Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 2/5/14
The headshots of Ursula Hegi and Laurie Halse Anderson are placed over a shot of the Hurd Campus, with a logo for the writing conference sitting off to the left.

ABOVE: The Moravian College Writing Conference will be held June 6-8, 2014, on the College’s beautiful Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. The conference's keynoters are Ursula Hegi (left) and Laurie Halse Anderson.


Moravian College Writing Conference Slated for June 6-8

A Note from Joyce Hinnefeld

For years, when I’ve run into former creative writing students from Moravian College in and around the Lehigh Valley, what I’ve often heard are remarks like these:
– I still want to write, but it seems like it’s harder to find time to focus on it, now that no one’s expecting me to bring something to class.
– I thought I’d hate the workshops—and now that’s what I miss!
– I wish I still had a group of people to talk to about my writing ...

And for years I’ve thought things like this:
– There are all these great writers and writing teachers in and around the Lehigh Valley.
– There are all these people who are working on writing projects, from memoirs to poetry collections to fantasy novels, and everything in between--people who long for a community to support them in that work.
We at the College really ought to do something about that ...

At last, in June 2014, we’re doing something about it.

The Moravian College Writing Conference will be held from Friday to Sunday, June 6-8, 2014, on the College’s beautiful Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. With a focus on community, craft, and inspiration, the conference will provide participants with opportunities to work with accomplished faculty--established and emerging writers and publishing professionals--through workshops, craft talks, readings, and more.

Highlighting the conference will be readings and talks by keynoters Laurie Halse Anderson and Ursula Hegi. Anderson is a New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. She has earned numerous American Library Association awards, and two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. She is also the mother of Stephanie Anderson '07, and an enthusiastic fan and supporter of Moravian College. Hegi has published twelve books, including her Burgdorf Cycle of novels, which begins with Stones from the River – one of Oprah Winfrey’s earliest picks for her famous Book Club, in 1997 – and continues with Floating in My Mother’s PalmThe Vision of Emma Blau, and now Children and Fire. She has also been a wonderful mentor and supporter of my own work as a fiction writer since I first met her at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, back in 1998.

Besides opportunities to meet and learn from these accomplished keynoters, the conference will provide workshops in poetry, fiction, young adult/teen fiction, humor writing, and spiritual memoir; panel discussions titled “From Blog to Book” and “Writing Moravians”; a conversation on publishing with two New York literary agents; and sessions on writing family stories, poetry and songwriting, yoga for writers, and more.

The conference will welcome writers of all genres and at all career stages. Why not plan to come with an old Moravian College friend or two? How about organizing a reunion of classmates from Intro to Creative Writing? Mark your calendars now, and plan to join us to energize your writing, work with experienced faculty, and make those connections with other writers that all writers need.

To learn more, visit, or contact me, Joyce Hinnefeld, at


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