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Writing In Place Conference 2020

Hub City Writers Project

Friday, July 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

Writing In Place Conference 2020

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Basic Registration Jun 14, 2020 $275.00 $14.93
Basic Registration + Dorm Jun 5, 2020 $345.00 $18.48
Basic Registration + Critique Jun 5, 2020 $325.00 $17.46
Basic Registration + Dorm + Critique Jun 5, 2020 $395.00 $20.04

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Hub City will host the 20th annual Writing in Place conference on the campus of Wofford College July 10-12, 2020 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 21 to Critiques are available in fiction and poetry. (Please note, Cinelle Barnes is unable to give manuscript critiques for her nonfiction class.)

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.

2020 Faculty

Keynote: Kent Wasom--Kent Wascom was born in New Orleans and raised in Pensacola, Florida. Wascom’s first novel, The Blood of Heaven, was named a best book of the year by the Washington Post and NPR. It was a semifinalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan Award for First Fiction. Wascom was awarded the 2012 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Prize for Fiction and selected as one of Gambit‘s 40 Under 40. He lives in Louisiana, where he teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Faculty Poet: Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello--Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox (University of Pittsburgh, 2016), which won the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Florida Book Awards bronze medal, and was a finalist for the 2017 Milt Kessler Award; and the chapbook Last Train to the Midnight Market (Finishing Line Press, 2013). She was the co-founding editor for Print-Oriented Bastards (2011 - 2017) and producer for The Working Poet Radio Show (2015 - 2017). She currently serves as a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair, poetry editor for Hyphen Magazine, and is on the advisory board for the Sundress Academy for the Arts.

Faculty Fiction Writer: Lee Matalone--Lee Matalone's debut novel, HOME MAKING is forthcoming from Harper Perennial (Winter 2020). She writes about death and loss for The Rumpus. Her fiction has been featured in The Offing, Denver Quarterly Review, Hobart, Joyland, Jellyfish Review, Nat. Brut, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, crag, Bridge Eight, the Austin Review, and Cosmonauts Avenue. Her essays and reporting have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the National, and Flavorwire, among others. She has been a contributor to the Tin House, Bread Loaf, and Sewanee writers conferences, and has been awarded residencies at the Arctic Circle program, Pocoapoco and Art Farm.

Faculty Non-Fiction Writer: Cinelle Barnes--Cinelle Barnes is a memoirist, essayist, and educator from Manila, Philippines, and is the author of MONSOON MANSION: A MEMOIR (Little A, 2018) and MALAYA: ESSAYS ON FREEDOM (Little A, 2019), and the editor of a forthcoming anthology of essays about the American South (Hub City Press, 2020). Her work has received fellowships and grants from VONA, Kundiman, the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund, and the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant. Barnes was a WILLA: Women Writing the American West Awards screener and a 2018-19 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards juror, and is the 2018-19 writer-in-residence at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC, where she and her family live.

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.


Have questions about Writing In Place Conference 2020? Contact Hub City Writers Project

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Wofford College
429 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Friday, July 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM - Sunday, July 12, 2020 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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