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Moravian College to Host Writer' Conference June 6-8

Bestselling authors Laurie Halse Anderson and Ursula Hegi to present

Writers ConferenceBethlehem, Pa., April 29, 2014—New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson and Oprah Book Club author Ursula Hegi will give keynote presentations at the first annual Moravian Writers’ Conference at Moravian College June 6-8, 2014. Led by a distinguished and successful faculty, the conference will enable participants to advance their craft in a supportive and inspiring environment, while learning from both established and emerging contemporary writers.

Conference Director Joyce Hinnefeld offers an inside look at what sets this conference apart from others: “We will be focused on the writer’s craft, and we’ll be doing this in a historically rich setting that’s sure to fuel our imaginations, at a time--early June--when historic Bethlehem is at its greenest and loveliest.” The conference takes place on Moravian’s Hurd Campus in historic downtown Bethlehem.

A focus on building community, including ample opportunities for interaction with keynote speakers and conference faculty, is another key feature of the conference. Hinnefeld adds, “We will have many opportunities, in wonderfully intimate settings, to talk with acclaimed writers about their own careers as writers and their thoughts on writing and publishing today.”

Interested participants can register for the conference at www.moravian.edu/writersconference for a conference fee of $395. This fee includes one workshop, two craft talks, a panel discussion by literary agents, readings and a Q&A with keynote speakers, book signings, several meals and more. Registration is limited to 100 participants in an effort to keep the workshops and other events focused and small. Manuscript consultations with conference faculty and a master class with Ursula Hegi are also available for an additional fee.

Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. Moravian emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to effectively prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates that are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.