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Wilkes University Creative Writing Program Announces Pennsylvania Writers Conference July 30 – August 5

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, author of three collections of poetry, will be the keynote speaker when Wilkes University’s graduate creative writing program holds the third annual Pennsylvania Writers Conference, celebrating all genres of writing. The event features  workshops and panels with authors, editors, literary agents and film producers. The conference includes optional four-day writing workshops from July 31 to Aug. 3. The conference is Aug. 4-5 at Wilkes University.

Natasha TretheweyTrethewey’s work examines the way personal and national histories intertwine and the use of poetry to create social justice. Her first book of poems, Domestic Work (2012), won the Cave Canem Prize for a debut book by an African American poet. Her third collection, Native Guard, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007. Trethewey has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute. She was also been named the 2012 Poet Laureate of Mississippi and the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States from 2012-2014.

The conference opens on Sunday, July 30, with a welcome reception. There will be a choice of one of four all-day writing workshops in different genres to attend on July 31 – Aug. 3.

Writing panels and workshops will be offered on Fri., Aug. 4 and Sat., Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. with a break for lunch. Throughout the day, conference attendees will have a choice of workshops focusing on poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting and screenwriting. The conference will offer pitch sessions with agents, as well as certificate programs in publishing and arts advocacy and education.

An open mic and a poetry slam will be held on Fri., Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Henry Student Center ballroom, 84 West South St. Participation in the open mic and poetry slam is open to all conference attendees and to the public for a $5 entrance fee.

The keynote address will be delivered by Natasha Trethewey on Sat., Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. preceded by a dinner for attendees in the Henry Student Center.

Conference attendees interested in applying to the Wilkes graduate creative writing program will be able to receive an instant decision on their application at the conference.

The all-access pass is $395, which includes the reception on July 30, choice of a four day workshop from July 31 – Aug. 3, a two day pass to the conference on Aug. 4 and 5, and all events including the open mic/poetry slam and keynote reading.

Early bird conference registration is $116 until June 30, which includes a two day pass to the conference on Aug. 4 and 5, the open mic/poetry slam and keynote reading. After June 30, registration is $145. College students with a valid school ID are $75.

For more information, please call 570-408-4547. For conference registration, visit www.wilkes.edu/PWC.