Center for Creative Writing: Nightsun Writers Conference

Space Still Available for Frostburg State University Nightsun Writers Conference

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing still has opportunities available for participation in its annual Nightsun Writers Conference from Thursday, July 24, through Sunday, July 27. The conference will feature workshops with Brenda Clough (sci-fi, fantasy and horror writer), April Lindner (young adult fiction writer and poet), Clint McCown (fiction writer), Bruce Weigl (poet) and Marion Winik (creative nonfiction writer).

The program provides participants with workshop opportunities, individualized feedback on their work and craft sessions. It is designed to generate new material for publication, hone the participants’ creative writing skills and initiate a larger writing community.

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. Its faculty bring a wide range of experience:

Clough is the author of numerous works of science fiction, fantasy, short stories and nonfiction, including nine novels, among them “Speak to Our Desires,” “Revise the World,” “The Crystal Crown,” “The Dragon of Mishbil,” “The Realm Beneath” and “The Name of the Sun.” She has been nominated for a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award in 2002 for her novella “May Be Some Time.” She teaches writing workshops at the Writers Center in Bethesda, Md.

Lindner is the author of three young adult novels: “Catherine,” a modernization of “Wuthering Heights”; “Jane,” an update of “Jane Eyre”; and “Love, Lucy,” a retelling of E.M. Forster’s “A Room With a View,” forthcoming in early 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, “Skin” and “This Bed Our Bodies Shaped.” She co-edited “Contemporary American Poetry,” an anthology in Longman’s Penguin Academics series. Lindner is a professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

McCown’s novels include “The Member-Guest,” “War Memorials,” “The Weatherman” and “Haints.” He is the only two-time winner of the American Fiction Prize. Other honors include the Midwest Book Award, the Society of Midland Authors Award, the S. Mariella Gable Prize, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great Writers designation, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Distinction in Literature citation from the Wisconsin Library Association, the Germaine Breé Book Award and an Academy of American Poets Prize. The former editor of “Indiana Review” and the founding editor of the “Beloit Fiction Journal,” he served four years as general editor of the AWP Intro Journals Project. His work has appeared in more than 50 national magazines. In addition, he has published four collections of poems and has worked as a screenwriter for Warner Bros. and as a creative consultant for HBO. Three of his plays have been produced. He also received an Associated Press Award for Documentary Excellence for his investigations of organized crime. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Vermont College of Fine Arts low-residency MFA program.

Weigl is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including “The Abundance of Nothing,” which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, “The Unraveling Strangeness,” “Archeology of the Circle: New and Selected Poems,” “After the Others” and “Song of Napalm,” which was also nominated for a Pulitzer. He has written several collections of critical essays, published translations of Vietnamese and Romanian poetry and edited or co-edited several anthologies of war poetry. He’s received numerous awards for his work, including the Robert Creeley Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Poet’s Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Cleveland Arts Prize and two Pushcart Prizes, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Yaddo Foundation.

Winik is the author of nine books of creative nonfiction and poetry, including “Highs in the Low Fifties,” “First Comes Love” and “The Glen Rock Book of the Dead.” Her “Bohemian Rhapsody” column appears at, and her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun, Poets and Writers and others. Her commentaries for “All Things Considered” are collected at, and she regularly reviews books for Newsday. A professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore, Winik was the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Creative Non-Fiction and has appeared on the “Today” show, “Politically Incorrect” and “Oprah.”

The registration deadline is Friday, July 18. 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.

Teachers who attend the conference can get Continuing Education credit from the Maryland State Department of Education.

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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

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