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.
This will be my ninth WIP Conference. It's convenient. It's affordable. Speakers and instructors are world class. Why would I go elsewhere?
For additional information regarding local area lodging options please see below.
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 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 $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 email@example.com. Become a member.
Hub City can issue full refunds, minus processing fees, until one week before the conference.
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
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:
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.