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Hub City Writers Project 'Writing in Place' workshop set for June 17-19

May 18, 2005

SPARTANBURG – Several of the most accomplished writers in the South will serve as instructors for the Hub City Writers Project’s fifth annual “Writing in Place” regional creative writing conference June 17-19 at Wofford College.

Poet Nikky Finney, who teaches creative writing at the University of Kentucky, serves as keynote speaker and one of the poetry instructors. Finney, daughter of former S.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Ernest Finney, is the author of three books of poetry and is a founder of the Affrilachian Poets, “the coal black African poets of Appalachia.”

Other faculty members include North Carolina poet Cathy Smith Bowers, Asheville novelist Tommy Hays, short story writer Tom McConnell, and essayist Steve Harvey. New this year is a special session on children’s literature led by Melinda Long, author of the New York Times bestsellers Hiccup Snickup and How I Became a Pirate.

The Hub City conference is a hands-on, intensive writing experience, designed to help both beginners and professionals develop the craft of creative writing. Participants in the conference will receive six hours of instruction in their chosen discipline. The conference is limited to 60 people, and registrants must sign up for one of four tracks: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or children’s literature.

Additional sessions will be offered in performance poetry, novel writing, songwriting, online publishing, manuscript critique, and more. There are faculty readings, open mic sessions, and a Saturday night barbecue.

The cost of the conference is $155. Lodging is available at Wofford College for $15 a night. For more information, call 864-577-9349 or visit