The eighth annual Chesapeake Writers’ Conference was held from June 23 to June 29 on the St. Mary’s College campus in St. Mary’s City, Maryland. The conference featured lectures, craft talks, readings, and panel discussions, as well as daily workshops in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translation. The faculty included poet Liz Arnold, fiction writers Matt Burgess and Patricia Henley, creative nonfiction writer Angela Pelster, and poet and translator Heather Green. Participating publishing professionals include editors Lea Beresford (Bloomsbury) and Mark Drew (Gettysburg Review) and agent Susanna Einstein (Einstein Literary Management). The cost of tuition was $800; the cost of tuition with college course credit was $1,200. An optional meal plan was available for $170, and lodging was available on campus for $240. Scholarships were available for St. Mary’s College students and alumni. Using the online submission manager, writers submitted a workshop application and a writing sample of four to six poems or up to 15 pages of prose. There was no application fee. Applications were accepted on a rolling basis; registration was first come, first served. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Chesapeake Writers’ Conference, St. Mary’s College, Montgomery Hall, 47645 College Drive, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686. (240) 895-2017. Jerry Gabriel, Conference Director.