NEH Landmarks Workshop for Schoolteachers 2017

Emily Dickinson:  Person, Poetry, and Place


Participant at West Cemetery

photo by Steve Fratoni

Workshop Information:


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"Emily Dickinson: Poetry, Person, and Place" is designed primarily for K-12 classroom teachers and librarians in public, private, parochial, and charter schools, as well as home schooling parents. Other K-12 school personnel, including administrators, substitute teachers, and classroom paraprofessionals, are eligible to participate, subject to available space.  You do not need to have taught Emily Dickinson or even to be an English teacher to apply to this program!  We are eager to have a variety of disciplines represented in this workshop.  We ARE interested in a commitment to incorporating Dickinson into your teaching and in using the workshop to achieve that objective.

Teachers at schools in the United States or its territorial possessions or Americans teaching in foreign schools where at least 50 percent of the students are American nationals are eligible for this program. Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply. Individuals may not apply to participate in a Workshop given by the same director on the same topic in which they have previously participated; in other words, they should not apply to attend the same Workshop a second time. Individuals may not apply to study with a director of a Landmarks project who is a family member. Preference will be given to applicants who have never participated in an NEH Landmarks Workshop.

To read NEH's official eligibility criteria, click here.  Note that all Summer Scholars are expected to abide by the NEH's Principles of Civility, which can be reviewed on here.

Applicants must complete the on-line NEH application cover sheet and provide all of the information requested below to be considered eligible. An individual may apply to up to TWO separate projects (NEH Landmarks Workshops, NEH Summer Seminars or NEH Summer Institutes); however, he or she may participate in only ONE project per summer.

Selection Criteria

A selection committee will read and evaluate all properly completed applications. Special consideration is given to the likelihood that an applicant will benefit professionally and personally from the Workshop experience. It is important, therefore, to address each of the following factors in the application essay:

  • your professional background
  • your interest in the subject of the Workshop
  • how the experience would enhance your teaching or school service
  • any special perspectives, skills, or experiences that would contribute to the Workshop