I teach at a boarding school in northeast Ohio. We have an endowed program for which we invite a figure of some eminence to come to our school for a period of about three days. While here that person speaks to the students during our morning meetings, visits classes, and spends less formal time with students and faculty of the school. We put them up in our historic guest house and treat them to some of finer amenities of our town. I know this is (VERY MUCH) a long shot, but is it even conceivable that Mr. King would agree to join us as our "Knight Fellow"? I actually think he would like our town (Hudson, Ohio), as it has the feel of the old New England village that one no longer finds in New England. (I believe I can say that with a certain amount of authority, since I lived the first thirty years of my life in Massachusetts and Maine.) I myself have been reading his books since middle school, and I've also taught a few of his works in English classes (though I am primarily a Latin teacher). I know, I know - he probably declines such offers on a daily, if not hourly basis, but perhaps...?
Stephen does do school appearances now and again but never for an extended stay so it's unlikely he'd do a 3-day commitment at any event. It's not something that would be possible in 2013 in any case as he already has a full schedule so we're not adding any new commitments.
Thanks for your reply! Actually, I had the 2014-2015 academic year in mind, since the school's already lined up its Knight Fellowship for 2013-2014. Sorry, I ought to have been more specific. And as regards the extended stay, we'd be so very honored to have Stephen King at our school that we would gladly adjust our schedule accordingly. Thanks again for your reply! All best, Jeff
At the moment, he's not accepting any 2014 commitments because he needs a break to devote more time to his writing. 2013 was an incredibly busy year with travel and personal appearances which took a lot of time away from his writing and family. He may change his mind, but for now, I'm not adding anything to the 2014 calendar per his instructions.
Thank you once again for your reply! If 2014 doesn't work, there's always 2015 or 2016 or 2017 or... you get the idea. We'd be so honored to have him join us at any time, though I understand if he doesn't tend to make plans more than a year in advance! I myself have a hard time making plans a semester in advance, let alone a full year! In any case, if you all could keep us in mind, we'd be most grateful. Thanks again for taking the time to reply! Cheers, Jeff