About the Conference

New Dates! The Granta & Wesleyan Writers Conference will be held June 23-27, 2021 in Middletown, Connecticut, USA

Choose from one of six tracks:

  • Fiction
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Graphic Novel
  • Poetry
  • Writing for the Screen
  • Young Adult

Each track offers Workshops (3 hours, classic workshop-style prep, discussion and feedback) OR Classes (1.5 hours, generative exercises and discussion).

There will be panels on everything from Creative Non-Fiction to Publishing, informal Q/A sessions, readings, open mic and book signings. 

 Collage of Faculty Presenting

 

Financial Aid

The Granta & Wesleyan Writers Conference recognizes that the most fruitful conferences will come from the gathering of people of diverse life experiences. We don't wish to exclude those who would add to our community but are unable to attend for financial reasons. There is financial aid available to those who are eligible.

We particularly encourage veterans, members of the LGBTQIA community and people of color to apply.

And thank you for considering us.

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Accommodations

Lodging

This year, boarding students are housed in the university's new Fauver dormitory. The rooms are simply furnished, air-conditioned, single rooms with shared bath. Towels and bedding are provided. 

The dormitory opens on Wednesday, June 24th at 5:00 pm.  It will close on Sunday June 28th at 5:00 pm.

Room assignments will be announced when you check in to the conference.

If you would like something more luxurious, you may want to stay in a local hotel.

  • The Inn at Middletown is within walking distance of campus.  Please visit the Inn at Middletown for more information.
  • Here is a full list of lodging options

Meals

  • The meal plan for both day students and boarders includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner served daily on campus. 
  • Meal service begins on Thursday, June 25th at breakfast and concludes with lunch on Sunday, June 28th.
  • If you choose not to take the meal plan, there are a number of restaurants, within walking distance, on Middletown's Main Street.  There is also a sandwich shop next to campus.

Travel

  • Middletown is halfway between Hartford and New Haven, and a two-hour drive from New York or Boston.
  • Metro North and Amtrak train services run to Union Station in New Haven, and limited Amtrak train service to Meriden, about eight miles away.
  • Rental cars and taxis are available at New Haven's Union Station.  Taxis can be ordered to meet you at the Meriden station.
  • The nearest airport is Hartford's Bradley International Airport, about 40 minutes from Middletown.

Directions to Wesleyan University Campus