2013 KSC Writers Conference 

Thank you very much for your interest in the 2013 Keene State College Writers Conference. Here are some details about the cost and format of this year's conference, which is scheduled for Sunday, July 28 to Saturday, August 3, 2013.

Conference Registration Fee: $900.00  
The fee covers all conference materials, two dinners and several informal receptions during the week. Participants will receive 3.5 continuing education units for the week.

Credit Options:
Participants may elect to earn 4 undergraduate or 4 graduate credits for participation in the conference.
Additional costs are:
4 Undergraduate Credits: $880 in addition to the $900 conference registration fee ($1,780.00 total)
4 Graduate Credits: $960 in addition to the $900 conference registration fee ($1,860.00 total)

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the $900 registration fee ($450) will hold a place for you at the conference. Full payment of all fees for registration and undergraduate or graduate credit if desired is due by July 12, 2013.

Conference Format:
Intensive daily writing sessions in genre areas of fiction, creative nonfiction, children's literature, travel writing, music composition/performance, or poetry; workshops, one-on-one conferences, craft talks, panel discussions, Q & A sessions, social hours, receptions, and readings by visiting artists, conference faculty, and conference participants.

Participants will be asked to submit prior writing and works-in-progress several weeks before the conference begins for review and comment by conference faculty. These submissions are required not for evaluation purposes, but so that you and Conference faculty can "hit the ground running" when you get here in July.

For more information please contact me directly:
Steve Kessler, Assistant Director
Continuing Education and Extended Studies
Keene State College
603.358.2556 ♦ mailto:skessler@keene.edu 

Register online!

Testimonials from Conference Attendees

I write dark comedy and stories and started writing a story during the conference that will be my focus this year. The craft talks, hearing other writers discuss their work, getting feedback on my writing, and the opportunity to do a lot of writing were conference highlights. I earned credit for a week of writing and had a lot of fun doing so. Brian Rabadeau, Fiction writer

As a non-fiction author having a love affair with poetry, I was inspired by Jeff Friedman's classes. Interaction with the faculty--the opportunity to be critiqued one-on-one and the craft sessions--were most beneficial to me. The faculty was excellent, not just in their own writing, but also in their ability to teach. The setting is lovely--a small jewel of a campus in a picturesque New England town. Michele Hansen, Non-fiction and poetry

The one-on-one meetings with instructors was the best, most beneficial part of the conference. I learned useful tips and ideas to take my writing to the next level. Overall, I had a great time and found the conference was very helpful. - Christopher Chapman, Fiction writer

For me, the conference was a very personal developmental tool with the most beneficial aspect being the “instant feedback” from the professional writers and the student writers. The comments were a tremendous help, moving me forward and improving all the new writing I did at the conference and helping me rework old pieces of writing.

The conference also inspired and motivated me in a way that I haven’t felt in a long time about writing. Now, I find myself writing and coming up with ideas for new material every day.

The continual feedback on my work and having opportunities to meet other aspiring writers and professional writers made this conference unique for me. So did the opportunity to have my writing brought to life through performances in which some works were set to background music. Plus, the Keene State College Writers Conference was a lot of fun! - Valerie Hodge, Poetry/Creative Writing/Short Stories/Songwriting

I actually attended the 2009 conference on a whim. I had begun writing the year before and was looking for a workshop. I found the KSC writers conference and signed up. My experience was so fulfilling that I decided to attend again in 2010.

What I love about the conference is the workshops and one-on-one sessions with the invited published authors and published instructors from KSC. The mix of instruction in poetry and prose is wonderful and the readings by the instructors are great. Plus, the music segment with the jazz musician is very educational. The variety in students’ ages also makes for absorbing conversations.

What I learned from the writers conference is how to appreciate the art of using words and concise phrasing. I also learned about content and how to structure stories to keep people reading. And finally, the individual readings the last night are a great experience in emotional support. - Kenneth Schalhoub

I wanted the opportunity to concentrate on the draft manuscript of my novel and receive feedback and inspiration. The feedback from other fledgling writers and faculty inspired me. The faculty, supportive and creative environment, and the chance to take a chance—with the written word, at least!—were highlights of the week for me. - Skye Stephenson, Poet and novelist