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!

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 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.

2018 Faculty

Faculty announcements coming soon!

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

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 & Agent Critiques

For a $50 fee you will get a thirty-minute private session with one of our faculty members. You can also choose to meet with our Agent-In-Residence who will critique your query letter or book proposal.

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

For agent critiques: after you register, please email query letter or nonfiction book proposal by June 15 to If sending a query letter for fiction, please include the first 5 pages of the work.


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. If you have questions about whether you have made a donation, email Become a member.

Hub City can issue full refunds, minus processing fees, through June 23. From June 23 until July 7, we can issue half refunds. After July 5, we cannot issue refunds.

Tentative Schedule

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

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

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

Our Sunday workshops this year include: