Wesleyan Writers Conference

Please scroll to the bottom to see this year's daily schedule.   

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

To register for a manuscript consultation, please click here.

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. 

An Overview of the 2014 Daily 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.

Overview of Classes and Events

  •  8:00 - 9:00 am - Breakfast
  •  9:00 - 10:15 am - Poetry
  • 10:30 - 11:45 am - choice of - Novel and Short Story
                            - or - Literary Journalism and Memoir
  • 12:00 - 1:15 pm - Lunch
  • 1:30 - 2:45 pm - Novel and Short Story
  • 3:30 - 4:45 pm - Guest Speakers (see schedule below)
  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm - Craft Workshops
  • 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Dinner
  • 8:00 - 9:30 pm - Guest Speakers (see schedule below)
  • 9:30 -             - Readings

Day-by-Day schedule  

Thursday, June 12

8:00 - 9:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15 am - Poetry, Michael Dumanis

10:30 - 11:45 am - choice of - Novel and Short Story - Salvatore Scibona
                        - or - Literary Journalism and Memoir - Lis Harris

12:00 - 1:15 pm - Lunch

1:30 - 2:45 pm - Novel and Short Story - Roxana Robinson

3:30 pm  The Future of Publishing: editors, media experts, and consultants, Lisa Weinert, Paul Morris, Aziz Isham

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Craft Talks

6:00 - 7:30 pm Dinner

8:00 pm  Faculty Readings: novelist Roxana Robinson, literary journalist Lis Harris

9:30 pm Fellows' Readings

Friday, June 13

8:00 - 9:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15 am - Poetry, Michael Dumanis

10:30 - 11:45 am - choice of - Novel and Short Story - Salvatore Scibona
                        - or - Literary Journalism and Memoir - Lis Harris

12:00 - 1:15 pm - Lunch

12:30 pm    The American Way of Eating: writing about food - Journalist Tracie McMillan

1:30 - 2:45 pm - Novel and Short Story - Roxana Robinson

3:30 pm  How to Publish Your Book: Editors Pamela Dorman, Patricia Mulcahy and literary agent Stuart Krichevsky

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Craft Talks

6:00 - 7:30 pm Dinner

8:00 pm  Faculty Readings: fiction writer Salvatore Scibona, poet Michael Dumanis

9:30 pm  Fellows' Readings
 

Saturday, June 14:  One-day participants will be joining us

8:00 - 9:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15 am - Poetry, Michael Dumanis

10:30 - 11:45 am - choice of - Novel and Short Story - Salvatore Scibona
                        - or - Literary Journalism and Memoir - Lis Harris

12:00 - 1:15 pm - Lunch

1:30 - 2:45 pm - Novel and Short Story - Roxana Robinson

3:00 pm  Writing about Social and Political Issues: journalist William Finnegan

4:30 pm  Publishing and What Indie Publishers Have to Offer: Johnny Temple, publisher and editor, Akashic Press

6:00 - 7:30 pm Dinner

8:00 pm  New Fiction: novelists Alexander Chee and Paul LaFarge:

After the 8 pm event: Informal readings by fellows and participants; Celebration. 


Sunday, June 15
:  

8:00 - 9:00 am - Breakfast

9:00 - 10:15 am - Poetry, Michael Dumanis

10:30 - 11:45 am - choice of - Novel and Short Story - Salvatore Scibona
                        - or - Literary Journalism and Memoir - Lis Harris

12:00 - 1:15 pm - Lunch

1:30 - 2:45 pm - Novel and Short Story - Roxana Robinson

3:00 No events scheduled - Conclusion of program