New Hampshire Literacy Institutes

UNH Literacy Through the English Department

“The writer who knows the craft of writing can’t walk into a room and work with students unless there is some understanding of the craft of teaching. neither can teachers who have not wrestled with writing, effectively teach the writer’s craft.
"We don’t find many teachers of oil painting, piano, ceramics or drama who are not practitioners in their fields. their students see them in action in the studio. they can’t teach without showing what they mean. there is a process to follow. there is a process to learn. that’s the way it is with craft, whether it be teaching or writing. there is a road, a journey to travel, and there is someone to travel with us, someone who has already made the trip.”

— Donald H. Graves Writing: Teachers and Children at Work

Join us on this amazing journey, through the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes and the Learning Through Teaching Program. You’ll be part of a vibrant community of readers, writers and teachers thoughtfully considering and practicing their crafts. Come for the chance to work with our wonderful faculty, the camaraderie, the support, the laughter and the sense of UNH literacy history (see photos above of teacher and writer Don Murray with current Institutes instructor Tom Romano, and of Institutes instructor and founder Tom Newkirk).

Summer 2019

Courses Offered for Graduate Credit
911-01:  Writing Memoir (Meredith Hall) 7/1-7/12
911-02:  Multigenre Writing (Tom Romano) 7/1-7/12
920-01:  Insightful Reading Response (M. Ehrenworth) 7/1-7/5
920-02:  Notebooks 2 (Tomasen Carey) 7/15-7/19
922-01:  Exploring Research Projects (Laura Smith) 7/15-7/19
922-02:  Fanfiction (Alecia Magnifico) 7/22-7/26
  • Click on the brochure for course descriptions and program details.
  • If you are new to UNH, please send a completed course permission form. Returning students can request permission via email and then register through Webcat.
  • Campus housing/dining options are available through UNH Conferences and Catering.  
  • Parking information is explained in the brochure.
Non-credit Workshops
  • Click on a workshop button below for the title you want to register. Credit card payments will guarantee your spot; check payments will not.
  • New participants will be prompted at checkout to create a Learn for Life account (this is not the same as Webcat). It is important to save your new username and password so that you may register for future events and view a historical record of your participation from this year forward. 
  • Campus housing/dining options are available through UNH Conferences and Catering (see above).  
  • Parking information is explained in the brochure.

Contact Information

Lisa Miller, Associate Professor of English
Director, NH Literacy Institutes
Phone: (603) 862-0251
Fax: (603) 862-3563
302E Hamilton Smith Hall

Sabina Foote, Administrative Assistant
Department of English
Phone: (603) 862-1168
Fax: (603) 862-3563
Hamilton Smith Hall 230

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Commentary Collection

Commentary by Thomas Newkirk, emeritus professor of English at the University of New Hampshire and founder of the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes. These pieces originally appeared in Education Week.

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