Join us in March for the 2022 Moravian Writers’ Conference

Writing, Health, and Justice

March 18-19, 2022

This free conference (featuring in-person and online events) will explore writing about health, healthcare, and justice in today’s world. Join a group of committed writers, activists, medical practitioners, narrative medicine specialists, and more as we consider topics including

  • Narrative medicine: The power and importance of sharing our health stories
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Disparities in healthcare
  • Public health in an age of pandemic and political divisiveness
  • Caring for our caregivers
  • And the many ways in which writing can—and should—be used to learn about and address these challenging topics.

Keynote speaker Porochista Khakpour will offer a virtual keynote address on Friday, March 18, along with a virtual master class, on Saturday, March 19—with limited spaces available on a first come, first served basis.

A Friday roundtable discussion, plus additional free workshops on Friday and Saturday, will also be available to all who register (these workshops will also be first come, first served and will close when filled). See more details in the schedule.

Registration opens February 1, 2022.

Keynote Speaker


Porochista Khakpour

Porochista Khakpour is the author of four critically acclaimed books, most recently Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity (Vintage Books, 2020), which Ploughshares called “fearless.” In 2018 she published the memoir Sick (HarperCollins, 2018), which Kirkus Review praised as “lucid, eloquent, and unflinchingly honest.” Sick was named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 by the Boston Globe, Buzzfeed, Nylon, Electric Literature,, Huffington Post, Bitch, The Millions, The Rumpus, Autostraddle and others. Khakpour was called one of Dazed’s “Top American Writers You need to be Reading,” and Open Road Media’s “10 Amazing Female Novelists Under 50.” Her next book is Teherangles, coming from Pantheon in 2023.

Her debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove Press, 2008) was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, one of the Chicago Tribune’s Fall’s Best, and the 2007 California Book Award winner in the “First Fiction” category. Her second novel, The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014) was named a 2014 "Best Book of the Year" by NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature and many more. 


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Program Sponsors

InFocus Arts & Lectures

With gratitude to these supporters of the 2022 Moravian Writers' Conference:

  • Maria Corpora '72
  • Provost Cynthia Kosso and the Moravian University Academic Affairs Office
  • Moravian University Arts and Lectures Committee
  • Moravian University InFocus: Health and Justice


Moravian University welcomes and encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Campus Police at 610-861-1421.