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FSU’s Center for Literary Arts to Host Nightsun Writer’s Conference

Nance Van Winckel
Nance Van
Ethelbert Miller
Ethelbert Miller
Andy Duncan
Andy Duncan
Patricia Henley
Patricia Henley

Frostburg State University’s Center for Literary Arts will host its ninth annual Nightsun Writer’s Conference from Thursday, July 28, to Sunday, July 31, in downtown Frostburg.

The program provides participants with workshop opportunities, individualized attention, feedback and craft sessions. The conference is designed to generate new material for publication, hone the craft of creative writing and initiate a larger writing community. The event boasts fine food, friendship, seminars, memorable readings by faculty and participants and the unique opportunity to mingle with special guests as well as to share work at a reading at the end of the weekend.

This year’s conference will feature workshops with Nance Van Winckel for poetry; Ethelbert Miller for creative nonfiction; Andy Duncan for science fiction, fantasy and horror; and Patricia Henley for fiction.

Van Winckel teaches in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has received numerous awards for her poetry, including two National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowships, a Pushcart Prize and awards from the Poetry Society of America. She recently began creating “pho-toems,” which combine photographs with small poems and other graphic material.

Miller is a writer and literary activist, with works including several collections of poetry and two memoirs. He has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Senior Specialist Program, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the Gaea Foundation and has served in leadership roles with the Institute for Policy Studies, the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Ascension Poetry Reading Series. Two cities, Jackson, Tenn., and Washington, D.C., have proclaimed “E. Ethelbert Miller Days” in his honor.

Duncan has won three World Fantasy Awards, a Nebula Award and a Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and has been a finalist 27 times for major awards in science fiction, fantasy and horror. His books include fiction collections “The Pottawatomie Giant and Other Stories” and “Beluthahatchie and Other Stories,” novellas “Wakulla Springs” and “The Night Cache” and a travel guide, “Alabama Curiosities,” in addition to numerous short stories published in periodicals and anthologies. He teaches creative writing, journalism and public relations at FSU.

Henley’s first book of stories, “Friday Night at Silver Star,” won the Montana First Book Award, and her first novel, “Hummingbird House,” was a finalist for the National Book Award. In addition to two poetry chapbooks, short story collections, novels and essays, she has authored a play, “If I Hold My Tongue,” which was produced at the Compass Rose Theater in Annapolis and given a staged reading at The Kennedy Center. Henley lives in Frostburg.

The cost of participation in the conference is $350 plus accommodations and some meals. There is a $50 discount for returning Nightsun participants. One-on-one faculty conferences will be available for an additional $25. Discounts, scholarships and opportunities for Continuing Education credit are available.

For more information, visit or contact Gerry LaFemina, director of the Center for Literary Arts, at

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 or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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