Wesleyan Writers Conference

Anne Greene
Director
860-685-3604
agreene@wesleyan.edu

Wesleyan Writers Conference Address:
Downey House
294 High Street, Room 207
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT 06459

 
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CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Daily Seminars

Seminars are led by award-winning writers who are also generous teachers. Each member of the conference faculty leads a daily seminar, usually including a short lecture, discussion, and (optional) writing exercises. You are welcome to attend as many of these sessions as you like. We suggest that you attend one seminar regularly and visit several of the others.  

Manuscript Consultations and Informal Conferences

Request a manuscript consultation when you register. During the course of the conference, a faculty member or teaching fellow will meet with you privately to discuss your work. Teaching fellows are also available to meet with you informally. Please mail your manuscript by June 1.

Time for Writing

Some people attend every event; others reserve part of each day for writing. Arrange your day in the way that suits you best. You will find quiet work spaces in the dorms and libraries and rolling lawns across the campus.

Guest Speakers

Speakers will talk about the writer's craft and, during the publishing panel, about the process of getting your work into print. See the schedule below. Also see the Faculty and Speakers page.  

Wesleyan Writers Conference

2018 Daily Schedule 

We encourage all Conference participants to meet in the dining room at meal times. You are welcome to bring your own food and wine.

Wednesday, June 13

 

 

4:00 - 10:00 PM

Boarding students check in at Fauver Suites (at the corner of Church St. and Vine St.) to receive info packets and room keys.

(No meal will be served on Wednesday night)

If you arrive after 10 pm, please go to Wesleyan’s Office of Public Safety, 208 High Street. Your keys and registration packets will be left there. Please ask an officer to escort you to your dorm room at Fauver Suites.

Contacts:

  - Office of Public Safety: 860-685-2345.

  - Conference director: Anne Greene                          agreene@wesleyan.edu  -  860-614-6757.

 

Thursday, June 14

7:45 - 8:30  AM

8:00  AM

8:30  AM

 

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan Center 3rd floor

Day student check-in; light breakfast for all conference participants. Director’s welcome; introduction of Faculty and Fellows

Keynote remarks by novelist Amy Bloom

9:45 – 10:45 AM

 

Poetry

Honor Moore

11 – 12 PM

Literary Journalism and Memoir

Lis Harris

 

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Lunch

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan Center 3rd floor

1:30 - 2:45 PM

Novel and Short Story

Salvatore Scibona

 

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Memoir and Journalism

Peter Godwin

 

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Wine Reception/Social Hour for all conference participants

Terrace outside Daniel Family Commons, Usdan Center 3rd floor

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Dinner

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan Center 3rd floor

7:30 -9:00PM

Fiction Reading - Tiphanie Yanique

Poetry Reading - Honor Moore 

 

9:00PM

Time to write, make friends, or explore Middletown

  

Friday, June 15

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan Center 3rd floor

9:00 - 10:15 AM

Poetry

Honor Moore

 

10:30 - 11:45 PM

Literary Journalism and Memoir

Lis Harris

 

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan Center 3rd floor

1:30 - 2:45 PM

Novel and Short Story

Salvatore Scibona

 

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Literary Life in the Digital Age

Paul Morris, Libby Flores & Lisa Weinert

 

4:30 - 5:30

Writing About Science and Medicine

Stephanie Mohr

 

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Dinner: Barbecue

Daniel Family Commons Terrace, Usdan Center 3rd floor

8:00 PM

Faculty and Fellows Readings

 

 

 

Saturday, June 16 ~ One-Day Festival

8:00 - 9:00 AM

                 One-day participants check-in

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan Center 3rd floor

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan Center 3rd floor

9:00 - 10:15 AM

Poetry

Honor Moore 

10:30 - 11:45 AM

Literary Journalism and Memoir

Lis Harris

12:00 – 1:00PM

Lunch

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan Center 3rd floor

1:10 - 2:00 PM

 

Novel and Short Story

Salvatore Scibona

2:30 – 3:30 PM

Shaping Narratives: Show Don't Tell?

Steve Almond

4:30 - 5:30PM

Navigating Publishing Options

Lisa Weinert and other

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Dinner

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan Center 3rd floor

  [Director's dinner - By Invitation - Usdan 110]

7:30 - 9:00 PM

Reading by Nicholson Baker

9:00 PM -

Readings by Conference participants and Celebration
Fauver Suites dorm lobby

                                                       

Sunday, June 17

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan Center 3rd floor

9:00 - 10:15 AM

Poetry

Honor Moore

10:30 - 11:45 PM

Literary Journalism and Memoir

Lis Harris

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Lunch

Daniel Family Commons, Usdan Center 3rd floor

1:30 PM-4:30 PM

No fiction class or other events scheduled 

Conclusion of program

Checkout time: The University asks that all participants move out of Fauver Suites by 4:30 pm.

Please return your room key and white card to the registration table in Fauver Lobby.