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Past Events

Writing Workshop for Historians, June 5-8, 2012Logo


From June 5-8, 2012, eleven writers gathered at the Saint John's Abbey Guesthouse to work on their writing projects alone and with tutors and other participants.  Over the workshop's four days, writing time was provided as well as time to discuss what makes good writing. Each participant was assigned a writing tutor and a chance to "workshop" a piece of writing.  The writers also met and discussed through Skype with authors Martha Sandweiss of Princeton (Passing Strange, Printing the Legend, Photography in the American West, Laura Gilpin) and Stephen J. Pyne of Arizona State University (Voice and Vision: A Guide to Writing History and Other Serious Nonfiction, Voyager, The Ice, How the Canyon Became Grand).  Writers Marge Barrett of the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and Matt Callahan of College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University served as writing tutors for the participants.

Writing workshop generates ideas  by Glenda Isaacs Burgeson


The State We're In: Creative and Critical Approaches to Minnesota History at 150    


The Minnesota at 150 Conference provides an opportunity to note the 150th anniversary of statehood and to think critically about the nature of the state's past. Where have we done well, who are "we," and what are the various ways of understanding and knowing ourselves and our past? May 2008


Festival of Scholarship & Creativity


The twice-yearly festivals offer opportunities to see the range of creative and scholarly work produced by faculty, staff, alumnae/i, and friends of the colleges.


Creative Writing Program at Prep School


Featured writers:  Charles Simic (2006), Billy Collins (2007), W.S. Merwin

and Li-Young Lee (2008), and Jorie Graham (2009).


SpeakOut! Fear and Security                                                     


The conversation was kicked off by CSB/SJU Professors, Mani Campos,

Joe DesJardins, Ernie Diedrich and Christina Tourino and followed by

group discussion. 


SpeakOut! Hurricane Katrina                                            


A community dialogue featuring Tony Cunningham, Matt Lindstrom, Derek Larson

and Ozzie Mayers.


SpeakOut! The Good Life


Featured speakers were "good life philosopher" Tony Cunningham, "good life historian" Annette Atkins, "good life practitioner" Richard Bresnahan, and "good life economist" Ernie Diedrich.  For more information call 363-5307.


SpeakOut! Faith                                                                                                         


A community dialogue featuring Tony Cunningham, Sister Eva Hooker, Scott Richardson and Tim Robinson.


The Holiness of the Imagination


A exploration of the "secret of redemption" by calling upon stories from exodus and the silence surrounding women in the Bible, lead by Aviva Zornberg and Marie Howe.


Fire and Art


A conversation with Richard Bresnahan and Nor Hall, reflecting on their books, Body of Clay, Soul of Fire and Irons in the Fire.


If a Road Runs Through It


A documentary film, If A Road Runs Through It,   premiered on  October 25, 2007 at Pellegrene Auditorium, Saint John's University, Collegeville.  The 30-minute documentary, a production of The Project for Under-Told Stories at SJU, tells the story of the challenges rapid change and development have brought to the Avon Hills area of Stearns County. 


More writers

Scott Russel Sanders, writer-in-residence  (2005)

Gene McCarthy, consultant on Project Logos (2003)