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Choose to attend one or both sessions!

Poetry Session -- 10am to 12:30pm

(check-in begins at 9:30am and day ends after lunch at 2pm) Lead by poet Elizabeth Hazen

Hone your imagery sensory writing with poet and teacher Elizabeth Hazen, as she takes you on a journey through writing that owes more to emotion than message. You’ll learn about different styles of poetry, take part in exercises that will up your skill level, share your favorites, and even have time for feedback and a critique of your work.

Fiction Session -- 2:00pm to 4:30pm

(check-in begins at 12noon for lunch before session) Lead by novelist Harrison Demchick

Fiction author and editor Harrison Demchick will work with you on plotting, character development, dialog, and setting - all in hopes of getting you on your way to a great first draft of your novel or short story. You’ll learn how to improve your skills, have fun with writing prompts, and work on your masterpiece with expert assistance!

No matter which session you choose, you are included in lunch and keynote address.

Dan Fesperman

The Letter Writer

NY Times Best Selling Author Former foreign correspondent Dan Fesperman

Dan‘s travels as a journalist and novelist have taken him to thirty countries and three war zones. Lie in the Dark won the Crime Writers’ Association of Britain’s John Creasey Memorial Dagger Award for best first crime novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows won their Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller, and The Prisoner of Guantánamo won the Dashiell Hammett Award from the International Association of Crime Writers.

His newest book is The Letter Writer:

“The WWII alliance between the Mafia and the U.S. government has been explored in crime fiction before but never in such compelling fashion as Fesperman does here…

“His marriage in shambles, former North Carolina cop Woodrow Cain arrives in New York in early 1942 with a new job (NYPD detective, arranged by his wealthy father-in-law) and with the stink of scandal still clinging to his clothes like yesterday’s Lucky Strikes. He draws a seemingly dead-end murder case but gets lucky when an impoverished but educated man called Danziger, who earns his living writing letters for illiterate immigrants, provides information about the body, about German spies, and about corruption in the NYPD.

“Why does Danziger know so much about everything, including the Mafia? Why is Cain’s father-in-law interfering in Cain’s investigation? The police-corruption theme is a familiar one, of course, but what makes this novel shine is the way Fesperman combines it with the mobsters-as-patriots angle and with the rich character of the letter writer.” —Bill Ott, BOOKLIST