Hagerstown Community College To Hold Second Annual Nora Roberts Writing Institute

Hagerstown, MD — This August, Hagerstown Community College (HCC) will hold its Second Annual Nora Roberts Writing Institute (NRWI) in historic Washington County, Maryland.

Named after local resident and international bestselling author Nora Roberts, NRWI is a summer writing retreat geared towards beginning and aspiring fiction writers looking to develop or enhance their writing skills.

Roberts 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 plot and character development to research basics, this three-day retreat is designed for fiction writers of all genres. Workshops and breakout sessions are taught by bestselling authors, college faculty, and public relations professionals. Also included in NRWI is a Young Writers Institute, with breakout sessions for teen writers between the ages of 13 and 19.

This year’s event will be held from Aug. 8-10 on the campus of HCC and will once again feature two bestselling authors as keynote speakers: Hank Phillippi Ryan and Sylvia Day.

Ryan, an investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate and an award-winning author of six mystery novels, will give the opening keynote and will teach a number of breakout sessions, as well as participate in several panel discussions.

Day, a New York Times and international bestselling author whose books have been sold in more than 40 countries, will give the closing keynote speech. She will also participate in several panel discussions and a special breakout session.

Cost is $275 per person for the three-day retreat. To register or learn more, visit http://www.nrwi.org.

Photo: Hank Phillippi Ryan and Sylvia Day.