Located on the third floor of the John P. Ryan Library in a beautifully renovated room with an inspiring view of the campus, The Writing Center provides Hill’s student writers with a place of their own to develop their skills in the company of other writers.
Recently appointed Writing Center director, Mark Pearson, Ph.D., ’78, is a veteran English teacher, former journalist, and published author. Pearson’s fiction and essays have appeared not only in his book of short stories, Famous Last Lines (2013, Mainstreet Rag Publishing Company), but also in The Best American Sports Writing 2011, Altered States, Aethlon, Blueline, Broken Bridge Review, Carve, North Dakota Quarterly, Short Story, Sport Literate, Stories, and Suicidally Beautiful.
The Writing Center has hosted visiting writers Tobias Wolff ’64, Pinckney Benedict ’82, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jane Leavy, Christine Brennan, Daniel Hoffman, David Kindred, Gene Weingarten, and Lew Schneider. In 2016-17, The Humphrey Family Writing Center is looking forward to welcoming its inaugural writer-in-residence, a semester-long program that will bring a working writer to The Hill.