The Frostburg Center for Creative Writing is holding its Fifth Annual Nightsun Writers Conference for local and regional writers from Thursday, July 26, through Sunday, July 29, in downtown Frostburg. There is a discount being offered to participants who register by May 1.
The conference is designed to provide participants with workshop opportunities, individualized attention and feedback on their work, and to initiate a larger writing community for Frostburg and the surrounding region. During the workshop, students will have an opportunity to generate new material for publications. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with workshop facilitators for a personal one-on-one consultation to discuss their work. The weekend will also include readings by workshop leaders and participants.
Workshops will feature a variety of speakers. Poetry writer Gerry LaFemina has published numerous collections of poetry, including “Graffiti Heart,” winner of the 2001 Anthony Piccione/Mammoth Books Poetry Prize. LaFemina is an associate professor in the English Department at FSU and director of the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing.
Science fiction, fantasy and horror writer Andy Duncan was a full-time journalist for 12 years before landing a position as an assistant professor in the English Department at FSU. He has published many short fiction works, including “Beluthahatchi and Other Stories” and has won numerous awards, including two World Fantasy Awards and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Story of the Year.
Creative nonfiction writer Sandra Beasley of Washington, D.C., has recently published her book, “Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales From an Allergic Life,” which is a memoir and cultural history piece on food allergies. She also wrote “I Was the Jukebox,” which won the Barnard Women Poets Prize, and “Theories of Falling,” winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize.
Screenwriter Michael McAlexander is an assistant professor in FSU’s Mass Communication Department. At the beginning of his career, McAlexander held several entertainment positions in Hollywood, including segment producer, assistant to the producer, writer/editor and band manager. While in graduate school at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, he was awarded a Paramount Screenwriting Fellowship and a CINE Golden Eagle award for cinematography and editing on a short film. McAlexander was involved in research projects with companies such as CBS, Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures and Seagate Technologies.
Fiction writer Sara Pritchard of Morgantown, W.Va., is the author of the novel-in-stories, “Crackpots,” which was a 2003 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and the linked-story collection, “Lately.” Her new collection of stories, “Help Wanted: Female,” will be published this year. She has won the Bakeless Prize for Fiction and numerous other literary awards. Pritchard teaches in the Wilkes Low-Residency MA/MFA Program in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and the West Virginia Wesleyan Low-Residency MFA Program in Buckhannon, W.Va.
Registration is required. For more information about the Nightsun Writers Conference, visit www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter/NightsunConf.htm, or contact Gerry LaFemina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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