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FSU’s Center for Creative Writing to Host Nightsun Writers Conference

The Frostburg Center for Creative Writing is celebrating the sixth annual Nightsun Writers Conference on Thursday, July 25, through Sunday, July 28, in downtown Frostburg, Md. The program provides participants with workshop opportunities, individualized feedback on their work and craft sessions and is designed to generate new material for publication, hone the participants’ creative writing skills and initiate a larger writing community.

The conference will feature workshops with Bruce Weigl (poet and author of “The Abundance of Nothing”), Heidi Ruby Miller (sci-fi, fantasy and horror writer and the author of “Ambasadora”), Dinty Moore (creative non-fiction writer and author of “Between Panic and Desire”), Ty DeMartino (screenwriter and writer and producer of the film “Doughboy”) and Jessica Anya Blau (fiction writer and author of “Summer of Naked Swim Parties”). The registration deadline is July 18, and the cost of participation is $300 plus accommodations and some meals. There will be an opportunity for a one-on-one faculty conference for an additional cost of $25.

Weigl is a Vietnam War veteran. His experiences in the war are often reflected in his poetry. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, and he has taught English at the University of Arkansas, Old Dominion University, Pennsylvania State University and Lorain County Community College in his home state of Ohio.

Miller teaches creative writing at Seton Hill University, where she graduated from the renowned Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program. “Ambasadora” was her thesis novel there.

Moore won the National Book Prize for Non-Fiction for his memoir, “Between Panic and Desire,” in 2008. He has worked as a journalist and actor and served as an editor at the Wharton School of Business at Pennsylvania State University. He has taught at Penn State Altoona and Ohio University.

DeMartino, a Frostburg playwright and screenwriter and FSU graduate, has written numerous successful plays. Some of his accomplishments include winning the 2009 Individual Artist Award for Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council and being named “Best Playwright” by The Baltimore City Paper for his political drama “The Blessed Mothers of War.” His father-son drama “Finding Fossils” was named Best Production of the 2008 Baltimore Playwrights Festival.

Blau’s novel “The Summer of Naked Swim Parties” was named one of the 50 Best Books of 2008 by The San Francisco Chronicle. Blau was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2007.

The conference will be held in classrooms spread throughout downtown Frostburg locations. It will provide seminars, memorable readings by faculty and participants and the unique opportunity for participants to mingle with special guests as well as share their work at a reading at the end of the weekend.

For more information, visit or contact Gerry LaFemina at 301-687-4340 or

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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