Sterling College: 2nd Annual Writing in Place Workshop Open for Registration

From VT Digger:

News Release — Sterling College
April 28, 2015

Conference teachers include John Elder, Jane Brox, Lynne Anderson

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — For the second year in a row, Sterling College is offering the Writing in Place writers’ workshop. Over this 10-day course, held July 13-24, 2015, attendees will be able to hone their writing skills, be mentored by notable authors, and make professional contacts.

“The workshop is for writers of all genres, be it nature writing, food writing, memoir writing, or any writing where place is essential to the narrative,” said workshop organizer Dr. Pavel Cenkl. “Students will immerse themselves in the process of writing, as well as in reading and responding to a range of genres and writers.”

The authors who will be teaching the course this year are John Elder, Jane Brox, and Lynne Anderson. Author Ben Hewitt will also be a special guest author. “I am excited about this summer’s faculty and look forward to many rich conversations about writing over the course of this workshop,” Cenkl said.

Elder is the author of Reading the Mountains of Home. He has edited an encyclopedia, American Nature Writers, and (with Robert Finch) The Norton Anthology of Nature Writing. He recently retired from teaching at Middlebury College, where he taught since 1973. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship and Guggenheim Fellowship. As one student said of him, “He’s passionate about what he teaches, which is the hallmark of a good teacher.”

Brox’s most recent book Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light, was named one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2010 by Time magazine. She is the author of three other books: Clearing Land: Legacies of the American Farm; Five Thousand Days Like This One, which was a 1999 finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction; and Here and Nowhere Else, which won the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award. She has received the New England Book Award for nonfiction, and her essays have appeared in many anthologies including Best American Essays, The Norton Book of Nature Writing, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Anderson is the author of Breaking Bread: Recipes and Stories from Immigrant Kitchens. Alice Waters said of this book: “Lynne Anderson’s portraits of recent immigrant families capture a crucial truth about how real food connects us to our culture, our memories, and to one another.” Anderson currently teaches writing and literature courses at Boston College and Bunker Hill Community College in Massachusetts, and taught at Sterling College’s Vermont’s Table summer program in 2013.

Ben Hewitt is the author of The Nourishing Homestead, Home Grown, Making Supper Safe, and The Town that Food Saved. Barry Eastabrook said of The Town that Food Saved, “Hewitt is an amiable skeptic and a storyteller of rare skill who seems incapable of crafting a dull sentence.”

Continuing education classes are open until filled, but spaces are limited. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Academic credit is available for the course.

For more information, including a full course description, tuition, and an online application, visit, email the Admission Office at [email protected], or call 802-586-7711.

Similar Posts