Annual Writing in Place Conference


Hub City will host the 20th Annual Writing in Place conference virtually via Zoom from July 16-18, 2021 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.

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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.



2020 Faculty

Keynote - Kent Wascom

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.

Fiction - 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.


Poetry - 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.



Nonfiction - Cinelle Barnes

Cinelle Barnes is a memoirist, essayist, and educator from Manila, Philippines, and is the author of Monsoon Manshion: A Memoir and Malaya: Essays on Freedom, and the editor of A Measure of Belonging, a forthcoming anthology of essays about the American South. 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.


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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