Plymouth Writing Project Summer Author Visits Start June 24

June 16th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-The Plymouth Writing Project is hosting a series of renowned authors sharing their experiences in writing, publishing and teaching. These events are open to the public and all sessions will be held in Frost Commons on the Plymouth State University campus from 1:30-4 p.m.

Dates for authors attending are as follows:

June 24, 2008— 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 International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, Family Circle and The Threepenny Review.

July 1, 2008— William Lychak
William Lychack is the author of a novel, The Wasp Eater, and a forthcoming collection of stories, The Architect of Flowers, both published by Houghton Mifflin. His work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, and on public radio’s This American Life. He is currently the Writer-in-Residence at Phillips Academy and a member of the MFA faculty at Lesley University.

July 8, 2008— Mary Elizabeth Finger
Mary E. Finger’s first novel for children, Charlotte Bakeman Has Her Say, was published in 2007 by Little Pear Press. Finger grew up in the secure surroundings of small-town New Hampshire during the years of the Depression and the advent of World War II. In the 1940’s she got a degree from Radcliffe College and after graduating worked for the Harvard Press. Mary taught college English for twenty-five years and spent a sabbatical year in Sicily.

July 15, 2008— 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.

July 22, 2008— Leila Christenbury
Leila Christenbury taught high school English before becoming a professor of English Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches young adult literature, the teaching of writing, teaching methods for both secondary and middle school, and instructional theory and design. She is co-author of Writing on Demand and A Student’s Guide to Writing on Demand. Some of her other publications include Making the Journey: Being and Becoming a Teacher of English Language Arts, now in its third edition, and Retracing the Journey: Teaching and Learning in an American High School. She is a well-known writer and researcher in English education, past English Journal editor, and past president of the National Council of Teachers of English. She is the first woman to win the Virginia Commonwealth University, University Award of Excellence which is the highest faculty honor offered by VCU. In addition, she won the Rewey Belle Inglis Award for Outstanding Woman in the Teaching of English.Christenbury is also teaching at a special institute given by the Plymouth Writing Project focusing on writing on demand. The institute runs from July 21-July 24. The Plymouth Writing Project is a site of the National Writing Project and is dedicated to improving the teaching of writing in the nation’s schools.

For more information contact the Plymouth Writing Project at or Director Meg Petersen at

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