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, multi-genre writer, perhaps best known to creative nonfiction writers for his coming-of-age memoir. “This Boy’s Life” is a staple in the genre — and a book that no doubt inspired many writers to share their own stories.

Wolff has for decades taught creative writing — from Syracuse to Stanford — and he mentored many prolific writers, including Mary Karr, our 2016 keynoter.

We’re absolutely thrilled that Wolff will be sharing his passion and knowledge with us at HippoCamp 2017. HippoCamp is scheduled for Sept. 8-10, 2017, in Lancaster, Pa. Wolff’s keynote is slated for Saturday evening, with a Q&A and book-signing to follow.

Registration opens Jan. 2, and full line-up of sessions and speakers will be shared soon.

About Tobias Wolff (from Stanford website):

Tobias Wolff is the author of the novels The Barracks Thief and Old School, the memoirs This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army, and the short story collections In the Garden of the North American MartyrsBack in the World, and The Night in Question. His most recent collection of short stories, Our Story Begins, won The Story Prize for 2008. Wolff received a National Medal of the Arts from President Obama in September 2015. Other awards include the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award – both for excellence in the short story – the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the PEN/Faulkner Award.  He has also been the editor of Best American Short StoriesThe Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories, and A Doctor’s Visit: The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov. His work appears regularly in The New YorkerThe AtlanticHarper’s, and other magazines and literary journals.

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