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KSC Hosts Summer Writers Conference

KEENE, N.H. 4/11/03 - Do you have an unfinished novel that needs fresh attention, a collection of poems starting to go stale, or just an idea you’ve never had time to put on paper? This summer, come to Keene State College for some serious work on your writing.

Keene State’s Writers Conference is an intensive weeklong residency program that begins on Sunday afternoon, July 27, and ends at midday on Saturday, Aug. 2. The conference is intended both for established writers and for teachers who wish to polish their skills and/or improve their students’ writing. The conference offers workshops in three genres - fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction - and participants will meet individually with instructors and visiting writers, attend readings, and have time to write on their own.

The faculty is a group of writers and educators published and recognized widely:

William Doreski, who teaches creative writing at Keene State, is the author of more than 400 published poems.

Jeff Friedman, the author of four books of poetry, has taught writing on campuses from the University of Iowa to Washington University to Keene State College.

Kirsti Sandy, who serves as director of writing at Keene State College, is a writer of nonfiction and a specialist in the pedagogy of writing - working with teachers to practice their own craft as writers and to improve their students’ writing.

Bonnie Sunstein directs the English Department writing program at the University of Iowa. She teaches summer writing institutes in Martha’s Vineyard, New Hampshire, and several sites in California.

Dzvinia Orlowsky has published three full-length collections of poetry and one chapbook. She has taught in the Mt. Holyoke Writers Conference, the Stonecoast Writers Conference, and other workshops.

Ellen Lesser, who teaches at the Vermont College writing program, is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories.

The KSC Writers Conference costs $1,168 for registration and housing, double occupancy. Six college credits are available for an additional $558 for undergraduate credit and $615 for graduate credit. Space is limited; please register early. For further information, call 603-358-2290 or visit

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