Join us in March for the 2023 Moravian Writers’ Conference, addressing

Voices of War

March 17-18, 2023

Writers Conference

This conference (featuring in-person and virtual events) will explore writing about war and the veteran experience in today’s world. Join a group of committed writers, community members, veterans, veterans’ spouses, and more as we consider topics such as:

  • Trauma, displacement, and moral injury
  • Importance of wartime stories
  • Disparities in culture regarding the veteran experience
  • War and political divisiveness
  • Support for veterans and veteran families

    ...and the many ways in which writing can—and should—be used to learn about and address these challenging topics.

Keynote speaker Matt Gallagher will offer his address on Friday, March 17, along with a writing workshop, on Saturday, March 18—with limited spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional events on Friday and workshops on Saturday, will 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, 2023.

Donations support Moravian's Writers' Conference and/or Veteran and Military Affairs.

Keynote Speaker

Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher

Matt Gallagher is the author of the novels Empire City and Youngblood, a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. His work has appeared in Esquire, ESPN, The New York Times, The Paris Review and Wired, among other places. He’s also the author of the Iraq war memoir Kaboom and co-editor of the short fiction collection Fire & Forget: Short Stories from the Long War.

In January 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren read Matt’s Boston Globe op-ed “Trump Rejects the Muslims Who Helped Us” on the U.S. Senate Floor, and his work in March 2022 helping train a civilian defense force in Lviv, Ukraine, was featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°. Among other media, he’s appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning and NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, and he was interviewed at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan by retired general David Petraeus.

A graduate of Wake Forest and Columbia, Matt is a 2021-23 fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, based in Green Country, Oklahoma. He lives with his wife and sons there and works remotely as an instructor for New York University’s English Department’s Words After War, a writing workshop devoted to bringing veterans and civilians together.


For more information about the Writers' Conference please contact

Program Sponsors

InFocus Arts & Lectures

With gratitude to these supporters of the 2023 Moravian Writers' Conference:

  • Maria Corpora '72
  • Moravian University Arts and Lectures Committee
  • Moravian University InFocus: War and Peace


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.