NRWI’s 2014 conference will be held Aug. 8-10. A new website (www.nrwi.org ) will also be launched on March 4, 2014. For more information, email email@example.com.
In 2013, HCC launched the Nora Roberts Writing Institute (NRWI). Held annually each summer, NRWI is an intensive two-day conference geared towards beginning and aspiring fiction writers.
HCC President Guy Altieri first conceived of the idea in 2011 and asked HCC staff to contact Laura Reeth, longtime publicist to international bestselling author Nora Roberts. When Reeth told of her of the college’s plan, Roberts was thrilled to learn that there would be a writing institute in Washington County.
“I’m delighted to lend my name to the Nora Roberts Writing Institute at HCC,” said Roberts. “As a longtime resident of Washington County, I know from personal family experience that the college offers a quality learning experience.”
Reeth, along with HCC staff members Anne Myers, lifelong learning program manager, and Theresa Shank, dean, continuing education and business services, began planning the institute, calling on local authors and writers, as well as HCC faculty and staff, to form an advisory committee to oversee NRWI. In addition to Reeth, Myers, and Shank, the NRWI Advisory Committee now consists of three bestselling authors, 10 HCC staff and faculty members, the director of the Young Writers Academy at Mercersburg Academy in Pa., an international travel journalist, and the manager of Roberts’ Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, Md.
NRWI’s first annual conference was held on August 2 and 3, 2013. More than 100 attendees from across the United States came for the inaugural year. The conference featured international bestselling author Sylvia Day and critically acclaimed author Erica Bauermeister as keynote speakers and a number of workshops and breakout sessions taught by well-known authors, advisory committee members, and HCC faculty.
NRWI’s first year also featured a special session for high school students known as the Young Writers Institute. Geared towards teenage writers age 14 or older, the Young Writers Institute offered special breakout sessions separate from the adult institute, as well as a short story contest through which the winner won a conference scholarship and an Amazon.com gift card.
Young Writers Institute contest winners Ellie Scrivener (middle left) and Joanna Johansen (middle right) with NRWI keynote speakers and bestselling authors Erica Bauermeister (left) and Sylvia Day (right). Ellie was the grand prize winner of the Young Writers Institute writing contest and Joanna was one of two second-place winners (not pictured: Marissa LaPorte).