Planning continues for Nora Roberts Writing Institute at HCC


(Release: February 26, 2013) - The advisory committee for the Nora Roberts Writing Institute (NRWI) at Hagerstown Community College recently held a planning meeting at Dan’s Restaurant and Tap House in Boonsboro. Best-selling author Nora Roberts welcomed the group at the beginning of the meeting.

Pictured, bottom row, from left, are: Anne Shephard, director of grants development at HCC; Nora Roberts; Theresa Shank, dean of Continuing Education and Business Services at HCC; and author Jeanne Adams. Middle row, from left are: Alicia Drumgoole, English instructor at HCC; Jeanne Ford, writer for Days of our Lives; Beth Moore, executive assistant at HCC; and Anne Myers, program manager at HCC. Back row, from left, are: Kathryn Benchoff, English instructor at HCC; author Gail Barrett; Beth Stull, director of public information at HCC; Michele Poacelli, instructor of writing and literature at HCC's College For Kids program; and Angela Kelley, support staff at HCC.

The NRWI conference will be held August 2 and 3 at HCC and will feature keynote speakers Sylvia Day, New York Times best-selling author, and critically acclaimed author Erica Bauermeister.
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.

To register or learn more about the NRWI at HCC, visit To register or learn more about Nora Roberts Young Writers Institute at HCC, visit