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 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 a discounted rate.

The 2017 Summer Writing Intensive will take place from Sunday, July 30 to Saturday, August 5. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 5, or until the program is full.

About the Intensive

Over the course of seven days, you will join a group of writers—professional writers, professors and other students interested in honing their craft. 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! 

"Between Hemingway and James we, soldiers and civilians, try to make truth out of stories, which are all we have to make it out of," writes instructor John Sheehy in an article about the Summer Writing Intensive in The Chronicle of Higher Education.


The cost of the program, which includes all workshops, lodging, and food, is $500 program fee + $495 room and board = $995. 

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 their first intensive at a discounted rate of $0 program fee + $495 room and board = $495. Limited scholarships for room and board as well as scholarships for non-veterans are also available. Please contact for more information. 

About Marlboro College

The Summer Writing Intensive grows out of Marlboro College’s fundamental commitment to writing. Marlboro was founded by veterans 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 member who will lead the 2017 Intensive, John Sheehy, 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 Kate Trzaskos, director of community programs and partnerships, at or 802-451-7118.