Panel Descriptions

The Writer’s Platform: Blogs and Beyond
Shane Burcaw, Stacia Decker, Jon McGoran, Tina Wexler and Paul Acampora (moderator)
Saturday, June 7, 3:30 PM

What might it mean to turn your blog into a book? Sure there are services, apps and plugins that can turn your online entries into epub and bound manuscripts--but does that mean a book that’s up to traditional publishing industry standards? And what exactly is a writer’s “platform”? How can writers draw on their work in other realms—such as writing in other forums or genres—to help market their work?

Writer Shane Burcaw is a successful blogger who has translated the success of his blog, “Laughing at My Nightmare,” into a book contract with a major publisher. Writer Jon McGoran has been writing and working in the areas of food and sustainability for some time, and these topics have informed his novels Drift and Deadout, along with being important to their success. For this panel, moderated by writer and blogger Paul Acampora, Shane and Jon--along with their agents, Tina Wexler (ICM Partners) and Stacia Decker (Donald Maass Literary Agency)--will discuss their varied experiences as writers and the steps that have made their varied works successful.

Writing Moravians:  Stories from the Archives
Theresa Crater, Elizabeth Dolan, Scott Gordon, Seth Moglen and Craig Atwood (moderator)
Saturday, June 7, 3:30 – 4:30PM

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania was founded in 1741 by a controversial religious group known as the Moravian Church.  The Moravians presented a challenge to the gender norms and class structure of the 18th century with their prayers to God the Mother, ordination of women and communal economy.  The Moravians also strongly encouraged men and women to write poetry, hymns, and autobiographical texts (called Lebenslaufe), and they left behind a rich resource of materials in their archives.  For the past 25 years, archivists and historians have been rediscovering the radicalness of the old Moravians, opening new avenues of both historical and creative writing.

Join us for a panel featuring authors discussing their writing about the Moravians, as well as scholars and writers considering the role of historical research in both scholarly and creative work.