Robert Hellenga speaks at David R. Collins Writers' Conference

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Press release submitted by Midwest Writing Center

Robert Hellenga speaks at David R. Collins Writers' Conference

WHAT: Luncheon with renowned author Robert Hellenga

WHEN: Thursday, June 25, 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Cosgrove Hall faculty dining room, St. Ambrose University

David R. Collins Writers' Conference

Keynote Speaker Robert Hellenga to Speak at Luncheon

Robert Hellenga, novelist and professor at Knox College, will speak at a luncheon during the annual David R. Collins Writer"s Conference on Thursday, June 25th at 11:45 a.m. This luncheon is open to the public as well as conference participants, but reservations and a $15 fee are required.

Robert Hellenga is currently the George Appleton Lawrence Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of English and Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, where he has been teaching since 1968. At Knox he began writing fiction, publishing his first short story in 1973. He has published three novels, Blues Lessons, The Fall of a Sparrow, and The Sixteen Pleasures, and his fourth novel, Philosophy Made Simple, is forthcoming. He has directed two programs for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, one at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL and one in Florence, Italy; he has been awarded an Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, in addition to many other honors.

The fee for attending this luncheon is $15; the fee must be paid and reservations must be made no later than Tuesday, June 23rd. Space for this special event is limited and sure to fill up, so please don"t waitó sign up today! Mr. Hellenga's books will be available for purchase.

If you have any questions about the luncheon with Robert Hellenga, or the David R. Collins Writer"s Conference, please contact the Midwest Writing Center, or visit the Center"s website at Registrations are being accepted now, and you can save money by registering before the early bird deadline expires on Wednesday, June 17.

The 2009 David R. Collins Writer"s Conference is sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, Sam"s Club Foundation, St. Ambrose University English Department, and the Illinois Arts Council. The Midwest Writing Center is grateful for their generous support.

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