Annual Writing in Place Conference

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Hub City will host the 16th annual Writing in Place conference on the campus of Wofford College July 14-16, 2017 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.

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2017 Faculty

Keynote & Fiction: Megan Mayhew Bergman

Keynote & Fiction: Megan Mayhew Bergman

Megan Mayhew Bergman is the author of Almost Famous Women and Birds of a Lesser Paradise. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South, McSweeney’s, Tin House, and Oxford American, among other publications. She lives on a small farm in Vermont with her veterinarian husband, two daughters, and many animals.

Poetry: Gary Jackson

Poetry: Gary Jackson

Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. He was featured in “New American Poets” by the Poetry Society of America, and his poems have appeared in Callaloo, Tin House, 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. He’s also published in Shattered: The Asian-American Comics Anthology, and is the recipient of both a Cave Canem and Bread Loaf fellowship. He joined the Department of English at the College of Charleston in 2013.

Creative Nonfiction: Jim Auchmutey

Creative Nonfiction: Jim Auchmutey

Jim Auchmutey spent almost 30 years as a writer and editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in stories about the South and its history and culture. Jim has also written extensively about food. He has co-authored two cookbooks, is a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, and has won awards for his food writing from the James Beard Foundation and the Association of Food Journalists. His first nonfiction narrative book is The Class of '65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness. Jim lives in Atlanta with his wife, Pam, an editor at Emory University.

Fiction: Bryn Chancellor

Fiction: Bryn Chancellor

Bryn Chancellor’s debut novel, Sycamore, is forthcoming from Harper in May 2017. Her story collection When Are You Coming Home? won the 2014 Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and her short fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Phoebe, and elsewhere. Other honors include the Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award in fiction, and literary fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She earned her M.F.A. in fiction from Vanderbilt University and is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A native of California raised in Arizona, she is married to artist Timothy Winkler.

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 (NEW for 2017!)

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.

NOTE: Gary Jackson is SOLD OUT of critique spots as of May 15, 2017.

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:
Susan Rivers, 9 a.m. - Crafting "Then" Into "Now:" Writing Compelling Historical Fiction. Setting a story or novel in the distant past commits a writer to serious research, but more is required than merely replicating fashions and customs. If historical fiction is to be engaging it must create a world for the reader that is compelling and immediate: what happened long ago must read as if it is happening right now. In this workshop, Rivers will share her methods for crafting such a world and will provide writers with exercises to aid them in this process. River is the author of The Second Mrs. Hockaday, a Civil War novel published in 2017 by Algonquin Books.

Miah Jeffra, 9 a.m. - Creative Nonfiction Workshop. Miah is the Summer 2017 Writer in Residence for the Hub CIty Writers Project whose next book is The First Church of What's Happening, forthcoming from Nomadic Press.

Christopher Rhodes, 10:30 a.m. - An Insider's Look at the Industry. Prior to joining The Stuart Agency, Christopher Rhodes was an agent at The James Fitzgerald Agency. Previous to that, he worked at The Carol Mann Agency and in the sales and marketing departments at Simon and Schuster. Specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction, Christopher is actively seeking queries in the following areas: literary and up-market fiction (including thriller and horror); connected stories/essays (humorous and serious); memoir; creative/narrative nonfiction; history; religion; pop culture; and art & design.