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Wilkes University Creative Writing Program Announces Program for Pennsylvania Writers Conference Aug. 4 – Aug. 5

NPR Book Critic Maureen Corrigan Announced As Speaker

Get your pens ready! Wilkes University’s Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing has announced the full program for the third annual Pennsylvania Writers Conference. The two-day even celebrates all genres of writing and features workshops and panels with authors, editors, literary agents and film producers. These sessions are offered from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Fri., Aug. 4 and Sat., Aug. 5 with a break for lunch.

Wilkes also announced that Maureen Corrigan, NPR’s Fresh Air book critic, will return to the conference for the second year. She will kick off the second day at 9 a.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center, 239 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Corrigan also served as a juror for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in fiction. She joins previously announced closing keynote speaker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Tretheway. Tretheway, the author of three collections of poetry, speaks on Sat., Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. preceded by a dinner for attendees in the Henry Student Center.

More than 24 sessions examining fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting will be offered during the two-day conference. The sessions will include: 

  • Workshop: Turn Your Writing Research into a Successful Blog
    • Instructor: Gale Martin
    • Time: Sat., Aug. 5, 2 to 2:45 p.m.
    • Learn how and why blogging your book research can yield unprecedented rewards and opportunities.

  • Craft Class: Writing for Stage vs. Writing for Page
    • Instructor: Jan Quackenbush
    • Time: Fri., Aug. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 5, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
    • This craft class will explore ways on how to achieve strong insight and vivid clarity.

  •  Panel: You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania… Lit Mags
    • Panel: Donna Talarico, Mitch Sommers, Matthew Kabik
    • Time: Sat., Aug. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    • Literary magazine editors discuss their publications, processes and literary citizenship.

  •  Craft Class: Getting Started with Historical Fiction
    • Instructor: Barbara Taylor, Scranton author
    • Time: Sat., Aug. 5, 2 to 2:45 p.m.
    • This class will examine research techniques geared toward historical fiction writers, and explore how character, language and style lend authenticity to this genre. Participants will discover strategies for creating a highly readable story.

  •  Craft Class: New Poetic Forms: Found, Blackout, Paradelle and More
    • Instructor: Vivannah E. Duncan
    • Time: Fri., Aug. 4, 2 to 2:45 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
    • This interactive discussion will send you home with at least one poem written in a new style and ideas for many more.

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.

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 conference 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.