The Summer Intensive Workshop

Hub City Writers Project is thrilled to host a new program, the Intensive Workshop, for the first time in 2024, on the weekend of August 2-4, at the AC Marriott in downtown Spartanburg, SC.

The Hub City Winter Intensive is a brand-new program that consists of a weekend of dedicated fiction workshops with limited participants (10-12 per class). It is geared toward experienced writers who are working on a book-length project and will benefit from a dedicated workshop environment. Applicants must be 21+ years old.

Our inaugural Intensive Workshop leader will be acclaimed writer Garrard Conley. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Boy Erased and the new novel All the World Beside.

Cost of Attendance

Tuition: $1000
Room and Board: $418 (includes hotel room, with two breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner)

How to Apply

Apply for a $15 fee at

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Projected Workshop Schedule

The Intensive starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, August 2, and wraps up at 1 p.m. on Sunday the 4th. A short class on Friday night will give time for introductions and icebreakers. Two 3-hour class blocks on Saturday will be time for workshopping the cohort's work. Garrard Conley and Halle Hill will read at our downtown Bookshop here in Spartanburg on the evening of the 13th, with a reception to follow.

On Sunday morning, Halle Hill will offer a craft capsule workshop from 9:30-11 a.m. that will explore strategies for writing body-centered pieces, as well practical ideas of where to center body writing in current work.

From 11-12pm, Hub City Press staff will host a drop-in session on preparing a book for submission to agents and publishers and answer questions about the publishing process.


Workshop Leader (Summer 2024)

Garrard Conley is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Boy Erased, as well as the creator and co-producer of the podcast UnErased: The History of Conversion Therapy in America. His work has been published by The New York TimesOxford American, Time, and Virginia Quarterly Review, among others. Conley is a graduate of Brooklyn College’s MFA program, where he was a Truman Capote Fellow specializing in fiction. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Kennesaw State University.

Sunday Craft Workshop

Halle Hill is the author of GOOD WOMEN (Hub City Press), which was named a 2023 Best Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews, O Magazine, Electric Literature, Book Riot and Southwest Review. She is the winner of the 2020 Crystal Wilkinson Creative Writing Prize and the 2020 Oxford American Debut Fiction Prize. Her short stories have been translated into French and published in Joyland, New Limestone Review, Ursa Short Fiction and The Oxford American, among others. A born and raised East Tennessean, she currently lives, works and teaches in North Carolina.




Workshop Lodging

The AC Marriott Spartanburg is a 10-story hotel in downtown Spartanburg SC. Guestrooms showcase modern design and include free WiFi, wide-screen TVs, and a mini-fridge. Amenities include an outdoor pool and business center. On the walls throughout the hotel, you'll find a significant collection of works by leading artists associated with the legendary Black Mountain College. 

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