Peter Chilson.
Peter Chilson

Peter Chilson, professor of English at WSU, assisted the Ontario, Oregon, school district as a writer-in-residence during the 2018 Summer Seminar—a four-week-long summer school program molded around providing migrant students with extra writing assistance as they step into the future.

The hope is that the students will use the time this summer to craft a personal story that can be used to apply for scholarship essays and job applications.

Chilson helped migrant students improve their writing, specifically on developing characters and their own voice in the prose they write, “So that they can share their experiences with an audience that is important to them.”

“Their stories are about journeys. They’ve been through some intense experiences,” he said.

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