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 Wednesday, May 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

2019 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 12

 

 

4:30 - 10:00 PM

Boarding students check in at Fauver Suites 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 available 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 13

7:45  AM

 

 

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

9:00  AM

 

Keynote remarks by novelist Amy Bloom

 

10:30 – 11:30 AM

Seminar: Poetry

Honor Moore

11:40 – 12:30 PM

Seminar: Literary Journalism and Memoir

Lis Harris

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Seminar: Novel and Short Story

Salvatore Scibona

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Writing Fiction and Nonfiction

Guest Speaker: Hirsh Sawhney

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Writing for Young Adults

Guest Speaker: Sarah E. Moon

5:00 - 6:00 PM

Wine Reception

6:00-7:30PM

Dinner

8:00-9:30PM

Readings by Faculty and Fellows

Lis Harris & Allison Manuel

9:30PM

Time to write, make friends, or explore Middletown

  

 

Friday, June 14

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Seminar: Poetry

Honor Moore

10:00 - 11:00 PM

Seminar: Literary Journalism and Memoir

Lis Harris

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:15- 2:15 PM

Seminar: Novel and Short Story

Salvatore Scibona

2:30 3:30 PM

Writing about Science and Medicine

Guest Speaker: Joseph J. Fins, MD

4:00 - 5:00

Writing Fiction

Guest Speaker: Steve Almond

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Dinner

8:00 PM

Faculty and Fellows Readings

Salvatore Scibona & Erin Almond

 

Saturday, June 15 ~ One-Day Festival

8:00 - 9:00 AM

                 One-day participants check-in

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00AM

Seminar: Poetry

Honor Moore 

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Seminar: Literary Journalism and Memoir

Lis Harris

12:00 – 1:00PM

Lunch

1:15 - 2:30 PM

 

Seminar: Novel and Short Story

Salvatore Scibona

3:00– 4:00 PM

Writing Memoir, Writing Journalism: William Finnegan in Conversation with Lis Harris

Guest Speaker: William Finnegan

4:00 - 5:00PM

Publishing Panel

Guest Speakers: Libby Flores, Courtney Maum, & Paul Morris

5:00 – 6:00PM

Wine Reception

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Dinner

7:30 - 9:00 PM

Faculty and Fellow Readings

Honor Moore & Daniel Horowitz

9:00 PM -

Readings by Conference participants and Celebration
Fauver Suites dorm lobby

                                                       

Sunday, June 16

8:00 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Seminar: Poetry

Honor Moore

10:00 - 11:00 PM

Seminar: Literary Journalism and Memoir

Lis Harris

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Lunch

1:30 PM-4:00 PM

No fiction class or other events scheduled 

Conclusion of program