Marlboro College hosts intensive writing course


BRATTLEBORO >> This summer, in collaboration with Words After War, Marlboro College will once again honor veterans in a Summer Writing Intensive. The week-long intensive allows writers to hone their craft with a truly impressive array of professional writers, from July 31 to Aug. 6, and will include a series of public readings by those writers.

"These are talented, interesting — and award-winning — authors," said John Sheehy, Marlboro College writing professor and one of the instructors for the intensive. "With respect to the talent we have been able to bring to Brattleboro, the Summer Writing Intensive has always punched above its weight, but this year's slate is truly exceptional."

This year's visiting authors include Whitney Terrell, who's first novel, "The Huntsman," was a New York Times Notable Book, Matt Gallagher, whose new novel, "Youngblood," got a rave review from Michiko Kakutani, and Sara Novic, whose novel, "Girl at War," was named one of the year's best books by Booklist, Bookpage, and Electric Literature.

Visiting author Phil Klay wrote "Redeployment," winner of the 2015 National Book Award and, Sheehy says, "Easily among the most important pieces of war fiction written in the last decade."

Readings will be held at 5 p.m., in the Brooks House Atrium, 132 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vermont, as follows: Aug. 1, Whitney Terrell; Aug. 2, Sara Novic; Aug. 3, Matt Gallagher; Aug. 4, Phil Klay; and Aug. 5, selections from participants of the intensive.

Over the course of seven days, the Summer Writing Intensive unites writers of all skill levels and some of the literary world's most accomplished authors to provide feedback, instruction and guidance on their work. Students will participate in workshops during the day, and in the evenings will write, talk and connect with other writers.

"The Summer Writing Intensive grows out of Marlboro's fundamental commitment to writing," said Kevin Quigley, president of the college. "Our Clear Writing Requirement stems from the belief that clear writing leads to clear thinking, and clear writing in all its forms is a constant focus in the intellectual, political, and social life of the Marlboro community. "

This is the third year of the popular Summer Writing Intensive, developed in collaboration with alumnus and writer Brandon Willitts '12, and it is open to active writers at any level of experience. Military veterans who are interested in the craft of writing are especially encouraged to apply, and are eligible for a grant to attend at no cost.

For more information, contact Kate Trzaskos at or 802-451-7118.


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