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The Moravian College Writers’ Conference returns to Bethlehem March 16-17

BETHLEHEM, PA, FEBRUARY 13, 2018: Today, Moravian College announced that the Moravian College Writers’ Conference will return in March 2018 with a film screening, readings, writing workshops, and a keynote address by writer Marie Myung-Ok Lee. As in previous years, the conference will focus on community, craft and inspiration for writers in all genres and at all levels. In keeping with Moravian College’s year-long “In Focus” programming on health and healthcare, this year’s conference theme will be “Writing about Health: Activism, Advocacy, and Storytelling.”


Acclaimed Korean-American writer and Columbia University Writing faculty member Marie Myung-Ok Lee will deliver the conference keynote address, “The Writer as Failed Doctor--and a Doctor's Best Companion,” following lunch on Saturday, March 17. Lee is the author of the novel Somebody’s Daughter, and her next novel, on the future of medicine, is forthcoming from Simon & Schuster. She has written about a range of health topics, including advocacy for her son and other children with autism, and her stories and essays have been published in The AtlanticThe New York TimesSlateSalonGuernica, and The Guardian, among others. She was the first Fulbright Scholar to Korea in creative writing and is a founder of the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

Following a 4:00 PM screening of the film Big Pharma: Market Failure and a discussion with filmmaker Vince Mondillo and law professor and affordable medicine advocate Fran Quigley, the opening evening of the conference, Friday, March 16, will include a reception and a reading by conference faculty. On Saturday, March 17, conference attendees may choose among morning workshops on memoir, creative nonfiction, reflective writing and poetry, and healthcare advocacy writing. Following lunch and Ms. Lee’s keynote address, the conference will conclude with book signings by, and conversations with, conference faculty, along with other area health and healthcare writers and advocates.

Saturday morning workshop leaders include Lehigh Valley narrative medicine specialist Gillian Pidcock, Lehigh Valley filmmaker Vince Mondillo, Philadelphia area hospice nurse and memoirist Nina McKissock, Vermont-based essayist Mary Heather Noble, and Indiana University School of Law professor and coordinator of People of Faith for Access to Medicines Fran Quigley.

Registration is now open:

Event contact
Joyce Hinnefeld, Conference Director, Moravian College
610-861-1392 or 610-703-5620

Media contact:
Michael Corr, Director of Marketing and Communications, Moravian College

About Moravian College
Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. For 275 years, the Moravian College degree has been based on a liberal arts curriculum where literature, history, science, cultural values, global issues, ethics, artistic expression, and the social sciences are infused with multidisciplinary perspectives. Visit to learn more about how the Moravian College liberal arts curriculum prepares its students for life-long success.