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Summer Writing Institute held August 2-3


Hagerstown Community College has signed an agreement with internationally known author Nora Roberts to create the Nora Roberts Writing Institute (NRWI) at HCC. The first conference of the NRWI will be held August 2 and 3.
“We are thrilled to be able to form a partnership with Nora Roberts in developing an institute that will help develop and support aspiring writers,” said Guy Altieri, HCC president.
Roberts has lent her name to HCC’s writing institute to help provide participants with a solid foundation upon which to build a writing career. From the fundamentals of setting up the story and plot to good research basics, this two-day retreat is designed for beginning and aspiring writers with interest in a wide range of genres. Also included in the event is a Young Writers Institute, with breakout sessions designed for students entering grades 10 through 12.
The NRWI will feature keynote speakers Sylvia Day, New York Times best-selling author, and critically acclaimed author Erica Bauermeister. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals from professionals, in over 15 breakout sessions.
“Writing is a solitary craft, so I know the value of finding the company of other writers,” said Roberts. “The give and take of other perspectives brings on a renewed sense of excitement and enthusiasm about the craft.”
With over 400 million copies of her books in print, Roberts has written more than 203 books and is a perennial presence on the New York Times best-seller lists. She is a resident of Washington County, Md., and the owner of Inn BoonsBoro, an eight-room bed and breakfast, located on the square in Boonsboro.

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