NEH "Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry, and Place" Frequently Asked Questions

NEH "Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry, and Place" Frequently Asked Questions


1.) Do I have to be an English teacher to apply?

No! We welcome instructors from all disciplines.


2.) I am a college professor.  Am I eligible to apply?

You must be a K-12 instructor to apply. (The workshop 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.)

However, NEH offers opportunities for college level teachers.  Visit and select the "College and University" list.


3.) How do I receive graduate credit for participating in the seminar?

Participants should arrange to receive graduate credit as an independent study through a university of their choice. The NEH workshop director will provide a letter outlining the materials covered in the “course.” Also, your curriculum mentor will be happy to write a letter regarding your work, and to work with you beyond the scope of the workshop to help you earn the credit you need.


4.) What is there to do in Amherst?

Because the NEH seminar week is full of workshop activities, we recommend arriving a day or two early or extending your stay after the workshop to allow yourself time to take in the sites at Amherst, MA.

In addition to the Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst College owns the Mead Art Museum and the Amherst College Museum of Natural History.  Amherst is also home to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the National Yiddish Book Center, and the University of UMass-Amherst.  The Norwottuck Rail Trail, with access from Amherst College, allows for a scenic run, walk, or bike ride.  The following web sites provide more information about this area: