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 attend.  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 2017 Summer Institute

June 27th Benjamin Ludwig

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Benjamin Ludwig was a fellow in the NWPNH Summer Institute in 2012.  He is a lifelong writer and teacher of writing.  He holds an MAT in English Education and an MFA in Writing.  Shortly after he and his wife married they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism.  His first novel, Ginny Moon, is based on that experience, and was also inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at Special Olympics basketball practices.  Ginny Moon was published by Park Row Books in May of 2017.


July 8th                 Anthology Authors

anthologyThis session will feature readings from National Writing Project of New Hampshire authors who have published works in the Plymouth Writers 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 11th  Heather Krill

HeatherHeather Krill is a teacher-writer living in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her husband and children. Having taught middle and high school English for eighteen years, she applied and was awarded a rotary grant to write a young-adult novel, modeling for her students what it takes to be a writer at work.  The idea for her book, True North, came  when she and her husband, Geoff, chose to release their remaining embryos to another family instead of discarding them. Heather graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor’s in English and earned a master’s from Plymouth State University as a K-12 reading specialist. She was a participant in the NWPNH open institute for teachers of writing in 2009.



July 18th           Matthew Cheney

MattCMatthew Cheney’s debut collection, Blood: Stories, won the Hudson Prize from Black Lawrence Press and was published this year. 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 26th           Janna Malamud Smith

JannaJanna Malamud Smith is a writer and psychotherapist. She is the author of four books, Private Matters: In Defense of the Personal Life (1997), A Potent Spell: Mother Love and the Power of Fear (2003), My Father is a Book: A Memoir of Bernard Malamud (2006), and An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery. Her articles and essays have appeared nationally and internationally in newspapers, magazines and literary journals including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, American Scholar, Family Circle and The Threepenny Review.




July 25th                                Denise Patmon

DeniseDenise Patmon is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Previous to her tenure at UMASS/Boston, she was a full-time faculty member at Wheelock College and in the CUNY system at Lehman College, Hiroshima Japan campus.  Teaching in the Boston and Brookline Public School systems accented her early teaching career experiences. She is a co-director of the Boston Writing Project and was on the Board of Trustees of the National Writing Project.  Author of two books for children, several articles and monographs, an associate past editor of two journals, her most recent research involves the investigation of curriculum and instructional leadership at the early 19th century Abiel Smith School for free African Americans in Boston, Massachusetts.