Writing in Place conference
Hub City will host the 13th annual Writing in Place conference on the campus of Wofford College July 12-14, 2013. This year's conference will feature a keynote address by bestselling novelist Wiley Cash, lots of new workshops, happy hour at the Hub City Bookshop, faculty readings, and more! Registration is now open.
Published novelists, poets, essayists, and literary critics lead a series of workshops over three days that include intense instruction, challenging exercises, and an opportunity for feedback. Registrants must sign up for one genre: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Our instructors will expect you to write during this conference, and we have planned a weekend with "downtime" for that purpose. We also want you to have time for networking with faculty and new friends. This conference is open to 60 adult writers and sells out every year, so register early. This conference is geared toward starting a new piece of work rather than workshopping something you have already written.
Wiley is the author of A Land More Kind Than Home, a New York Times Notable Book of 2012, and a novel listed among the best of the year by Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal. A resident of West Virginia, Wiley teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. Visit his website
A resident of Charlotte, Judy is the author of the new memoir Losing My Sister (John F. Blair, 2012) as well as two novels published by William Morrow. Her new book is the story of losing her sister first to family conflict, and later to cancer. She has written for The Washington Post, won major poetry prizes, and received the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for fiction. Visit her website
Susan Laughter Meyers, of Summerville, is the author of My Dear, Dear Stagger Grass (forthcoming), winner of the Cider Press Review Editor’s Prize. Keep and Give Away (USC Press, 2006) received the SC Poetry Book Prize. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. She has recently been awarded the 2013 Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship by the SC Academy of Authors. Visit her website
Jim Minick is the author of The Blueberry Years, A Memoir of Farm and Family, and winner of the SIBA Best Nonfiction Book of the Year Award. Minick has also written a collection of essays, Finding a Clear Path and two books of poetry. He teaches writing and literature at Radford University and lives in the mountains of Virginia. Visit his website
Susan is the author of the forthcoming novel In the Garden of Stone, winner of the South Carolina First Novel Prize, as selected by Josephine Humphreys. Her nonfiction, short stories, and essays have appeared in journals such as The Georgia Review and Shenandoah. Her story collection, My Mother's War Stories, received the 2004 Winnow Press fiction prize, and another collection, Savage Pilgrims was published in 2009. She teaches writing at Converse College. Visit her website
Lodging is available in a Wofford College dormitory for $35 a night. These are single rooms, and you will not have a roommate. Please check the appropriate box if you intend to stay at Wofford. Other hotels in the area include the Marriott at Renaissance Park (864-596-1211), the Inn on Main (864-585-5001), and the Fairfield (864-542-0333). PLEASE NOTE: The Wofford dorm rooms are spartan, and the beds are four feet off the floor. If you have difficulty reaching a bed that high, please consider a motel room.
What to Bring
For your comfort, please bring a sweater or jacket. Classrooms can sometimes be chilly. Bring a notebook and writing instrument. You may also bring a laptop. If you want to take part in the open mic, bring a short piece of your work to read. Overnighters should bring a pillow and blanket for a single bed. Sheets and towels are provided.
About Manuscript Critiques
For a $50 fee you will get a thirty-minute private session with one of our faculty members. After you register, please send ten pages of prose or five poems by June 15 to HCWP, 186 W Main St. Spartanburg SC 29306 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Critiques are available in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
If you have joined the Hub City Writers Project as a member at the $30 level or higher, tuition to the conference is reduced to $225. This membership also entitles you to 25 percent discount on Hub City Press books. If you have questions about whether you have made a donation, email email@example.com. The "Become a Member" button is at the bottom of this page.
- 5:00 pm Registration for people staying in dorms
- 5:30 pm General registration
- 6:00 pm Dinner
- 6:30 pm Faculty readings and Q&A
- 7:45 pm Writing classes
- 8:00 am Coffee and danish
- 9:00 am Opening session
- 9:30 am Writing class
- Noon Lunch
- 1:00 pm Writing time
- 3:00 pm Writing class
- 5:30 pm Social hour at the Hub City Bookshop
- 6:30 pm Dinner
- 7:30 pm Keynote address
- 8:30 pm Open Mic
- 8:00 am Coffee and danish.
- 9:00 am Concurrent workshops
- 10:30 Concurrent workshops
- Noon Conference ends
Past Instructors and keynote speakers for our conference have included: Robert Morgan, Ruta Sepetys, Elizabeth Berg, Jill McCorkle, John Lane, Sebastian Matthews, Glenis Redmond, Ron Stodghill, Ashley Warlick, Charles Everitt, Tommy Hays, Fred Chappell, George Singleton, Elizabeth Cox, Ron Rash, Nikky Finney, Janisse Ray, Rebecca McClanahan, Claire Bateman, Dot Jackson, Rick Mulkey, Frye Gaillard, Ruth Moose, Rosa Shand, Cathy Smith Bowers, Deno Trakas, Tom McConnell, Ruta Sepetys, Ray McManus, Anna Jean Mayhew, Philip Gerard, Neil White, and many others.
Our conference is supported in part by funding from South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.