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Writing Masterclass and Retreat

Writing Masterclass and Retreat

March 1, 2019

Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium (LVEHC) is accepting applications through March 15 for its 2019 writing masterclass and weeklong writing retreat. The Masterclass will be held on June 1 at Moravian College in Bethlehem, and the Writing Retreat runs from June 2-8 at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.

Members of the community, students (both undergraduate and graduate), and faculty and staff of local colleges and universities who have a writing susan straight 2.jpgbackground are invited to apply.

This year’s theme focuses on communicating a sense of place and the changing landscape of the Lehigh Valley over the past 50 years.

Susan Straight, an award-winning author and Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at University of California, Riverside, will lead the Masterclass following her keynote address “Geography of Home and Soul.” Wild was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2006 and a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award. Her stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and O Henry Prize Stories.

Following the masterclass, a smaller group will proceed to the Highlights Foundation where the week’s focus will be on producing work related to this year’s theme. Local authors Kate Brandes, Ruth Knafo Setton, and Kate Racculia will lead the retreat.

All accommodations, meals, and travel to and from the retreat from Moravian College will be provided for successful applicants.

Click here to apply online through March 15. Successful applicants will be notified by April 15.

This program is sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, a grant initiative generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.