Writers Writing

Through our Writers Writing series, the campus community and general public engage with influential authors of our time. Hear from:

  • Poets
  • Memoirists
  • Fiction writers
  • Essayists

They will share the passion and pitfalls of the creative process as they present

  • public readings
  • master classes
  • panel discussions
  • conferences

Their work is also integrated into the curriculum.

The Literary Arts Institute of the College of Saint Benedict is proud to have hosted noted writers, including those recognized as Pulitzer Prize winners and U.S. Poet Laureates.


To read excerpts from works by participants of the Writers Writing program, click on the names below.

Judith Kitchen - Excerpt from The House on Eccles Lane

Joe Coomer - Excerpt from One Vacant Chair

Clint McCown - Excerpt from The Weatherman

Victoria Redel - Excerpt from Loverboy

Anouar Benmelek - Excerpt from The Lovers of Algeria

Other participants include Robert Pinsky, Gwendolyn Brooks, Donald Hall, Billy Collins, Charles Simic, and W.S. Merwin.

Visiting Writers

Terry Eagleton

Literary Theorist
September 2011
Terry Eagleton

Seamus Heaney

Nobel Prize Winner
October 2011
Seamus Heaney

Louise Erdrich

Pulitzer Prize Winner
February 2010
Louise Erdrich

Other Notable Writers