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Keene State Hosts its Second Summer Writers Conference

KEENE, N.H. 4/16/04 - Do you have an unfinished novel that needs fresh attention or a collection of poems starting to go stale? This summer, come to Keene State College for some serious work on your fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry.

The Keene State College Writers Conference, Aug. 1-7, is an intensive weeklong residency program for established writers and teachers who wish to polish their skills and improve their students’ writing. You’ll get close personal attention by meeting individually with a faculty of distinguished writers, attending readings by visiting authors, and writing on your own. You may even earn six college credits in only a week.

The 2004 Keene State Writers Conference faculty are: Debra Kang Dean is the author of News of Home, co-winner of the Sheila Margaret Motton Award of the New England Poetry Club. Other poems have been anthologized in The Best American Poems 1999 and The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology, and other volumes.

William Doreski has published more than 400 poems and 16 books of poetry, criticism, and memoir. His nonfiction work includes The Sun Keeps Setting, about the last months of his father’s life.

Jack Driscoll has written four books of poems, a collection of short stories, and three novels. His novel Lucky Man, Lucky Woman won the 1998 Pushcart Book Editors Award.

Jeff Friedman has written four collections of poetry, including Taking Down the Angel. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Antioch Review, and many other literary journals.

Ellen Lesser is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories. Her fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in the Village Voice, the Missouri Review, the Mississippi Review, Epoch, and other magazines.

Lesle Lewis won the 2002 Iowa Poetry Prize for her volume Small Boats. Her poems have appeared in journals including American Letters & Commentary and Barrow Street.

Joseph Monninger is a novelist and the author of two nonfiction books, A Barn in New England: Making a Home on Three Acres and Home Waters: Fishing with an Old Friend. Among his eight novels are Mather and Viper Tree.

The KSC Writers Conference registration fee is $950, which covers all conference materials, two dinners, and several informal receptions during the week. Participants will receive 3.5 continuing education units for the week.

Participants may elect to earn six college credits for participation in the conference at an additional cost of $594 for undergraduate credits or $660 for graduate credits.

Living on campus during the conference is suggested but is not required. Housing is single occupancy with a shared bath in a college dorm room at a cost of $148 for the week.

Space is limited; please register early. For further information, call 603-358-2290 or visit

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