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Writing In Place Conference 2018

Hub City Writers Project

Friday, July 20, 2018 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

Writing In Place Conference 2018

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Basic Registration Jul 13, 2018 $275.00 $14.93
Basic Registration + Dorm Jul 13, 2018 $345.00 $18.48
Basic Registration + Critique Jul 13, 2018 $325.00 $17.46
Basic Registration + Dorm + Critique Jul 13, 2018 $395.00 $20.04

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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.

Members of the Hub City Writers Project are eligible for a discounted rate. Please give us a call at 864.577.9349 and we'll be happy to check your membership status and give you a discount code.


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 Critiques are available in fiction and creative nonfiction.

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. See photos of past conferences here.


2018 Faculty

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: Sean Hill
Born and raised in Milledgeville, Georgia, Sean Hill is the author of Dangerous Goods, awarded the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, (Milkweed Editions, 2014) and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, named one of the Ten Books All Georgians Should Read in 2015 by the Georgia Center for the Book, (UGA Press, 2008). He’s received numerous awards including fellowships from Cave Canem, the Region 2 Arts Council, the Bush Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, The Jerome Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, the University of Wisconsin, and a Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. Most recently, he received a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Harvard Review, The Oxford American, Poetry, Tin House, and numerous other journals, and in several anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles. Hill is a consulting editor at Broadsided Press, a monthly broadside publisher.
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
Fiction: Xhenet Aliu
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.
Sunday Session: Sandra E. Johnson
Sandra E. Johnson is an award-winning author, accomplished writing instructor, and experienced freelance editor. Her publishing credits include the nonfiction book Standing on Holy Ground: A Triumph over Hate Crime in the Deep South (St. Martin’s Press) that won glowing reviews from O: The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, and Southern Living. Her novel Flowers for the Living (Texas Review Press) earned a nomination for a PEN/Faulkner Award, and when her self-help book Body-Mind Peace Journal: Daily Prompts for Mindful Living (Sterling Publishing) is released in January, it will be featured in Barnes and Noble’s 2019 A New You campaign. Through her editorial business, Sandra Johnson Literary Services, Sandra provides expert guidance to assist both fiction and nonfiction writers prepare their books for success in the publishing industry. USA Today bestselling author Blaire Edens attests, “Sandra is an outstanding editor and I trust her implicitly with my work.” For more information about Sandra, please visit her author website at and her editorial website at

Don't know if you're a member? Feel free to give us a call at 864.577.9349 and we'll be happy to check for you.


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Wofford College
429 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Friday, July 20, 2018 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Hub City Writers Project

The Hub City Writers Project is a nonprofit organization in Spartanburg, South Carolina, dedicated to cultivating readers and nurturing writers through its independent small press, community bookstore, and diverse literary programming.

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