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NEWS
February 24, 2013
Hagerstown Community College has signed an agreement with author Nora Roberts to create the Nora Roberts Writing Institute at HCC. The first conference will be Aug. 2 and 3. “We are thrilled to be able to form a partnership with Nora Roberts in developing an institute that will help develop and support aspiring writers,” said Guy Altieri, HCC president. Roberts has lent her name to HCC's writing institute to help provide participants with a foundation upon which to build a writing career.
NEWS
May 31, 2011
The Nora Roberts Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., to help advance the study of romance literature. The school also will use the grant to establish an academic minor in romance fiction and to launch an online creative writing course in the subject. In addition, the college plans to use the funds to help build a core American romance library collection, including the complete works of Roberts, as well as to establish an endowed fund to support the collection.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2013
As a child, Erica Bauermeister lived in books.  Even on long car trips, she recalled, she would claim a space in the back of the family station wagon amidst the suitcases, where she would make her own hiding spot and read her way through the miles. Books took her to far off places, introduced her to fascinating people and created magic. “They also taught me that you could make your own magic simply by observing the world very carefully and noticing things other people didn't,” Bauermeister said.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 3, 2013
To an aspiring writer, accomplished authors often are viewed as a symbol of hope, representing what they hope to one day be and the heights they hope to one day reach. Whether their names can be found on a New York Times best-seller list or on the shelf at the local bookstore, Andrea Bowersox said some authors even are thought of as “magicians” for their abilities. “But that makes you afraid to talk to them,” said Bowersox, a wife and mother of two from Waynesboro, Pa., hoping to launch a writing career of her own. However, the authors in attendance for this weekend's Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College were anything but, Bowersox said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | October 22, 2011
Becky Jones had her eye on the horseshoe diamond pin and the sapphire earrings in the jewelry case at the Inn BoonsBoro Saturday night. "Those are my picks," Jones said. But the pieces were part of no ordinary assemblage of sparkle and glitter at the boutique inn owned by world-renowned romance novelist Nora Roberts and Bruce Wilder. The jewelry actually was from Roberts' personal collection and slated to be sold at auction to benefit the Washington County Free Library and ProLiteracy Worldwide, LLC.  "When I looked through (my jewelry)
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | May 25, 2007
After selling more than 294 million copies of her books and being named to Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world, author and Washington County resident Nora Roberts was immortalized Friday in Hagerstown. During a brief ceremony at the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, she was presented with a tiny bobblehead doll in her likeness by Will Smith, general manager of the Hagerstown Suns. "It definitely has some of me in it," said Roberts, an avid baseball fan. "I feel like I've made it now. I feel like I'm the envy of all my writer friends.
NEWS
October 29, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Nora Roberts Foundation has made a five-year pledge to support Renfrew Institute through the institute's "Today's Horizon Fund. " The foundation has made a five-year pledge of $10,000 annually, according to Tracy Holliday, the institute's assistant director. These undesignated funds will help Renfrew maintain daily operations, update technology and insure adequate staffing. Nora Roberts, an author of romance novels, mysteries and popular fiction, lives near Boonsboro.
NEWS
August 6, 2005
Nora Roberts, the Keedysville-area author of romance novels and futuristic police procedurals, says she doesn't rely on inspiration, but on hard work, to craft her stories. See Sunday's Herald-Mail for the full story.âEURº
NEWS
July 29, 1997
From staff and AP reports ORLANDO, Fla. - Keedysville romance novelist Nora Roberts said Tuesday that she intends to protect her novels, in light of an admission by another romance writer that she had plagiarized Roberts' work. "A writer has to take a strong line against plagiarism," said Roberts in a telephone conversation from Orlando, where she was preparing for today's opening of the Romance Writers of America national conference. Rival romance novelist Janet Dailey acknowledged Tuesday that she had plagiarized Roberts' work and blamed a psychological disorder.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | April 29, 2007
BOONSBORO-Guests who check in at the historic Boone Hotel when its conversion to Inn Boonsboro is complete might relax in the flashy style of Dashiell Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles, experience Gothic mystery with Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester or enjoy old-world charm reminiscent of Elizabeth and Darcy. Best-selling author Nora Roberts' dream is to decorate each of the six rooms at the hotel that she and her husband Bruce Wilder are converting to an inn in the style of great romantic fictional couples, including one of her own. The acclaimed novelist and co-owner of the historic Boone Hotel in Boonsboro's Town Square said she plans to reserve one of those rooms for her own couple, futuristic police lieutenant Eve Dallas and her Irish billionaire Roarke, who are featured in the popular "In Death" series she writes under the pseudonym J.D. Robb.
