Colgate Writers’ Conference
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Colgate Writers' Conference

June 12-18, 2016

Our senior staff is here to talk with you about writing and the writing life, and to work with you on your fiction, poetry, novel, or creative nonfiction. Whether you are a veteran writer or a novice, we offer a full schedule of consultations, workshops, craft talks, panel discussions, readings, and informal conversations that will sustain your long-range efforts or help you get started.

Participant Comments
"Very knowledgeable instructors, combined honesty with pleasant encouragement, [and were] generous with their time."
"You taught, guided, and encouraged us to be better writers. You did this with heart."

Each participant submits a manuscript to be discussed in class. In addition, instructors schedule personal conferences concerning each participant's manuscript. Our novel and creative nonfiction workshops accept hundreds of pages, not just a chapter or two.

Shop Talks
Agents, editors and publishers share tips of the trade.

Craft Talks
Each faculty member conducts a daily craft talk, which includes writing tips and discussion.

Workshops take place daily in small groups. Participant manuscripts are discussed, writing strategies practiced. Intense workshops allow every participant to receive personalized instruction throughout the week.

Evening Activities
Readings by renowned writers, open mics, music, participant readings, and other social gatherings.

2014 Visiting Readers and Faculty
Include Greg Ames, Jennifer Brice, Christopher Castellani, Kelly Cherry, Brian Hall, Eleanor Henderson, J. Robert Lennon, Bruce Smith, and Jennifer E. Smith.

For more information visit our website at

About Us
Program Description
Morning craft talks & workshops. Individual consultation with workshop instructor in the afternoon. Late afternoon participant readings and talks on publishing, storytelling. Evening readings by instructors & guests. Late night social events.
Upcoming Event

Jun 12 - 18, 2016
Venue: Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton NY
Program Length
7 days
Group Size or S:T Ratio
Program Focus
Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Publishing
Greg Ames, Peter Balakian, Jennifer Brice, Carrie Brown, John Gregory Brown, J. Robert Lennon, and Joni Tevis.
Creative Nonfiction: $1,495; Novel: $1,495; Poetry: $1,095; Short Fiction: $1,095; Writers' Retreat: $645. Rates include room and board for the week. See website for day student rates. Discounts for alumni and early applicants available.
U.S. Locations
Hamilton, New York
Matt Leone
Colgate Writers’ Conference
Office of Summer Programs, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive
Hamilton, NY 13346
United States
Phone: 315-228-7771, 315-228-7770
E-mail Director Matt Leone:
Updated: 11-30-2015