Arcadia University Hosts Philadelphia Writers Conference Forum, Feb. 24

Guest Lecture By Actor and Film and Video Producer Keith Strunk

Glenside, PA.—Friday, Jan. 27, 2012—Arcadia University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in collaboration with the Philadelphia Writers Conference Free Forum Series, hosts  “Turn the Actor’s Craft into a Writer’s Tool,” a discussion lead by Keith Strunk on Friday, Feb. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Rose Room of Grey Towers Castle. The event is free and open to the public. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.

Strunk will discuss the relationship between the actor’s and writer’s craft and the impact it has on character development and dialog. “In Hamlet’s advice to the players, he said, ‘suit the world to the action, the action to the word.’ That’s good advice for writers too,” says Strunk. “Actors spend a lifetime fine tuning their craft in order to translate words into behavior. The lessons learned from such an experience have much to for the writer who translates behavior into words.”

The Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, Inc. is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1949 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1980. As a nonprofit organization its purpose is to bring writers together for instruction, counsel, fellowship and the exchange of ideas. For more information, e-mail

Strunk earned a BA in English from Ursinus College and a MFA in Acting from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts Professional Training Program. He is an actor, teacher and author, film and video producer, and has appeared in commercials, independent films, and on stage. Strunk co-founded River Union Stage with Laura Swanson in 2002, and is a partner in Interlude Group, LLC, a corporate training company. He is author of Prallsville Mills and Stockton from Arcadia Publishing and a member of the Philly Liars Club with a short story appearing in the recently released anthology LIAR LIAR.

Arcadia University’s low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing is the only one of its kind in the Philadelphia area, and is distinctive in that it incorporates both a dynamic online environment and a study abroad experience. The course emphasizes online workshops; personal attention from faculty; studying abroad, with a residency in Edinburgh, Scotland; and the preparation of both a book-length manuscript and a plan to publish it. The program is led by Joshua Isard, Director MFA in Creative Writing program.

Arcadia’s experienced and award-winning faculty help to prepare each student for a career in writing and in teaching the craft at the college level. Because this is a low-residency program and students take between six and nine credits each term, each participant is able to develop much of his or her own schedule and maintain a full-time professional life outside school.

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2011 Open Doors report names Arcadia University a top leader in undergraduate students studying abroad. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top regional universities in the North and as one of the top study abroad programs. U.S. News also ranks Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program 7th in the nation. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. (