Moravian Writers’ Conference Keynote Saturday, June 6, 2015 Will feature writer Beth Kephart and local high school students; free and open to the public

May 18th, 2015Press Release from Moravian College

The 2015 Moravian Writers’ Conference keynote event will be held on Saturday, June 6 at 7:30 PM in Moravian College’s Foy Hall on the Priscilla Payne Hurd campus. The conference’s keynote address, titled “Where You Live and What You Love: The Landscape of the Story,” will be delivered by renowned memoirist, novelist, and award-winning blogger Beth Kephart. Kephart is the author of twenty books, including the forthcoming Love: A Philadelphia Affair and Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir, along with multiple young adult novels, including One Thing Stolen, Small Damages and Going Over.

The evening’s opening act will be storytelling presentations on the conference theme (“Stories and/of Home”) by students from the Moravian Academy Upper School and Freedom High School. Participating students Jade Appel, Tom Bloxam, Sarah Burcaw, Avery Chapman, Emilio Cintron, Andrew Hogan, Noah Ruebeck, Griffin Smith-Nichols, Jasmine Rodriguez, and Brandon Van Loveren have all been participating in story-sharing activities organized by Moravian Academy English teacher Catherine Moore as part of her “Power of Story” class this spring.

Beth Kephart

Beth Kephart

Moore will also lead a Saturday-morning workshop titled “Exploring the Power of Story through Experiential Learning” as part of the Moravian Writers’ Conference, held June 5-7 on Moravian College’s main campus. The conference will offer workshops in a range of genres; writer shop talks; a panel on independent publishing; a roundtable discussion featuring writers Beth Kephart, Kate Racculia, and Chuck Wendig, and literary agents Bridget Smith and Jennifer Udden; and an interview/Q&A with Beth Kephart and writer A.S. King. Some workshops are now full, but registration for the conference will remain open until Friday, May 29. More information is available at

Both Beth Kephart and Catherine Moore are available to discuss plans for the Saturday, June 6 keynote event.


Contact: Joyce Hinnefeld, Conference Director

Moravian College

Bethlehem, PA

ude.naivaromnull@jdlefennih or ude.naivaromnull@ecnerefnocsretirw

610-861-1392 or 610-703-5620

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