Schedule Overview

Friday, June 5

4:30 PM Registration opens. Haupert Union Building.
5:00-6:30 PM Opening reception.  Pavilion and Courtyard, Haupert Union Building.
6:30 PM Welcome and Presenter Readings. Arena Theatre, Haupert Union Building.
9:00 PM Participant Readings. (Sign up at registration). Location TBD

Saturday, June 6

8:30 AM Registration opens. Haupert Union Building.
9:00-11:00 AM

Saturday and Sunday Workshops (Full-conference participants choose one)

  1. Discovering Your Characters’ (Real) Story (Paul Acampora)
  2. Writing Your Life (Beverly Donofrio)
    NOTE: This workshop is CLOSED. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, contact Conference Director Joyce Hinnefeld at writersconference@moravian.edu or 610-861-1392.
  3. Writing the Novel: Following a Map That Changes (Kate Racculia)
    NOTE: This workshop is CLOSED. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, contact Conference Director Joyce Hinnefeld at writersconference@moravian.edu or 610-861-1392.
  4. Writing Short (Lee Upton)
  5. A Fresh Break for Your Writing: Viewing A Poem’s Line Breaks as Possibilities, Not Endings (BJ Ward)

Saturday-only Workshops (Saturday-only participants choose one)

  1. Once Upon a Time at the Office: Storytelling as a Business Skill (Rachel Roland)
  2. Exploring the Power of Story through Experiential Learning (Catherine Moore)
11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Lunch and Writer Shop Talks

Javier Ávila and Ruth Knafo Setton

1:00-2:00 PM

Lunch and Writer Shop Talks

Josh Berk and Stephanie Powell Watts

2:30-3:45 PM

Reaching Our Readers: A Panel on Independent Publishing

  1. Nic Esposito, The Head and the Hand Press: It Takes a Community to Publish a Book
  2. Bathsheba Monk, Blue Heron Book Works: Next Generation Publishing
  3. Nate Pritts, H_NGM_N: Publishing Poetry—the Nexus of Old and New


Moderator: Mark Harris.

4:00-5:30 PM

Who Are Our Readers?: Writers and Publishing Professionals Weigh In
(Roundtable Discussion)

  1. Beth Kephart
  2. Kate Racculia
  3. Chuck Wendig
  4. Bridget Smith (Dunham Literary Inc.)
  5. Jennifer Udden (Donald Maass Literary Agency)


Moderator: Ruth Knafo Setton

7:30 PM Keynote Event. Foy Concert Hall (open to the public)
9:30 PM Participant Readings. (Sign up at registration). Location TBD.

Sunday, June 7

9:00-11:00 AM

Saturday and Sunday Workshops (Full-conference participants choose one)

  1. Discovering Your Characters’ (Real) Story (Paul Acampora)
  2. Writing Your Life (Beverly Donofrio)
    NOTE: This workshop is CLOSED. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, contact Conference Director Joyce Hinnefeld at writersconference@moravian.edu or 610-861-1392.
  3. Writing the Novel: Following a Map That Changes (Kate Racculia)
    NOTE: This workshop is CLOSED. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list, contact Conference Director Joyce Hinnefeld at writersconference@moravian.edu or 610-861-1392.
  4. Writing Short (Lee Upton)
  5. A Fresh Break for Your Writing: Viewing A Poem’s Line Breaks as Possibilities, Not Endings (BJ Ward)
11:30 AM-1:30 PM Buffet Lunch and interview/conversation with keynote speaker Beth Kephart and special guest A.S. King, Haupert Union Building (for full-conference participants only)
1:30-3:00 PM Concluding remarks, raffle, and presenter book signings.

Throughout the weekend, conference attendees will have an opportunity to purchase work published by keynote speakers, workshop leaders, shop talk presenters, panelists, and roundtable participants. The Moravian College Bookstore will facilitate sales at the Friday evening reception, Saturday registration, Saturday lunch break, Saturday keynote address and Sunday buffet lunch.