Hippocampus Magazine's goal is to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. HippoCamp is an extension of our three-fold mission.
This three-day creative writing conference event features 50+ notable speakers, engaging sessions in four tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opps and optional, intimate pre-conference workshops in Lancaster, Pa., a city rich in history, arts and culture. All of this, plus meals and snacks, bundled into a great, comprehensive conference rate.
Register for the conference by choosing a ticket option below; you may add on a pre-conference workshop and/or post-conference pitch session now, or add one a later date. Once you choose a ticket, click "order now" (you may need to scroll down within the box), and then you will be taken to EventBrite to complete your order. (Note: If conference does not sell out before 8/28, we will offer on-site registration as well.) Please review refund policy on Attendees page before purchasing.
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[caption id="attachment_317" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Allison Williams speaking at HippoCamp 2016[/caption] Whether they've written personal essays, full-length memoirs, or some other form of creative nonfiction, many HippoCamp attendees are seeking publication for their writing. Since…Read more
Creative nonfiction is our game, but you may play the writing game across several genres. If you do, you'll be happy to know we've scheduled sessions to help you improve your skills in any storytelling…Read more
Writing is a challenge. Fitting a writing routine into your existing hectic day-to-day struggles can be overwhelming. But at HippoCamp 2017, we've brought together several experts to help you navigate the potential pitfalls of incorporating…Read more
Whether you've just started writing or you've been working diligently for decades, cultivating a mindset and attitude for success makes a world of difference. Gabriela Pereira's session for HippoCamp 2017 is entitled The Writing Life: How to…Read more
Are you baffled by the idea of creating your author website or creating an online marketing strategy for your work? In Creative Website Deconstruction: Building Your Online Home, internet marketer extraordinaire Mandy Pennington will show…Read more
Nancy Kotkin is a past HippoCamp attendee, and this year she’s returning as a workshop leader. We’re excited about her pre-conference event, "Personal Essay Structures: Marriage of Content and Form" which will introduce writers to…Read more
Lawrence Knorr is CEO and publisher of Sunbury Press, Inc., a trade publisher based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. We asked Lawrence about his upcoming participation in HippoCamp's agents and editors panel. Also from the central PA…Read more
Show your HippoCamp pride with a conference t-shirt! This year, during the registration process, you were able to add a t-shirt. If you didn't add one then, you now still have a chance to pre-order…Read more
Jennifer Hill is a multidisciplinary artist — a poet, playwright, arts educator, and performer who loves exploring all the real and imagined connections between writing and movement. And we're thrilled she's sharing her love of…Read more
Out of a bar ... and into the downtown Lancaster Marriott: We're pleased to welcome memoirist Lisa F. Smith to HippoCamp 2017's debut author panel and evening readings, during which she'll read from her memoir,…Read more
It's only natural that a session titled "Finding Your Tribe" will be a team effort. Patty Kline-Capaldo joins Rae Theodore for this session in our LIVE track, which is all about the writing life. Patty…Read more
HippoCamp is excited to welcome Blair Thornburgh to this year's agents and editors panel, as well as our post-conference pitch-sessions. Blair is an editor at Philadelphia-based Quirk Books and has so much to share. We…Read more
If you're looking to deepen the impact and accuracy of your creative nonfiction, Wendy Bilen can show you how. In High Wide Deep: Finding and Using Research to Enrich Your Prose, Wendy will demonstrate how…Read more
Want to write more about your travels? The Charms of Travel Writing: Enhancing Your Narrative With Memoir, Research, and Serendipity with Margaret Montet is a great place to start. Margaret's session focuses on weaving layers…Read more
Writing about your family history can be enlightening, exciting, and perhaps even troubling. Kelly Kautz is an expert in turning ancestral history into compelling narratives. In her session, Find Stories In Your Family History, Kelly…Read more
If your writing gets a little more sultry after HippoCamp 2017, Chris Girman may be the reason. Girman's autobiographical writings and essays explore sex in nonfiction and his Telling Sexy Stories session at this year's conference…Read more
If you're looking to leave the solitary writer's life behind, Lisa Cottrell will provide some advice at HippoCamp 2017 during her flash session: How To Build Your Own Writing Community. As both a teacher and writing advocate…Read more
If you're looking to transcend labels and kickstart your writing, editing, and publishing into new directions, then Athena Dixon's session is ideal for you. Titled Many Roads Traveled: Writing, Editing, and Publishing Across Intersections, Athena's…Read more
Lisa Romeo returns this year's HippoCamp with two sessions: I'll Take Titles for a Thousand, Alex is a flash session focusing on grabbing the attention of readers and editors, and Submission Strategy: Beyond Wish Lists,…Read more
Hippocampus Magazine congratulates Patricia Blakesslee and and Michael Fischer, recipients of HippoCamp 2017's two full scholarships. Each will receive complimentary registration to the conference and a travel stipend -- and their heartfelt and skillful essays…Read more
Joanne M. Lozar Glenn is a returning HippoCamp speaker, this time as a panelist on our debut author panel. Joanne co-authored Memoir Your Way. We can't wait to learn more about the process of finding…Read more
We're excited to welcome two-time attendee Rae Pagliarulo back to HippoCamp for a third year, this time as a breakout session speaker. She'll share with attendees ways to to handle writing about addiction. We…Read more
We're excited to welcome Marshall Warfield back to HippoCamp! This year, Marshall will expand his 2016 breakout session, "Worries of the Essayist, Tools of a Poet" into a three-hour per-conference workshop, which he is co-teaching…Read more
Randon Billings Noble is a returning HippoCamp speaker. Last year, she gave a highly-rated session called "essaying the book review." This year, along with Marshall Warfield, she's leading a pre-conference workshop, "Worries of the…Read more
Allison K Williams is returning to HippoCamp, her third consecutive year as a speaker and workshop leader. We're thrilled she's once again giving her self-editing preconference workshop (which sold out last year) and also a…Read more
The crowd roared with laughter during Jamie Brickhouse's reading at HippoCamp 2016; he shared a selection from his debut book, Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex and My Mother. Jamie returns to Lancaster…Read more
Hippocampus Magazine is pleased to announce it is offering two writing conference scholarships to HippoCamp 2017, with additional funds to help the recipients get here. Like last year, the scholarship application considers writing quality, professional…Read more
Hippocampus Magazine is excited to announce our headlining keynote speaker for our annual creative nonfiction writing conference. We're pleased to welcome Tobias Wolff to 2017's HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction. Wolff is an award-winning,…Read more
Earn your MA and MFA online with limited campus visits in the only program where your work is reviewed by an outside editor, agent or producer. At Wilkes University's Maslow Family Graduate Program in Creative Writing, work with a community of professional writers to learn the craft and business of writing.Wilkes University
Bay Path's no-residency MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing is designed to help aspiring writers turn their personal story into publishable prose. Created for women and men at all stages of their writing careers, the program allows students to study online with faculty mentors in a way that bends to the shape of their lives.Bay Path University
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WV Wesleyan’s low-residency MFA is an uncommonly affordable program offering tracks in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students join a warm community every summer and winter for an intensive ten-day residency on campus that initiates an independent semester of apprenticeship through correspondence. Faculty-mentor/student ratio never exceeds 1 to 4. Located in central Appalachia, the program welcomes and fosters writing that explores place and identity. Wesleyan also offers cross-genre study and Ireland Residency options.West Virginia Wesleyan
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