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Hub City, Wofford Host Writing Conference

Monday, June 24, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC--For the second year, the Hub City Writers Project and Wofford College will host a summer creative writing conference on the campus in Spartanburg. “Writing in Place” is a multi-genre workshop for both beginners and professionals who are interested in the craft of creative writing.

The three-day conference is limited to 60 participants, and class sizes will not exceed 12 people. The cost is $105, and the conference is targeted at students 17 years and older.

“Writing in Place” opens Friday evening, Aug. 23, with a banquet and keynote address by North Carolina poet laureate Fred Chappell. Chappell, the winner of many literary prizes, has taught for many years in the MFA writing program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25, published novelists, essayists and poets will lead workshops that include intense instruction, challenging exercises and opportunity for feedback. Participants must sign up for one of three genres: fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction.

Students will be expected to write during this conference, and the weekend has been planned with plenty of “downtime” for that purpose. There also will be opportunities for networking with faculty and classmates. Participants may bring laptop computers, and lodging is optional for $12 a night in the dormitories at Wofford College.

Meg Barnhouse will teach creative non-fiction; John Lane and Deno Trakas will teach poetry; Ron Rash and Ruth Moose will teach fiction. George Singleton will teach a special fiction class for 12 high school students who have been award scholarships by the Hub City Writers Project. In addition to general instruction about creative writing, the instructors will guide students in how to use place and setting as both an inspiration and backdrop to their work.

To receive a registration packet for the conference, call 864-577-9349 or email bteter@bellsouth.net. This conference sold out last year, and participants came from cities all over South Carolina.