Wesleyan Writers Conference

Anne Greene

Katie Irish
Writer's Conference Assistant

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

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Complete Schedule for Wesleyan Writers Conference 2016 

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 2016 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.

Arrival and Conference Opening Events:

Boarding participants arrive on the evening of June 15;

Participants staying off-campus arrive early on the morning of June 16.

Wednesday Evening, June 15: 5:00 - 10:30 pm

University Housing opens for participants staying on campus: Registration and informal welcome for participants staying on campus in Fauver suites, the Conference Housing. 

Thursday Morning, June 16: 8:00 am

Welcome and Opening Breakfast for all participants and faculty

Overview of Typical Day's 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 is still being planned. Please check back for updated information.

Conference faculty and guest speakers are listed on the faculty page.

Please watch this schedule for news about which speaker will be coming on which day.

Saturday, June 18:

One-Day Program: One-day participants are invited to join us at breakfast and for the full program of day and evening sessions and meals. 

Sunday, June 19: 

The Conference concludes at 3 pm. The University asks that all participants move out of Fauver Suites by 5 pm.