Annual Writing in Place Conference

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Hub City will host the 19th annual Writing in Place conference on the campus of Wofford College July 20-22, 2018 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This year's conference will feature lots of new workshops, faculty readings, and more!

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 48 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.

Our conference is held in the Michael S. Brown Village Center on the north side of campus. Overnight guests are housed in the Village apartment housing.

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2018 Faculty

Keynote & Fiction: Michael Farris Smith

Keynote & Fiction: Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith is the author of The Fighter, Desperation Road, Rivers, and The Hands of Strangers. He has been awarded the Mississippi Author Award for Fiction, Transatlantic Review Award, and Brick Streets Press Story Award. His novels have appeared on Best of the Year lists with Esquire, Southern Living, Book Riot, and numerous others, and have been named Indie Next List, Barnes & Noble Discover, and Amazon Best of the Month selections. His essays have appeared with The New York Times, Bitter Southerner, Writer’s Bone, and more. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters.

Poetry: Emily Rosko

Poetry: Emily Rosko

Emily Rosko's newest poetry collection is Weather Inventions (University of Akron Press, 2018). She is the author of two previous award-winning collections: Prop Rockery, (University of Akron Press, 2012), and Raw Goods Inventory (University of Iowa Press, 2006), which also received the 2007 Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers from Shenandoah. Her honors include: the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship fromPoetry magazine, and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her poems have been included in Antioch Review, AGNI, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, New Orleans Review, and Pleiades, and her pedagogical essays on poetic craft have been anthologized in Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook and The Working Poet II. She is the editor of A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line (University of Iowa Press 2011), and poetry editor for Crazyhorse. She is Associate Professor at the College of Charleston and Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Creative Nonfiction: Jessica Handler

Creative Nonfiction: Jessica Handler

Jessica is the author of Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Invisible Sisters: A Memoir which was named one of the “Twenty Five Books All Georgians Should Read” and Atlanta magazine’s “Best Memoir of 2009.” Jessica write essays and nonfiction features that which have appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, Full Grown People, Brevity, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and More Magazine. Learn more at www.jessicahandler.com

Fiction: Xhenet Aliu (SOLD OUT)

Fiction: Xhenet Aliu (SOLD OUT)

Called “extremely funny and mordant” by author Sherman Alexie, Xhenet Aliu’s debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. Her novel, Brass, was published by Random House in January 2018. Aliu’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared or are forthcoming in Glimmer Train, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, Necessary Fiction, American Short Fiction, Lenny, LitHub, Buzzfeed, The New York Times, and elsewhere, and she has received multiple scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, among other awards, including a special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. She holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and an MLIS from the University of Alabama, where she was an ALFA fellow, studying methods of delivering information services to individuals with disabilities. A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, whose brass industry attracted large waves of Eastern European immigrants before the demise of the factories in the 1970s and ’80s, she was born to an Albanian father and a Lithuanian American mother. She now lives in Athens, Georgia, and works as an academic librarian.

This will be my ninth WIP Conference. It's convenient. It's affordable. Speakers and instructors are world class. Why would I go elsewhere?

—Past WIP Attendee

Conference Lodging

For additional information regarding local area lodging options please see below.

Wofford Village

Wofford Village

Lodging is available in a Wofford College dormitory for $35 a night. A short walk from main conference classrooms and event space. Two story apartment style units with four single bedrooms and two bathrooms; you will not have a roommate. Please check the appropriate box if you intend to stay at Wofford. 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. For additional information regarding local area lodging options please see below.

AC Hotel Spartanburg

AC Hotel Spartanburg

225 W Main St Spartanburg, SC 29306 864-585-8900 Approx. 1.1 Miles (6 min drive) to Wofford College

"Nestled in the heart of Spartanburg, this arts-focused AC Hotel blends old with new, emulating a long tradition of urban lodging. Classic masonry combines with custom accents to craft a façade of decorative stone and brick with a barrel tile roof. While echoing the elegance of grand historic hotels, the style emphasizes a simple European-inspired sophistication designed for today"s discerning business and leisure traveler."

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The Inn on Main

The Inn on Main

319 E Main St Spartanburg, SC 29302 864-585-5001 Approx. 1.3 miles (6 min drive) to Wofford College

"Imagine Spartanburg in its heyday of railroads, textile mills, and agricultural boom. Step back to 1904 and experience the charm and nostalgia of an earlier time at the Inn on Main."

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Marriott at Renaissance Park

Marriott at Renaissance Park

299 N Church St, Spartanburg, SC 29306 864-596-1211 Approx. 0.5 Miles (10 min Walk) to Wofford College

"Located in the heart of Spartanburg, this hotel is a 5-minute walk to downtown. Check out Renaissance Park, a beautiful green landscape adjacent to our hotel, and Barnet Park for outdoor concerts and local events. Both Wofford and Converse College are minutes away, and the hotel is just next door to the Chapman Cultural Center, housing Ballet Spartanburg, the History Museum, Nature Center, Art Museum, and Little Theatre."

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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.

For manuscript critiques: after you register, please email ten pages of prose or five poems by June 15 to submit@hubcity.org. Critiques are available in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Discounts

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 $260. This membership also entitles you to 25 percent discount on Hub City Press books and 10 percent on other books. Call us for a discount code on your registration. If you have questions about whether you have made a donation, email betsy@hubcity.org. Become a member.

Hub City can issue full refunds, minus processing fees, until one week before the conference.

Tentative Schedule

Friday
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 1st Writing Class

Saturday
8:00 am Coffee and breakfast
9:00 am Opening session
9:30 am 2nd Writing class
Noon Lunch
1:00 pm Writing time
3:00 pm 3rd writing class
5:30 pm Social hour
6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Keynote address
8:30 pm Open Mic

Sunday
8:00 am Coffee and bagels
9:00 am Concurrent workshops
10:30 Concurrent workshops
Noon Conference ends

Our Sunday workshops this year include:

How to Write a Killer Query Letter - with Sandra Johnson The ability to write killer query letters is crucial for compelling agents and editors to want to see more of your work. Learn how to write one by attending this comprehensive, interactive workshop.

Jennifer Hope Choi Nonfiction Workshop: The Story in the Story: The most evocative creative nonfiction shapes lived experiences into nuanced writing. But how do we create, beyond beautiful language or mere recollection, deeper meaning and resonance on the page? This workshop will examine the "under-story" coursing below surface structure or plot in essay and memoir, and how that layer of tension is essential in shifting personal history into literature — vital in both short and long form nonfiction.

Lindsay Turner Love Calls Us to the Things of This World: Writing the Real Poetry is a place to explore emotions and identities and to reach extraordinary or even supernatural heights. But poetry is also grounded in “the things of this world,” as poets such as Inger Christensen, Ross Gay, Frank O’Hara, Gertrude Stein, and many more remind us. This poetry workshop will explore what happens when we focus the full intensity of our poetic attention on the ordinary, everyday world around us.