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2017 Moravian College Writers’ Conference

I am so excited to announce that I will be a workshop presenter at the Moravian College Writers’ Conference, February 3-4, 2017. Please mark your calendars to join me and other talented writers for an inspiring day of literary art!

This year’s theme is Writing & Sustainability, and will include workshops, craft sessions, and readings about writing and sustaining ourselves and our world. Poet, essayist, and 2015 Guggenheim fellowship recipient Alison Hawthorne Deming will be the featured Keynote Speaker, with additional craft presentations by local writers Kate BrandesBen Cohen, and others. I will be co-presenting “Cross-Pollinating, A Conversation: How Literary Art and Science Can Enrich One Another” with Diane Husic, Dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences at Moravian College and author of “A New Prosperity” Blog. Hope you can join us! Our session description follows:

Writers often begin their careers as something other than writers, and in the sub-genre of environmental literature, the pedigree of writers often includes a scientific background. Yet the scope of sustainability issues we face is challenging beyond a technical level, demanding that we seek other outlets to comprehend and communicate not only what we know as scientists, but what we feel as parents, teachers, and citizens of the world.

Panelists will discuss their evolution from professional scientists and researchers into writer-scientists, and how traversing disciplinary boundaries has enriched both their personal and professional lives. Topic areas to be covered will include using creative writing to metabolize and understand the life questions that science has uncovered, employing scientific research skills to inform our creative work, and using creative strategies to advocate our scientific understanding of important sustainability issues.


About Mary Heather

I am an East-coaster and a West-coaster. I am an academic and a creative spirit. I am an environmental scientist who always wanted to write, and a writer with a nagging nostalgia for the complexities of environmental science. Above all, I am a mother — so whether I’m writing about the natural world, family, or place, I like to consider my work as environmental advocacy in the broadest sense.


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