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

Faculty Members and 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.

A faculty member or teaching fellow will meet with you privately to discuss your work.  

During the week teaching fellows are also available to meet with you.

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 Faculty and Guest Speakers page. 

2018 schedule coming soon (see below for last year's schedule)

Most events will be held in the following three campus buildings: 

Usdan University Center  ·  41 Wyllys Ave  ·  Allbritton Center

You will find these indicated on the campus map.

Note: Your (optional) manuscript consultation will be scheduled by your faculty reader.

Wesleyan Writers Conference 2017 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 14

 

 

4:00 - 10:00 PM

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

(No meal will be served on Wednesday night)

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

Office of Public Safety: 860-685-2345.

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

 

Thursday, June 15

7:45 - 8:30 AM

8:00  AM

8:30  AM

 

Mink Dining Room, Usdan Center 2nd 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 in Mink Dining Room

Usdan Center 2nd floor

1:30 - 2:45 PM

Novel and Short Story

Salvatore Scibona

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Young Adult Fiction

Sarah Moon

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Wine Reception/ Social Hour for all conference participants

Terrace outside Mink Dining Hall, Usdan Center 2nd floor

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Dinner

Mink Dining Room, Usdan Center 2nd floor

8:00 PM-9:15 PM

Faculty and Fellow Readings: Honor Moore, Lucas Mann

9:30PM-

Time to write, make friends, or explore Middletown

  

Friday, June 16

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Mink Dining Room, Usdan Center 2nd floor

9:00 - 10:15 AM

Poetry

Honor Moore

Usdan 110

10:30 - 11:45 PM

Literary Journalism and Memoir

Lis Harris

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch

Mink Dining Hall, Usdan 2nd floor

1:30 - 2:45 PM

Novel and Short Story

Salvatore Scibona

3:00 -

Writing about Science and Medicine

Joseph J. Fins, MD

4:30 PM -

Literary Life in the Digital Age

Rob Spillman, Elissa Schappell, Isaac Fitzgerald

Moderator: Lisa Weinert

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Dinner: Barbecue

Usdan Center ground floor patio (rain site – Usdan 2nd floor)

[Anne’s dinner honoring Faculty and Fellows   - Usdan 110]

8:00 PM-

Faculty and Fellow Reading

 

 

Saturday, June 17 ~ One-Day Festival

8:00 - 9:00 AM

                              One-day participants check-in

Mink Dining Room, Usdan Center 2nd floor

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Usdan Center 3rd floor, Daniel Family Commons

9:00 - 10:15 AM

Poetry - Honor Moore

 

10:30 - 11:45 AM

Literary Journalism and Memoir

Lis Harris

12:00 – 1:00PM

Lunch

Mink Dining Room, Usdan Center 2nd floor

1:10 - 2:00 PM

 

 

Novel and Short Story

Salvatore Scibona

2:30 – 4:00 PM

Shaping Narratives

Rivka Galchen, Steve Almond

4:30 - 5:30PM

Navigating Publishing Options: Beyond Traditional Publishing

Nadxieli Nieto, Toni Robino, Kate Lee

Moderator: Lisa Weinert

 

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Dinner

Mink Dining Room, Usdan Center 2nd floor

7:30 - 9:00 PM

Faculty and Fellow Reading: Salvatore Scibona and Eleanor Stanford

9:00 PM -

Readings by Conference participants and Celebration
Fauver Suites dorm lobby

                                                       

Sunday, June 18

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

Mink Dining Room, Usdan Center 2nd 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

Mink Dining Romm, Usdan Center 2nd floor

1:30 - 2:45 PM

Novel and Short Story

Salvatore Scibona

3:00 PM-4:30 PM

No 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.