Annual Writing in Place Conference

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.

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 linens (sheets, pillow, blanket, towels). 

About Manuscript Critiques

For a $50 fee you will get a thirty-minute private session with one of our faculty members.

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.


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 Donate to become a member.

Hub City can issue full refunds, minus processing fees, until one week before the conference.

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


2020 Faculty - To Be Announced













Conference Lodging

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 but will share the quad with other participants. There is a full kitchen including a fridge, but no kitchen supplies. (All your meals are provided at the conference.) Please check the appropriate box at registration if you intend to stay at Wofford. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Wofford dorm rooms are spartan. You will be required to provide your own linens (sheets, blanket, towel, etc). The room temperature is set at 68 degree. The beds are four feet off the floor. If you have difficulty reaching a bed that high, please consider a hotel room.

Marriott Conference Hotel

299 N Church St, Spartanburg, SC 29306 
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. This is the closest hotel to the conference classrooms. CLICK TO RESERVE

AC Hotel Spartanburg

225 W Main St Spartanburg, SC 29306 
Approx. 1.1 Miles (6 min drive) to Wofford College
The arts-focused AC Hotel is at the center of downtown Spartanburg, steps from the Hub City Bookshop, and about a six minute drive to the Wofford Conference facilities. LINK TO RESERVE

The Inn on Main

319 E Main St Spartanburg, SC 29302 
Approx. 1.3 miles (6 min drive) to Wofford College
Step back to 1904 and experience the charm and nostalgia of an earlier time at the Inn on Main, just outside downtown and a 5 minute drive to the conference classrooms.


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