HippoCamp 2017

In its third year, HippoCamp will descend upon Lancaster, Pennsylvania, during the second weekend of September. If you or someone you know enjoys creative nonfiction and/or would like to see keynote speaker Tobias Wolff in person, I strongly encourage you to register now!


I’ve seen the conference schedule, and let me tell you: it’s got a lot of interesting classes, including:

Breakfast and Topic Tables

 Saturday is the heart of HippoCamp and a jam-packed day. That’s why we’re feeding you a solid breakfast! Enjoy a hot breakfast with lots of options. Plus, you may sit at a designated topic table to discuss a writing or publishing issue with other attendees. Meet while you eat!

Yes, I will always go for the food portion of any conference, but HippoCamp brings the topics of conversation even to breakfast!

Writing Better with Social Media

Social media–platform–building readership–too often, these feel like a distraction from our “real” work, or like we’re shouting into a void. But it’s possible to use social media to improve our writing and bring joy to our day and momentum to our career. We’ll cover using social media purposefully and meaningfully and how Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, and blogging can be part of your literary world.

One reason I’m trying to post once a week on this journal is so that people know I’m still alive and creating things. Social media not only connects me to people I know, but also people I don’t know, and that in itself is a great boon.

Lessons from Failure: How to Learn, Recover, and Succeed when Everything Seems Overwhelming

Writers, both established and emerging, have faced all kinds of obstacles. Whether it’s constant rejection, a new baby, unemployment, the death of a loved one, or just the daily grind, writers always seem to face some insurmountable struggle, which often takes them away from their work. However, many are able to prevail with a bit of persistence and perseverance. Join us for a conversation about trying and trying again, about failure and success. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and discuss how we can become better writers by turning our failures into successes.

I need encouragement sometimes, especially when the failing becomes tough. Let me just say, it’s difficult sometimes for me to keep my hopes up, but I hope this workshop will at least help me feel less alone in living life’s ups and downs.

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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