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  • 01 Feb 2018 10:29 AM | David Healey (Administrator)


    Christopher Tilghman is the author of two short story collections, In a Father’s Place, and The Way People Run, and three novels, Mason’s Retreat, Roads of the Heart, and The Right-Hand Shore. His short fiction has appeared in the New Yorker and in many literary quarterlies, and has been selected three times for the Best American Short Stories and anthologized widely. 

    His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and his awards include the Whiting Writer’s Award and the Ingram Merrill Fellowship. He is a Professor of English at the University of Virginia, and divides his time between Charlottesville, Virginia and Centreville, Maryland.

    The author will present his keynote talk ”Notes from a Writer's Life" on Saturday, March 10, from 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. in the Cafeteria. Get there early!


  • 31 Jan 2018 2:03 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)



    Nancy Northcott has written a slew of romance novels, some of which include an element of magic. At the Bay to Ocean Conference, she will be discussing the topic, “The Ups and Downs of Writing a Fight Scene.” She generously took part in a Q&A for the newsletter and website.

    If you were going to set a romance on the Eastern Shore, where would it be?

    The conference will be my first visit to the Eastern Shore, so I don't know much about it.  I've heard it's beautiful, though, and I would take advantage of the nearness to the Chesapeake Bay and set my story somewhere near the water.

    Some writers need orange soda. Some need chocolate. When you are writing on deadline, what keeps you energized?

    Mostly the deadline.  I usually drink some variety of tea, hot or cold depending on the season, and ice water.

    What is your top tip for writers in 2018?

    Persevere—in learning the craft, putting words on the page, and learning the markets.  Those who give up will never see their words in print.

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