Summer Writing Intensive - FULL for 2015

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 who are interested in the craft of writing to apply. Anyone eligible for our Veteran's Writing Grant (including veterans, their family members, and active military personnel) will be able to attend the intensive at no cost.

The program is now full for 2015. Please watch this space in January/February 2016 for updated information and the 2016 application. 

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

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 memoir, 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.

Matt Gallagher is the author of the Iraq memoir Kaboom and coeditor of, and contributor to, the short fiction collection Fire & Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn. His novel Youngblood is forthcoming from Atria/Simon & Schuster.

Alex Gilvarry was born in Staten Island, New York, in 1981. He has been a Norman Mailer Fellow and a visiting scholar at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin. His first novel, From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, won the Hornblower Award at the 2012 New York City Book Awards. He teaches fiction at Wesleyan University and is the Artist-in-Residence at Monmouth University. He lives in New York City.

Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which was shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, honored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions. She is the co-founder of much-loved Pete’s Reading Series in Brooklyn, where she spent 13 years bringing literary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to the city’s sweetest stage. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, documentary filmmaker Jed Rothstein, and their son. 


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.