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2014 Faculty

Clint McCown; Fiction
Brenda Clough; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror

Marion Winik; Creative Nonfiction
April Lindner; Young Adult Fiction
Bruce Weigl; Poetry
Costs & Offerings
For $300 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 24-27, 2014

Registration Deadline July 18, 2014!

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 24, through Sunday, July 27, in downtown Frostburg, MD.

The conference will feature workshops with:

  • Bruce Weigl, (poetry)
  • Brenda Clough, (sci-fi, fantasy, and horror)
  • April Lindner (YA fiction)
  • Marion Winik (nonfiction)
  • Clint McCown (fiction)

    Brenda W. Clough
    is the author of numerous works of science fiction, fantasy, short stories, and nonfiction, including nine novels: The Crystal Crown, The Dragon of Mishbil, The Realm Beneath, and The Name of the Sun. She has been nominated to an Hugo Award and a Nebula Award in 2002 for her Novella "May Be Some Time". She currently teaches writing workshops at the Writers Center in Bethesda, MD.

    April Lindner is the author of three Young Adult novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, a retelling of E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View, forthcoming in early 2015 from Poppy. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin (Texas Tech University Press) and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped (Able Muse Press). With R. S. Gwynn, she co-edited Contemporary American Poetry, an anthology in Longman’s Penguin Academics series. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.

    Clint McCown’s novels include The Member-Guest (Doubleday), War
    Memorials (Graywolf and Houghton Mifflin), The Weatherman
    (Graywolf), and Haints (New Rivers Press). He is the only twotime
    winner of the American Fiction Prize; other honors include
    the Midwest Book Award, the Society of Midland Authors Award,
    the S. Mariella Gable Prize, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great
    Writers designation, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a
    Distinction in Literature citation from the Wisconsin Library
    Association, the Germaine Breé Book Award, and an Academy of
    American Poets Prize. The former editor of Indiana Review and
    the founding editor of the Beloit Fiction Journal, he served
    four years as general editor of the AWP Intro Journals Project.
    His work has appeared in more than fifty national magazines. In
    addition, he has published four collections of poems, and has
    worked as a screenwriter for Warner Bros. and as a creative
    consultant for HBO television. Three of his plays have been
    produced. He also received an Associated Press Award for
    Documentary Excellence for his investigations of Organized
    Crime. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Virginia
    Commonwealth University and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts
    low-residency MFA program.

    Bruce Weigl is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including The Abundance of Nothing (2012), which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, The Unraveling Strangeness (2002), Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems (1999),After the Others (1999), and Song of Napalm (1988), which was also nominated for a Pulitzer. He has also written several collections of critical essays, has published translations of Vietnamese and Romanian poetry, and has also edited or co-edited several anthologies of war poetry.  He's received numerous awards for his work, including the Robert Creeley Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Poet’s Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Cleveland Arts Prize, two Pushcart Prizes, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Yaddo Foundation.

    Marion Winik is the author of nine books of creative nonfiction and poetry, among them the HIGHS IN THE LOW FIFTIES, FIRST COMES LOVE and THE GLEN ROCK BOOK OF THE DEAD. Winik's "Bohemian Rhapsody" column appears at, and her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun, Poets and Writers, and others. Her commentaries for All Things Considered are collected at, and she regularly reviews books for Newsday.  A professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore, Winik was the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Creative Non-Fiction and has has appeared on the Today Show, Politically Incorrect and Oprah.

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 $300 plus accommodations and some meals. A 50% scholarship is available for recent FSU alumni. 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.

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

Registration Form

2014 Conference Schedule



Main Steet Frostburg, Maryland