Feb 2nd, 2012Press Release from ArtsQuest


BETHLEHEM, PA—Aspiring and professional writers, public speakers, business leaders and anyone who is thinking about writing their memoirs are invited to attend the Memoir Writing Conference, set for April 28 in Bethlehem, PA. The conference, which will take place from 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, will feature presentations by 11 professional writers and artists from throughout the region and across the country. All sessions are designed to help participants develop the skills necessary for creating unique and interesting stories, including helping them find the graphic sensory details that are the art and heart of writing.


Organized by Allentown resident and author Bathsheba Monk, Memoir Writing Conference 2012 features 10 sessions covering a variety of topics ranging from using sound, color and even food as triggers for eliciting powerful memories and emotions, to tips, techniques and best practices for making your personal story as compelling as possible. Highlighting the event is a panel discussion on the legal, psychological and literary aspects unique to memoir writing. Panel members are literary agent Betsy Lerner of Dunow, Carlson and Lerner Literary Agency in New York, N.Y.; attorney Karolyn Vreeland Blume, who specializes in mediation and conflict resolution; and psychologist Dr. Micah Sadigh, whose work has been published in periodicals such as The Ladies Home Journal and Fitness.  The conference also includes a keynote presentation by award-winning writer Bill White, reporter and columnist for The Morning Call, who will discuss how and when to incorporate humor into your work to create a truly entertaining story.


“The one thing all successful people have in common is the ability to create a narrative about themselves and their endeavors,” says Monk, author of Nude Walker, which was reviewed recently in The New York Times. “You are the story you tell about yourself, and this conference is designed to help people bring their story to life in a variety of unique and creative ways.”


Presenters at Memoir Conference 2012 include best-selling author and National Book Award Finalist Susan Straight, who has written seven novels including I Been in Sorrow’s Kitchen and Licked Out All the Pots, which was named a New York Times Notable Book, as well as a best book by USA Today and Publishers Weekly; noted fashion writer and editor G. Bruce Boyer, former editor for Town & Country and author of articles for publications such as Esquire, Forbes, The New York Times and The New Yorker; and Billy Kounoupis, chef, author, radio host and owner of Billy’s Downtown Diner in Bethlehem. Other presenters include Muhlenberg College Professor of Art Scott Sherk, who has presented sound and sculpture exhibitions throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region; Cedar Crest College Professor of Art Pat Badt, who has exhibited at galleries in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York and Europe; Lock Haven University Director of Creative Writing and Professor of English Marjorie Maddox, who has published eight poetry collections and 350 essays, stories and poems during her career; and Gary R. Hafer, a Lycoming College professor whose studies on writing instruction have appeared in College English, The Journal of Developmental Education and Computers and Composition. Participants looking for a truly unique way to tell their story can even take part in Constructing You Memoir in Poetry by noted poet and instructor Carolyn Segal. The conference also includes a session on Yoga and Creativity, led by Cat Cappel of West End Yoga.


At the conclusion of Memoir Writing Conference, participants will be invited to write a short memoir piece, which can be submitted to Monk, who will gently edit and assemble into an eBook that can be shared with family and friends. Registration for the conference is $225 and includes admission to the seminars, continental breakfast and a box lunch. A special limited-seating dinner experience featuring Lerner and Straight will kick off the conference April 27, 6-9 p.m. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to personally meet and ask questions of both presenters. Tickets for the dinner, which is limited to 25 people, are $100.


Memoir Writing Conference registrations and dinner ticket sales will begin Feb. 3, 10 a.m., at and 610-332-3378. For complete details and conference session descriptions, please visit



Bathsheba Monk, 610-653-6959 or moc.liamtohnull@knomabehshtab




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