The following writing samples, composed by our summer writing workshop participants, will give you a small glimpse into the experience of being at the Collegeville Institute.
Susan Sink"As a person socialized as white in a racist culture, O’Connor does not intuitively grasp the psychic damage done by slavery ... and this lack of understanding and experience shows up in the stories as well as in the letters."
Andrea Roske-MetcalfeA Lutheran pastor describes how certain kinds of conversations can be considered a spiritual practice, particularly when done across religious traditions.
Elizabeth Jarrett AndrewKaren González has written a "hermeneutics of immigration" in her new book The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong.
Jamie HowisonJamie Howison reflects on his experience praying with the monks at Saint John's Abbey Church, while on a writing retreat at the Collegeville Institute.
Karissa Knox SorrellI was unsure if Collegeville was the right place for me. But my time there gave me the hope that I can be a spiritual person.
Chuck ApplebyI cannot remember the exact moment of recognition, but I think it occurred early afternoon on the second full day of our writing workshop. I rediscovered time.
Taylor BrorbyThimbleberries were not on my mind when I applied for a writing workshop at the Collegeville Institute. I wanted time set apart from the busyness and business of everyday life. I wanted a view of a lake, fenced-in by maple trees. I wanted to be in a community where I felt the ease of saying, Yes, I am a writer.
Ingrid RasmussenIngrid Rasmussen drafted this piece as an exercise in writing suspended sentences, while participating in the writing workshop Words that Sing II: Advanced Writing with Mary Nilsen.
Adam CopelandIn this post, Adam Copeland addresses his fears at the start of a week-long writing workshop with 12 strangers.