University Honors Program

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Writer in Residence

Each year since 2012, the UHP has hosted a guest writer who teaches an Honors seminar on a topic of her or his choosing. As a result, students and community auditors have studied Hemingway with Ernest Hemingway’s last assistant, Valerie Hemingway, contemporary travel writing with Tim Cahill, a founding editor of Outside magazine, and contemporary nature and ecology writing with noted environmental writer Gary Ferguson. The guest writer seminars also bring community auditors—often life-long readers—and UHP students together, a combination which produces unusually vibrant and exploratory discussions.



HONR 294/494-003 “Finding Your Way into Fiction”
Guest Writer Craig Lancaster & Professor Tami Haaland


Uses works from across the spectrum of contemporary fiction—from flash (Meg Pokrass) to short stories (Alyson Hagy) to humor (Steve Hely) to novels that blend literary values and genre elements (Montana authors Gwen Florio and Craig Lancaster) to examine fiction in terms of structure, voice, plotting, scenes and resolutions. Readings and discussions will look at literary sensibilities, the craft of writing, and how readers consume stories. Assignments will include literacy narratives, reflective essays, and evaluations of texts. A final project will be either a short story of 5,000-plus words or the beginnings of a novel.


Honors Council

Writer in Residence

Past Writers in Residence:


2016 - John Clayton

2015 – Virginia Spragg

2014 – Gary Ferguson

2013 – Tim Cahill

2012 – Valerie Hemingway