Summer Writing Intensive

Marlboro College was founded in 1946 by veterans returning from the Second World War who wanted to create a new kind of educational experience, one centered in independent thought, community engagement, and clear writing. This summer, in collaboration with Words After War, Marlboro will once again honor its founders and its founding principles in the Summer Writing Intensive. The theme for the 2015 intensive is homecoming and place.

The Summer Writing Intensive is open to anyone 18 or older interested in developing their writing.  The program is geared toward active writers at any level of experience. What you’ll need to participate is some writing to put on the table and a willingness to workshop and revise. Participating writers should plan to come prepared with approximately 20 pages of prose or 10 poems that are ready to share with faculty and other participants for revision. We particularly encourage military veterans and their family members to apply. Anyone eligible for our Veteran's Writing Grant will be able to attend the intensive at no cost.

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Applications will be accepted through June 15 or when the program fills.

About the Intensive

Over the course of seven days (Sun, Aug 2 - Sat, Aug 8, 2015), you will join a group of writers – professional writers, professors and other students interested in honing their craft – on the Marlboro Campus. You will participate in workshops during the day, and in the evenings you will write, talk and connect with other writers. You will live in a dorm on Marlboro’s beautiful southern Vermont campus in the company of other program participants. Meals are included and served in the dormitory. 

Workshops will include:

  • discussions of literature;
  • readings and workshops with visiting writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry (see bios below);
  • workshops to develop critiques of your own work;
  • sessions on drafting and editing with college faculty and other program participants; 
  • a culminating reading by student participants

The blend of solo and group activities will ensure that the workshop is relevant for both experienced writers and those just beginning their writing journey! 

Visiting Writers for 2015

Matt Gallagher grew up in Nevada and was educated at Wake Forest and Columbia. A former U.S. Army cavalry officer, he is the author of the memoir Kaboom, and a co-editor of and contributor to Fire & Forget: Short Stories From the Long War, both published by Da Capo Press. His work has appeared in The AtlanticBoston Review and The New York Times, among other places. He lives in Brooklyn.

Benjamin Busch is a United States Marine Corps infantry officer, photographer, film director, and actor whose many roles have included Officer Anthony Colicchio on the HBO series The Wire. His writing has been featured in Harper's and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His memorir, Dust to Dust, was published by Harper Collins in 2012. He has also appeared as a guest commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

Two or three additional writers will be announced over the courese of spring 2015! 


The cost of the program, which includes all workshops, lodging and food, is $795. 

In the spirit of Marlboro’s founders, all veterans, military spouses, gold star children, as well as those currently serving on active, reserve or guard duty are eligible for a Veteran’s Writing Grant which will entitle them to attend the Intensive at no cost.

Limited scholarships for non-veterans are also available.

About Marlboro College

The Summer Writing Intensive grows out of Marlboro College’s fundamental commitment to writing. Marlboro was founded in 1946 by veterans returning from World War II who wanted to create a different kind of college—one where students were not only participants but also active contributors to the academic and community life of campus. Writing is at the core of the curriculum these veterans designed: Marlboro’s Clear Writing Requirement stems from the belief that clear writing leads to clear thinking, and means that clear writing in all its forms is a constant focus in the intellectual, political and social life of the Marlboro Community. 

Learn more about the Marlboro College Writing faculty members who will lead the 2015 Intensive, John Sheehy and Kyhl Lyndgaard, and about the application process for veterans hoping to complete a degree at Marlboro. 

About Words After War

Co-founded by Brandon Willitts, veteran, writer and Marlboro alum, Words After War is a literary organization with a mission to change the national conversation around veteran issues by including civilians in that conversation. Through high-quality literary programming, Words After War provides veterans and civilians with opportunities to examine conflict and war through the lens of literature.



Contact the Ariel Brooks, Director of Non Degree Programs at or 802-451-7118.