Writers Writing

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

Poets, memoirists, fiction writers, and essayists share the passion and pitfalls of the creative process through public readings, master classes, panel discussions, and 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
Terry Eagleton

Seamus Heaney

Nobel Prize Winner
Seamus Heaney

Louise Erdrich

Pulitzer Prize Winner
Louise Erdrich

Other Notable Writers