“We come together as poets, novelists, short-story writers, memoirists. We are writers together, regardless of the experiences that brought us here,” said John Sheehy, professor of writing and literature at Marlboro College. His reflections on Marlboro’s Summer Writing Intensive appeared in his editorial “Taking the Flight to the page,” which appeared in a recent edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
John has been teaching at Marlboro for nearly 20 years. However, he has been leading the Summer Writing Intensive, geared towards bringing together veterans as well as civilians through the art of writing, since 2014. This workshop pays homage to the founding of Marlboro College by veterans shortly after World War II and is an example of the many community outreach programs presented by the college since its establishment.
Marlboro workshops such as the one led by John are about bringing community together, and sharing in the experience that is education with a broader audience. “Many of the veterans write about war, but not all of them,” Sheehy posits. “So do many of the civilians. But we come together as poets, novelists, short-story writers, memoirists. We are writers together, regardless of the experiences that brought us here.”