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Fine Arts Commission Grant to Support Writer’s Conference at Moravian

“Life Histories: Discovering self, community and world” to be held in June 2014

Ursula HegiBethlehem, Pa., May 23, 2013—Moravian College will receive a grant from The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission (BFAC) in support of its first annual writers’ conference titled “Life Histories: Discovering self, community and world.” The June 6-8, 2014, event will feature two nationally known writers, Ursula Hegi and Lauri Halse Anderson, as keynote speakers who will present readings in Foy Concert Hall. The event will be open to the public. Eighty to one hundred writer-participants of varied ages and backgrounds ranging from high school and college students to retirees, are expected to attend the conference from throughout the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.

Ursula Hegi is the author of The Worst Thing I've Done, Sacred Time, Hotel of the Saints, The Vision of Emma Blau, Tearing the Silence, Salt Dancers, Stones from the River, Floating in My Mother's Palm, Unearned Pleasures and Other Stories, Intrusions, and Trudi & Pia. She teaches writing at Stonybrook's Southhampton Campus and she is the recipient of more than thirty grants and awards.

Laurie Halse AndersonLaurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also received the 2009 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was chosen for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award.

The Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission provides grants that support’s its mission: to provide leadership in the arts through advocacy, education, and celebration. These grants are offered to encourage new works of art, educational programs, exhibits, presentations, and other arts-related activities.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.