow Award recipient given annually to honor a faculty or staff member who has contributed significantly to the advancement of women’s issues, also serves as an advisor to AWARE (Alliance for Women’s Awareness Rights and Equality).

Malamud-Smith, a writer and psychotherapist, 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 International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, Family Circle and The Threepenny Review.

Sessions will meet in Frost Commons on the PSU campus and are free and open to the public.

Call Dr. Petersen at (603) 535-2684, for further information about all Plymouth Writing Project programs.

June 26-Claire Robson (1:30-4:00)
July 3 -Carolyn Coman (1:30-4:00)
July 11-Nathan Graziano (2:30-4:00)
July 17-Liz Ahl (1:30-4:00)
July 24-Janna Malamud Smith (1:30-4:00)

For more information on this release, contact Kevin D. Anderson at or at (603) 535-2211.