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2015 Faculty

Karen McElmurray; Fiction
Michael Arnzen; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror

Tim Wendel; Creative Nonfiction
Allison Joseph; Poetry
Costs & Offerings
For $350 tuition students receive:
A weekend to study with published writers and to workshop, design, and generate new material and to receive feedback for finished works.
Opportunity for a one-on-one faculty conference for an additional cost of $25.00.
The weekend includes a reading of participant work as well as faculty readings.
Thursday dinner, lunches, and receptions included.

  Summer Nightsun Writers Conference


In Historic Downtown Frostburg

July 23-26, 2015

Registration Deadline July 1, 2015!

Dorm Option Available - $50 a night, taxes included - Make a note on your registration form if you are interested in this     option.

The Frostburg Center for Creative Writing is happy to announce the fifth annual Nightsun Writers Conference scheduled to be held Thursday, July 23, through Sunday, July 26, in downtown Frostburg, MD.

The program will provide participants with:

workshop opportunities
individualized attention to and feedback on their work
craft sessions

The conference is designed to generate new material for publication, hone the craft of creative writing, and initiate a larger writing community for participants. We're happy to announce that teachers who come to our annual Nightsun Summer Writers Conference can get Continuing Education credit from the Maryland State Department of Education.

The weekend will also include readings by participants, workshop faculty, and special guests.

The cost for participation is $350 plus accommodations and some meals. Recent FSU alumni may attend for $175. There is a $50.00 discount for returning Nightsun participants. There will be an opportunity for a one-on-one faculty conference for an additional cost of $25.00.  (Note: Only one discount per participant may be applied to the total cost of the conference.)

The conference will feature workshops with:

Born in London to parents of Jamaican heritage, Allison Joseph grew up in Toronto, Canada, and the Bronx. She graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A., and from Indiana University with an M.F.A. She teaches at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and is Director of the Young Writers Workshop at SIUC, which she founded in 1999: a four-day summer program for high school students. Many of SIUC's creative writing faculty and graduate students are involved with the workshop, and the student participants come from several states. In 1995, she was one of the founding editors of Crab Orchard Reviewas the magazine's poetry editor and has also worked as editor-in-chief since August 2001. She lives in Carbondale, Illinois.

Michael Arnzen

Michael Arnzen is an award-winning author of horror fiction and an English professor at Seton Hill University, where he has taught writing since 1999. His trophy case includes four Bram Stoker Awards and an International Horror Guild Award for his often funny, always disturbing stories. Join his social network at

Tim Wendel

Tim Wendel is a Philadelphia-born American writer whose works have appeared in many newspapers and magazines such as the National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, both Huffington and Washington Posts among others. In 2004 he was awarded with the Professional Achievement Award and five years later received an Award for Teaching Excellence from Johns Hopkins University. He grew up in New York and is currently lives in Washington, D.C. with a wife and two kids. He is also an author of more than nine books, the recent of which is Summer of '68: The Season When Baseball, and America, Changed Forever which was named a top 10 choice by Publisher's Weekly and was also named Notable Book of the Year 2013 by the Michigan State.Wendel is also a writer in residence at Johns Hopkins University. He is also a recipient of the Walter E. Dakin Fellow and Tennessee Williams Scholar to the Sewanee Writers' Conference, beside being a Pen/Faulkner visiting writer to the Washington, D.C. Public Schools. Wendel has a masters degree in writing from Johns Hopkins and a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University. In 2005, Wendel co-wrote a piece that was a finalist for the Good Morning America national memoir contest. He also co-founded USA Today Baseball Weekly, which he edited and wrote for. Wendel has also been nominated twice for the Virginia Literary Award. He has won the USA Today Luminary Award.

Karen McElmurray

Karen writes both fiction and creative nonfiction. Her memoir, Surrendered Child, won the AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction and was listed as a “notable book” by the National Book Critics Circle. She is also the author of Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven (University of Georgia Press), a novel that won the Lillie Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing and, most recently, The Motel of the Stars, part of the 2009 Linda Bruckheimer Series from Sarabande Books. Karen has an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Virginia, an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and a PhD from the University of Georgia, where she studied American Literature and Fiction Writing. Her work has received numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is frequently visiting writer and lecturer at a variety of programs and reading series.

To register, please fill out the following registration form and send us a non-refundable $50 down payment:

Registration Form

Main Steet Frostburg, Maryland