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The Moravian Writer’s Conference will debut at Moravian College from June 6 to June 8. Dr. Joyce Hinnefeld, English professor at Moravian College and author of Hovering Flight and Stanger Here Below, will be directing the conference. The conference will take place at Moravian College’s Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, located in the heart of historic downtown Bethlehem.


According to Hinnefeld, the conference is intended to showcase the College and enhance the connection to the community. The Writer’s Conference will provide a weekend full of opportunities for writers to enhance their skills by participating in a range of craft talks, writer’s workshops and panelist discussions with professionals. Aspiring writers of all ages are welcomed to participate.

A highlight of the conference will be the Keynote Speakers. Hinnefeld has chosen published authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Ursula Hegi, presenting “The Writer and History: Personal and Public, Imagined and Real.”

Anderson and Hegi together represent the “best of contemporary American Fiction” says Hinnefeld, Both authors have connections to Moravian College, as well as the ability to incorporate historical writing into fiction writing. Laurie Halse Anderson’s published novels Fever 1723 and Chains are set in Revolutionary War America. Ursula Hegi’s Stones from the River, Floating in My Mother’s Palm, and The Vision of Emma Blau are set during WWII in Germany.

The Keynote Speakers Event will take place Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m at Moravian College’s Foy Hall, located Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. Because the Moravian Writer’s Conference was awarded a Project Grant through the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, the event is free of charge and open to the public. Ticket reservations will be available at the Moravian Book Shop. Details can be found on the Conference website.

For anyone interested in participating in the writing workshops and special events, please register for the conference at Moravian Writer’s Conference by May 16th.

“I hope people will recognize this as a great chance to connect with other writers,” emphasizes Hinnefeld. “I know that writing can be a kind of lonely thing. It’s hard to persist and keep working on writing of any kind if you feel that you don’t have an audience. I think a lot of us who write feel like without our writing groups, without our community and friends and fellow writers, it would be hard to really keep going.”

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Reported & Written by: Rebekah Drozd, LVAC Intern
Edited by: Marilyn Roberts, PPA Coordinator

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