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.
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.