Young Women's Writing Workshop Speakers
July 2, 2013
"The Connecticut River Valley as Literary Landscape"
From the 18th-century preacher Jonathan Edwards to Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath and Henry James, writers have long turned to the wonderful landscape of the Connecticut River Valley for inspiration. During her talk, novelist and poet Susan Stinson will consider the works of these authors and share how lesser-known figures such as Graham cracker creator Sylvester Graham, African American abolitionist David Ruggles and cookbook author Lydia Maria Child used and became part of this rich local literary landscape.
July 4, 2013
Lenelle is a 2012-14 Huntington Theatre Company playwriting fellow and holds a master of fine arts in playwriting from Smith College. She has written interdisciplinary solo performances, traditional plays and experimental theatre pieces that feature a variety of persuasive characters who question authority, fall madly in love, trip over power and risk liberation. Her plays have been commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre Company, the Drama Studio and Serious Play! Ensemble Theater and are studied in university classrooms.
July 5, 2013
"A History of Black Music in 10 Songs"
This lecture will try to do the impossible: trace the history of black American music by studying 10 iconic songs.
July 8, 2013
J. Courtney Sullivan is the author of The New York Times bestselling novels Commencement and Maine. Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. Sullivan's writing has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Glamour, Allure, Men's Vogue, and the New York Observer, among others. She is a contributor to the essay anthology The Secret Currency of Love and coeditor of Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is a graduate of Smith College.
July 9, 2013
"The history, culture and aesthetics of Salsa"
Students will learn and perform the basics of salsa in order to gain a deeper cultural understanding of the dance.
July 10, 2013
Using theater to find our own voice. FINDING our voice? We already HAVE a voice. Don't we?
July 11, 2013
Writing Workshop Faculty
Selected readings from the works of the Summer Writing Workshop faculty.
July 12, 2013
Student Reading Night
Students get an opportunity to share some their personal writing from the Summer Workshop.