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Weeklong Sessions

June 12-17, 2022

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Fiction Intensive

Do you have a chapter from a novel-in-progress in need of feedback? A draft of a short story striving to get to the next level? This workshop-style course will focus on thoughtful, detailed discussion of participants’ fiction. Workshops will be supplemented by exercises and readings designed to offer strategies for creating tension, complicating characters, writing realistic dialogue, and more. Please submit one story or chapter to the Conference by June 1. Instructor will provide detailed written critiques.

Advanced Submissions Requested (5000 words or less) by June 1, 2022.

Elise JuskaInstructor: Elise Juska

Elise Juska is the author of five novels, including If We Had Known and The Blessings, which was selected for Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers series, Entertainment Weekly's "Must List," and the Philadelphia Inquirer's Best Books of 2014. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, The Hudson Review, Post Road, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize from Ploughshares, and her short stories have been longlisted by The Best American Short Stories and Pushcart Prize anthologies. She is an Associate Professor at the University of the Arts, where she received the 2014 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

CNF & Poetry
Taking it Public: Expanding the Forum for Memoir Essays and Poems of Conscience in Times of Crisis

This multi-genre workshop will examine craft issues related to writing through and about crisis including intersectionality, performativity, and historical detail. This is a one-week generative workshop for poets and creative nonfiction writers based on prompts to bring new perspective to your writing. No matter how stalled or stagnant your creative life may feel, these strategies are meant to inspire, revive, and energize.

No Advanced Submissions Requested.

Artress Bethany WhiteInstructor: Artress Bethany White

Artress Bethany White is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the recipient of the Trio Award for her poetry collection My Afmerica (Trio House Press, 2019) and author of Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity (New Rivers Press, 2020). Her prose and poetry have appeared in such journals as Harvard Review, POETRY, Solstice, Ecotone, Birmingham Poetry Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Hopkins Review, Green Mountains Review, and the forthcoming anthology Why I Wrote This Poem: 62 Poets on Creating Their Works (McFarland, 2022). She is associate professor of English at East Stroudsburg University, teaches poetry and nonfiction workshops for the Rosemont College Summer Writer’s Retreat in Pennsylvania, and is nonfiction editor for Boston-based Pangyrus literary magazine. Check out her website at