Writers' Conference

Join us in March 2021 for—

A writers’ conference sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium’s Writers’ Community and the Moravian University Writers’ Conference:

Writing Nature: Refuge or Threat?

March 26-27, 2021

This free, virtual conference will explore people’s experiences in natural landscapes as spaces of inclusion and exclusion. How do we as writers communicate sustainability from positions of race, class, gender, ability, and location? What stories do we need to tell, and how can we best tell them?

Keynote speakers Camille Dungy and J. Drew Lanham will also each offer a free and virtual place-based workshop, with limited spaces available on a first come, first serve basis. Each workshop participant will be eligible to apply for an all-expense paid, week-long retreat at the Highlights Foundation from May 29 to June 5, 2021.

Conference Schedule:  

Friday, March 26  

  • 4:00-5:00PM Cocktail Hour with Editors
    Sumanth Prabhaker from Orion Magazine and Joey McGarvy from Milkweed Editions will discuss and answer questions about nature writing and publishing in the world today. Bring your favorite cocktail and join in.
  • Keynotes and Readings  
    • 5:30-6:00PM Drew Lanham will discuss "Writing about Place"  
    • 6:00-6:30PM Camille Dungy will speak about "Ways I Write the World"  
    • 6:30-7:00PM Discussion and Q&A with Drew and Camille    

Saturday, March 27  

  • 9:30AM-12PM Camille Dungy Workshop - FULL/CLOSED
    When you register, you can choose to be waitlisted for this workshop.
    Camille will discuss Creating and Celebrating Environmental Art in a Time of Environmental Crisis. This generative workshop will encourage thinking closely about ways to produce art that celebrates the greater than human world even as it is honest about the environmental perils we all face.    
  • 1:30-2:30PM – Open Mic
  • 3:00-4:30PM Drew Lanham Workshop - FULL/CLOSED
    When you register, you can choose to be waitlisted for this workshop.
    Drew will guide workshop participants in generating writing that draws on the conference themes.    

Register for the conference now and/or apply for one or both of the Workshops at https://tinyurl.com/MoravianWriters2021. Registration will run through March 25, 2021.

Keynote speakers

Camille T. Dungy

Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History (W.W. Norton, 2017). A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, her honors include NEA Fellowships in poetry (2003) and prose (2018), an American Book Award, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations. Dungy’s poems have been published in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, the Pushcart Anthology, Best American Travel Writing, and over thirty other anthologies. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University.

Camille T. Dungy

J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram’s Living Legacy, and Carolina Writers at Home. He is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University.


These events are sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.