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Keene State Hosts Its Third Summer Writers Conference

KEENE, N.H. 3/16/05 - 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 third annual Keene State College Writers Conference, July 31-Aug. 6, 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 2005 Keene State Writers Conference faculty are:

William Doreski, who 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. An English professor, he has taught creative writing at Keene State College since 1982.

Jack Driscoll, author of four books of poetry, a collection of short stories, and three novels. His novel Lucky Man, Lucky Woman was the recipient of the 1998 Pushcart Book Editors Award. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Kansas City Star, Civilization, Poetry, Ploughshares, and other publications.

Jeff Friedman, who has written four collections of poetry, including Black Threads, scheduled for publication in 2006. His poems and translations have appeared in many literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, and The Antioch Review. He is a faculty member in the MFA poetry writing program at New England College.

Ellen Lesser, author of three novels and a short-story collection. Her fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in The Village Voice, The Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Epoch, and other magazines. She has taught at the Indiana University, Holyoke, and Stonecoast summer writers’ conferences and, since 1989, at the Vermont College writing program.

Joseph Monninger, novelist and 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. An associate professor of English at Plymouth State University, he is also a fishing guide and currently writes a column that appears in several New Hampshire newspapers.

Dzvinia Orlowsky, a founding editor of Four Way Books and a contributing editor to Agni, The Marlboro Review, and Shade. Her poetry as well as translations and co-translations of contemporary Ukrainian poets have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. She teaches poetry at the Stonecoast MFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine.

Rebecca Rule, author of two collections of short fiction for adults: Wood Heat and The Best Revenge and co-author of two how-to-write books: Creating the Story and True Stories. She collects and writes humorous Granite State tales, some recorded on audiotape. She hosts “The Author Series” on television, co-hosts a literary radio show, and writes the newspaper column “Bookmarks.”

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 $636 for undergraduate credits or $696 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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