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HCC to host Writer’s Day

Hagerstown Community College and Antietam Review literary magazine and will host the 16th annual Writer’s Day on Saturday, April 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at HCC. “The Write Voice: Putting Yourself on Pages” will be a daylong conference featuring keynote speaker Denise Giardina and workshops in non-fiction poetry, fiction/novel, or fiction/short story.

Giardina grew up in McDowell County, West Virginia. Her works include “Saints and Villians” and “Fallum’s Secret.” Giardina now teaches at West Virginia University. Other presenters include: Carolyn Thorman, who teaches fiction at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD; Antietam Review Senior Editor Ethan Fischer and Poetry Editor Paul Grant; and Dalton Fleming who has spent 31 years in the newspaper business.

New and experienced writers are encouraged to attend. Participants in all workshops may bring up to 600 to 900 words of prose, a work-in-progress, and/or up to three poems for review. There will also be in-class exercises.

The day concludes with a reception where session presenters will be available to sign and discuss their works. Writer’s Day 2005 is funded in part by a grant from the Washington County Arts Council and HCC Student Activities fees. Registration fee for the event is $59 for the general public, $20 for all students and HCC staff. Continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and conference materials are provided. For more information or a brochure, call Antietam Review at 301-791-3132 or HCC’s Continuing Education Office at 301-790-2800, ext. 454. To register by phone, call 301-790-2800, ext. 236.