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The 2017 Moravian College Writers’ Conference: Writing and Sustainability

What: Writers conference
When: February 3 – 4, 2017
Where: Main Street Campus, Haupert Union Building., 1200 Main Street, Bethlehem PA

Why:  Energize your writing, work with professional faculty, and connect with other writers with workshops of 15 members or fewer and craft talks on the theme of writing & sustainability. At this writers conference, also  take part in the faculty roundtable, faculty readings and book signings. Writers of all genres and career stages are welcome.

Improve your work in the following areas: Autobiography/Memoir, Children’s, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Journalism, Mystery, Nature, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing, Religion, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult and documentary studies.

Faculty Keynote speaker: Alison Hawthorne Deming

Guest faculty:

  • Julia Kasdorf
  • Paul Acampora
  • Mary Heather Noble
  • Chuck Wendig.
Moravian College Writer's Conference

Alison Hawthorne Deming

About keynote speaker Alison Hawthorne Deming:

Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent nonfiction book is Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she has authored three additional nonfiction books and five poetry books with Stairway to Heaven and Death Valley: Painted Light, in collaboration with astronomer/ photographer Stephen Strom.

Her first book Science and Other Poems won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. She has received a number of other accolades, as well.

Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

What: Writer’s retreat
When: January 13-16, 2017
Where: Stockton Seaview Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ area

Why: Write and attend lots of prose and poetry workshops. Special guests, and Pulitzer Prize winners, Stephen Dunn and Sharon Olds lead feedback sessions of Advanced Poetry Writing.

Poetry Workshops:

  • Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop
  • Feedback session with Stephen Dunn
  • Feedback session with Sharon Olds
  • Creative Writing Sampler (Fiction, Poetry, Memoir)

Additional Writing Workshops:

  • Fiction workshops
  • Nonfiction and memoir workshops
  • Song writing and other writing workshops

Tagline: Supportive. Energizing. Inspiring.

Break into a Pro Market at the New York Pitch Conference

Why: Hone your pitch, and in so doing, gain insight in to the marketability of your work. Bills itself as “The Premier Career Launcher for Commercial Authors.”  Focus on Autobiography/Memoir, Children’s, Fiction, Humor, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing, Romance, Science Fiction/Fantasy or Young Adult.

Learn with authors, agents and editors, including Brendan Deneen, Robert Olen Butler, Kimberley Cameron, Lyssa Keusch, Robert Bausch, Michael Neff, Tina Wexler, Jackie Cantor, Susan Breen, Caitlin Alexander, Michael Braff and Paula Munier.

Algonkian – the sponsor – bills itself as one of “the most successful and pragmatic events for writers and authors who desire to break into major commercial markets.” Learn how pitch a professional and get your work taken seriously industry professionals. All advice is provided by professionals, not peer critique.

Women Writing the West Conference

What: 22nd annual writer’s conference
When: October 13 – 16, 2016
Where: Drury Plaza Hotel, Santa Fe, NM

Why: Improve your writing and celebrate the lives of forgotten women of the past in the city where Willa Cather wrote Death Comes for the Archbishop.

Some planned events:

  • The New Frontier: Writing for an Ever- changing Movie and Television Landscape
  • Roundtable Advance Critique – with a guest agent or editor
  • Pitch Sessions
  • The Right to Write
  • People Do Judge a Book by its Cover!
  • Wrangling Your Taxes
  • Making the Most of Your Library Market
  • Q&A with guest editors and agents 
  • Writing Across Borders & Cultures
  • Just Whose Story is This?
  • Ghosties in Fiction
  • Live in the Story or Die on the Page
  • And more…

Theme: “Enduring Spirits, Untold Stories”