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OPINION
August 27, 2013
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NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 3, 2013
To an aspiring writer, accomplished authors often are viewed as a symbol of hope, representing what they hope to one day be and the heights they hope to one day reach. Whether their names can be found on a New York Times best-seller list or on the shelf at the local bookstore, Andrea Bowersox said some authors even are thought of as “magicians” for their abilities. “But that makes you afraid to talk to them,” said Bowersox, a wife and mother of two from Waynesboro, Pa., hoping to launch a writing career of her own. However, the authors in attendance for this weekend's Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College were anything but, Bowersox said.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2013
As a child, Erica Bauermeister lived in books.  Even on long car trips, she recalled, she would claim a space in the back of the family station wagon amidst the suitcases, where she would make her own hiding spot and read her way through the miles. Books took her to far off places, introduced her to fascinating people and created magic. “They also taught me that you could make your own magic simply by observing the world very carefully and noticing things other people didn't,” Bauermeister said.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
 It's the thrill of the chaste - strong-willed heroines pursued by handsome, chiseled men - that makes romance novels so popular among readers. But as a 14-year-old, Mary Blayney had little interest in hearts and flowers. Instead, she set her sights on becoming a script writer for her favorite television show, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” “You will now know how old I am,” she joked. “Most of your readers have probably never heard of it.” A storyline she developed for the 1960s program was the first thing she ever wrote, Blayney recalled - “It was about a 14-year-old girl who solved a mystery.” It might not have landed her a job, but it did plant a seed of one day becoming a writer.
EDUCATION
June 16, 2013
On May 29, at Boonsboro High School's annual senior awards ceremony, Dan Aufdem-Brinke of the Nora Roberts Foundation announced that Allyson E. Wallace has been named the 2013 Nora Roberts Scholarship recipient. The $30,000 scholarship was set up by New York Times No. 1 best-selling author Nora Roberts, who resides in Boonsboro, to promote literacy and can be used at the recipient's college or university of choice. To be eligible for the scholarship, the recipient must be a student of Boonsboro High School, major in English, journalism, or some form of the literary arts at a college or university, must have a 3.0 grade-point average or better, and must write an original short story of 2,000 to 2,500 words.
EDUCATION
April 6, 2013
As part of the upcoming Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College, HCC will also offer a young writers institute for high school students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade. The young writers institute will be held Aug. 2 and 3, the same weekend as writing institute, and will feature a series of workshops and events geared toward aspiring, young writers. Workshops will include fiction-crafting and publishing, as well as the opportunity to network with other teen writers.
LIFESTYLE
February 27, 2013
The advisory committee for the Nora Roberts Writing Institute at Hagerstown Community College recently held a planning meeting at Dan's Restaurant and Tap House in Boonsboro. Best-selling author Nora Roberts welcomed the group at the beginning of the meeting. The writing conference will be held Aug. 2 and 3 at HCC and will feature keynote speakers Sylvia Day, New York Times best-selling author, and critically acclaimed author Erica Bauermeister. Roberts has lent her name to HCC's writing institute to help provide participants with a solid foundation upon which to build a writing career.
LIFESTYLE
February 18, 2013
1. Lifting their voices in song Friends of the Doleman Black Heritage Museum will present the Bowie State University Gospel Choir Saturday, Feb. 23, at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Doors open at 2 p.m.; concert at 3 p.m. African-American inductees of the Washington County Hall of Fame will be honored. $10 per person. For tickets, call 301-790-3500 or go to www.mdtheatre.org . 2. A collection of authors Valentine's book signing with Nora Roberts will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Turn the Page Bookstore, 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 8, 2012
Hagerstown resident Amanda Rankin said she didn't mind waiting in a long line Saturday afternoon to take a brief tour of the Inn BoonsBoro. The inn is owned by best-selling romance author Nora Roberts, who Rankin said is one of her favorite storytellers. “I haven't heard much other than it's beautiful on the outside,” Rankin said. “I just wanted to see the inside.” The free, 10- to 15-minute tours of the inn were given as part of the annual Holiday in Boonsboro celebration.
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