Annual Writing in Place Conference

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Hub City will host the 20th Annual Writing in Place conference on the campus of Wofford College July 19-21, 2019 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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2019 Faculty

Keynote & Fiction: Therese Ann Fowler

Keynote & Fiction: Therese Ann Fowler

Therese Anne Fowler is the New York Times bestselling author of A Well-Behaved Woman and Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, and has a new novel forthcoming in early 2020. Her work is available in numerous languages worldwide. Z has been adapted as an original television series for Amazon Studios, starring Christina Ricci. A Well-Behaved Woman is in development with Sony Pictures Television. Therese earned a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and an MFA in creative writing, both from NC State University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and PEN America, she lives in Raleigh, NC, with her husband, author John Kessel.

Poetry: Nickole Brown

Poetry: Nickole Brown

Nickole Brown is the author of Sister, first published in 2007 with a new edition reissued by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2018. Her second book, Fanny Says, came out from BOA Editions and won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry in 2015. She is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Poetry Series and teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program, the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA, and the Hindman Settlement School. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, NC, where she volunteers at a four different animal sanctuaries. Currently, she’s at work on a bestiary of sorts about these animals, but it won’t consist of the kind of pastorals that always made her (and most of the working-class folks she knows) feel shut out of nature and the writing about it—these poems speak in a queer, Southern-trash-talking kind of way about nature beautiful, damaged, dangerous, and in desperate need of saving. A chapbook of these poems called To Those Who Were Our First Gods recently won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize.

Creative Nonfiction: Tessa Fontaine

Creative Nonfiction: Tessa Fontaine

Tessa Fontaine is the author of The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, a New York Times Editor's pick, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, an Amazon Editors' Best of the Month featured debut & Amazon Best Books of 2018 (so far), an iBooks favorite, and more. Tessa spent the 2013 season performing with the last American traveling circus sideshow, the World of Wonders. Essays about the sideshow won the 2016 AWP Intro Award in Nonfiction, and have appeared in The Rumpus, Hayden's Ferry Review, Autre, and elsewhere. Other work can be found in Glamour, The Believer, LitHub, FSG's Works in Progress, Creative Nonfiction, The Normal School, Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, New Orleans Review, [PANK], Brevity, and more.

Fiction: Emily Pease

Fiction: Emily Pease

Emily W. Pease is the author of Let Me Out Here, out from Hub City Press in March 2019. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in English and a concentration in journalism. She went on to receive an MA from Virginia Tech and an MFA in Writing from Warren Wilson College. Her stories have appeared in The Missouri Review, The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Crazyhorse, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Narrative, and Witness. After teaching for many years at the College of William & Mary, she now teaches writing to veterans through the Armed Services Arts Partnership, where she also serves as a member of their arts council. She is currently beginning a novel about logging the last forests of West Virginia. She lives in Williamsburg, VA.

Sunday Session: Jessica Jacobs

Sunday Session: Jessica Jacobs

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Pelvis with Distance, winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry, an Over the Rainbow selection by the American Library Association, and a finalist for the Lambda Literary and Julie Suk Awards. Her chapbook In Whatever Light Left to Us was published by Sibling Rivalry Press and her second full-length collection Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2019. Jacobs holds an M.F.A. from Purdue University, where she served as the Editor-in-Chief of Sycamore Review, and a B.A. from Smith College. Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including Orion, New England Review, The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Guernica. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock climbing instructor, bartender, and professor, and is now the Associate Editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal.

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