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Welcome to the Nora Roberts Writing Institute

Are you an aspiring novelist eager to write your first novel? Or a writer looking to forge lasting connections with other writers and publishing professionals? Here at the Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College, we know that it takes more than words on a page to craft a story and build a successful writing career. The annual NRWI summer conference offers workshops and breakout sessions by bestselling authors, college faculty, and experienced public relations professionals. From story fundamentals like plot and point of view to seasoned advice on how to market your work, there is something for writers of every genre at NRWI.

Susan Donovan: Why New Writers Shound Attend NRWI

on Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:11

Author and presenter Susan Donovan discusses why it's important for new writers to attend the 2014 Nora Roberts Writing Institute.

The 2014 Nora Roberts Writing Institute (NRWI) will be held August 8-10. View the full conference schedule or learn more about the conference.

Young Writers Contest Winners Announced

on Mon, 07/21/2014 - 14:58

NRWI is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Young Writers Fiction Contest. The grand prize winner is Sean Kenny for "Blink." Runner-Up winners are Elizabeth Anders for "Winking Goodbye" and MacKenzie Morganthal for "The Key to Faith." All three winners are between the ages of 13 and 17.

Winning entries will be published in a special edition of The Hedge Apple, the literary magazine of Hagerstown Community College, after the 2014 Young Writers Institute in August.

Gail Barrett: Why Aspiring Authors Should Attend NRWI

on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 00:00

Author and presenter Gail Barrett explains why it's important for apspiring authors to attend the 2014 Nora Roberts Writing Institute.

The 2014 Nora Roberts Writing Institute (NRWI) will be held August 8-10. View the full conference schedule or learn more about the conference.

Young Writers Institute - Aug. 9-10

on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 00:00

Meet Ellie Scrivener: A talented young writer who won the 2013 Young Writers Fiction Contest. Listen to her talk about her writing and her experience at last year's Young Writers Institute (a special component of the Nora Roberts Writing Institute that is offered to teens between the ages of 13 and 19).

The 2014 Young Writers Institute will be held August 9 and 10. Fiction contest deadline is July 10, 2014. Register or learn more at www.nrwi.org/nrywi.

Teen Writers Wanted

on Tue, 03/11/2014 - 17:08

As part of the second annual Nora Roberts Writing Institute (NRWI), HCC will also offer a special Young Writers Institute for teen writers between the ages of 13 and 19.

The Young Writers Institute will be held on August 9 and 10, 2014, the same weekend as NRWI, and will feature a series of workshops and events specially geared towards aspiring, young writers. Workshops will include fiction-crafting and publishing, as well as the opportunity to network with other teen writers. Cost is $85 per person.

Participants also have the opportunity to take part in a writing contest.

Registration now open for the 2014 Nora Roberts Writing Institute

on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:51