Annual Writing in Place Conference

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Hub City will host the 16th annual Writing in Place conference on the campus of Wofford College July 8-10, 2016 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This year's conference will feature lots of new workshops, faculty readings, and more!

Registration is now open.

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.

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2016 Faculty

Keynote & Fiction: Joshilyn Jackson

Keynote & Fiction: Joshilyn Jackson

New York Times Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is the author of seven novels including Someone Else’s Love Story, gods in Alabama, and most recently, The Opposite of Everyone. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, four times been a #1 Book Sense Pick, twice won Georgia Author of the Year, and three times been shortlisted for the Townsend prize.

Poetry: Kate Daniels

Poetry: Kate Daniels

Kate Daniels is the author of four books of poems, including most recently, It's A Walk in Victoria's Secret, published by LSU Press. She has edited Muriel Rukeyser's selected poems, a volume of essays on Robert Bly, and an anthology of poems about Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. Daniels is Director of Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has an MFA from Columbia University.

Creative Nonfiction: Harrison Scott Key

Creative Nonfiction: Harrison Scott Key

Harrison Scott Key is the author of The World's Largest Man: A Memoir (HarperCollins) and a contributing editor for Oxford American magazine. His nonfiction and humor have also appeared in The New York Times, Outside, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Best American Travel Writing, Salon, Reader's Digest, Image, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere. He teaches writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Fiction: Kim Church

Fiction: Kim Church

Kim Church is the author of Byrd, winner of the Crook’s Corner Book Prize for best debut novel set in the South. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction Forward, Shenandoah, Painted Bride Quarterly, the Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband, artist Anthony Ulinski, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Agent: Christopher Rhodes

Agent: Christopher Rhodes

Christopher Rhodes is a literary agent with The Stuart Agency in NYC who specializes in literary fiction and nonfiction. Christopher is actively seeking queries in the following areas: literary fiction (including thriller and horror); connected stories/essays (humorous and serious); memoir; creative/narrative nonfiction; history; religion; pop culture; and art & design. Before joining The Stuart Agency, Christopher was an agent at The James Fitzgerald Agency and before that he worked at The Carol Mann Agency and in the sales and marketing departments at Simon and Schuster.

This will be my ninth WIP Conference. It's convenient. It's affordable. Speakers and instructors are world class. Why would I go elsewhere?

—Past WIP Attendee

Conference Lodging

Lodging is available in a Wofford College dormitory for $35 a night. These are single rooms, and you will not have a roommate. Please check the appropriate box if you intend to stay at Wofford. Other hotels in the area include the Marriott at Renaissance Park (864-596-1211), the Inn on Main (864-585-5001), and the Fairfield (864-542-0333). PLEASE NOTE: The Wofford dorm rooms are spartan, and the beds are four feet off the floor. If you have difficulty reaching a bed that high, please consider a motel room.

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 & Agent Critiques (NEW for 2016!)

For a $50 fee you will get a thirty-minute private session with one of our faculty members. You can also choose to meet with our Agent-In-Residence who will critique your query letter or book proposal.

For manuscript critiques: after you register, please email ten pages of prose or five poems by June 10 to Critiques are available in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

For agent critiques: after you register, please email query letter or nonfiction book proposal by June 10 to If sending a query letter for fiction, please include the first 5 pages of the work.


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 $250. This membership also entitles you to 25 percent discount on Hub City Press books and 10 percent on other books. If you have questions about whether you have made a donation, email Become a member.

Hub City can issue full refunds, minus processing fees, through June 20. From June 20 until July 5, we can issue half refunds. After July 5, we cannot issue refunds.

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

Our Sunday workshops this year include:
Mark Beaver - Working with Memoir
D. Gilson - Poetry and Poetics
Christopher Rhodes - An Insider's Look at the Industry