Schedule Overview

Friday, June 6

5-7 PM Opening reception.  Payne Gallery.
7 PM Welcome and faculty readings.  Peter Hall.

Saturday, June 7


Workshops (participants choose one)

  1. UNSTUCK: Friendly Yet Honest Advice on a Poem You Can’t Seem to Finish (B.J. Ward)
  2. Character, Theme, & Viewpoint in Middle Grade / YA: Getting It Right (Jordan Sonnenblick)
  3. The Magic of Place: How to Make Your Setting Sing (Ruth Knafo Setton)
  4. Writing Your Life (Beverly Donofrio)
  5. Employing Humor in Our Writing (Lee Upton)
11:30-1PM Lunch

Craft Talks Session I (participants choose one)

  1. The World Isn't Flat, But Some Books Are! (Jordan Sonnenblick)
  2. From T&C to FIT: The Path of a Fashion Writer, Curator, and Consultant (G. Bruce Boyer)
  3. Yoga for the Writing Life (Beverly Donofrio)

Craft Talks Session II (participants choose one)

  1. How Dare You: Strategies for Telling Our Family Stories (Mark Harris)
  2. Lists, Recipes and Other Stories: Conquering the Literary Conceit (Carmen Machado)
  3. Where Lyric and Poetry Meet (Anne Hills)

Panel discussions (participants choose one)

  1. The Writer’s Platform: Blogs and Beyond (Stacia Decker, Shane Burcaw, Jon McGoran, Tina Wexler; moderated by Paul Acampora)
  2. Writing Moravians:  Stories from the Archives (Theresa Crater, Elizabeth Dolan, Scott Gordon and Seth Moglen; moderated by Craig Atwood)
4:30-8PM Dinner Break

Conversation with Literary Agents, Stacia Decker and Tina Wexler (optional) 

Walking Tour of Historic Church Street (optional)

8 PM Keynote Speakers, Foy Concert Hall (open to the public)

Sunday, June 8

9-11 AM Breakfast buffet and faculty book signings
11AM-1PM Interview/conversation with keynote speakers, Peter Hall (for conference participants only)
2-3:30PM Master Class with Ursula Hegi (10-12 participants; by competitive application)

Manuscript consultations with faculty (Carmen Machado, Jorden Sonnenblick, Lee Upton, and Mark Harris); space limited; registration on a first-come, first-served basis

2:00-2:20  Session 1

2:25-2:45  Session 2

2:55-3:15  Session 3

3:20-3:40  Session 4

3:45-4:05  Session 5

Throughout the weekend, conference attendees will have an opportunity to purchase work published by keynote speakers, workshop leaders, craft talk presenters and panelists.  The Moravian Book Shop will facilitate sales at the Friday evening reception, Saturday registration, Saturday lunch break, Saturday keynote address and Sunday brunch.