ACU English professor accepted to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in MassachusettsPosted April 30, 2010 Dr. Shelly Sanders, assistant professor of English at ACU, is doing her part to raise the bar of excellence for ACU professors. "Our faculty are always stepping beyond and raising ACU's game," says Sanders. "We see our involvement in prestigious programs as a great blessing and a great calling."
Sanders has been awarded a scholarship and entrance into the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, Mass., a non-profit organization for writers designed to facilitate a balance between a focus on individual work and a forum for discussion. Sanders will be a part of a June workshop in Young Adult Fiction conducted by Lenore Hart, author of Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher.
"In a word, this opportunity means freedom – freedom to write and concentrate on writing, freedom to travel, and freedom to share my writing with others from across the globe," says Sanders. "Norman Mailer produced extraordinary writing in many genres, and as the Writers Colony is anchored around his home and writing studio in Provincetown, it adds something to talk about writing in such a beautiful place of history and honor."
The Norman Mailer Writers Colony honors Mailer's contribution to literature by offering writing programs, fellowships and scholarships to nurture future generations of writers. Founding benefactors include David Remnick of The New Yorker and Tina Brown, as well as corporate sponsors The New York Review of Books, the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin and Random House.
"The English faculty urges each other to apply for summer workshops, conferences and fellowships, as it's always great to reconvene with our colleagues at the beginning of the semester and talk about our amazing summer experiences," says Sanders.
For more information about The Norman Mailer Writers Colony, visit www.nmwcolony.org.
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