Intensive workshops in three genres (fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction) for serious writers at all levels of experience. 

Enrollment limited. 

Course credit available to any enrolled college student (two credit hours of college credit from St. Mary's College of Maryland).

To apply, please follow the instructions below. You may apply to more than one workshop genre (fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction). Ultimately, though, if you are accepted into more than one workshop, you will have to choose a genre. 

For poetry submissions, upload 4-6 poems (in one document please). For prose, include no more than 15 pages (double spaced) of a story, essay or novel excerpt; it is fine to include more than one piece (either complete or excerpts); again, please upload just one file per genre. 

Please do not include your name anywhere on your writing sample itself. 
In the youth workshop, high school-aged conference attendees will explore a range of genres, including poetry, fiction, and personal narrative.  This year, we will offer a limited number of competitive full scholarships (covering tuition, housing, and food). Enrollment in all workshops is limited and admissions are rolling. 

Course credit is available to any enrolled college student (two credit hours of college credit from St. Mary's College of Maryland).

For the youth workshop, we ask that you submit a brief writing sample; it doesn't matter which genre the sample is in. In fact, feel free to include passages from more than one genre. For submissions, upload 3-4 poems (in one document please) and/or no more than 15 pages (double spaced) of prose (whether a short story, novel excerpt, or essay); again, please upload just one file for the entire writing sample. 

Please do not include your name anywhere on your writing sample itself. 

The 2016 Chesapeake Writers’ Conference (June 18-24, 2017) invites SMCM students interested in creative writing to apply for the 2017 conference scholarships. Scholars will be provided with shared accommodations in the Townhouse Greens, meals for the duration of the conference, and placement in a writing workshop best suited to his or her writing sample and interest (fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction).

The SMCM Scholars will form the core conference staff and each scholarship recipient will be expected to contribute in important ways to the functioning of the conference. The parameters of each scholar’s assignment will be worked out with the director, but a sampling of the kinds of tasks that will be involved includes

·         Transporting conference guests in state vehicles to and from surrounding airports and county locations. Certification to drive a state vehicle is strongly desirable in all scholarship recipients.

·         Guiding recreational activities, including excursions to such locations as Solomon’s Island and Calvert Cliffs State Park, as well as leading participants in recreational activities (i.e., kayaking).

·         Organizing and MCing the conference’s participant readings.

·         Organizing and guiding activities for the youth workshop attendees.

·         Writing and delivering introductions of faculty and visiting writers at nightly open-to-the-public literary events.

·         Maintaining the conference social media outlets before and during the conference.

·         Creating a daily newsletter for participants.

·         Coordinating with various campus offices in order to assure that the conference runs smoothly.

·         Facilitating participant check-in and check-out.

·         Giving tours of the campus.

·         Taking photographs of events for promotion of future conferences.

·         Setting up before events.

·         Providing general support for conference participants (i.e., helping participants navigate the campus and the county).

·         Organizing and facilitating meetings for participants with agents and publishers.

·         Designing tools with which to collect input about the conference.

Deadline for applications is November 11, 2017.

Applicants may demonstrate an interest in one or more of the offered workshops. Please follow the directions for applications on our submittable.com application form: https://chesapeakewritersconference.submittable.com/submit/67560

Once there, you will need to include

1.       A personal statement describing your interest in the conference and detailing what you would hope to gain from the experience.

2.      A writing sample in your desired genre (15 pages double spaced for prose; 4-8 poems for poetry). (If you wish to apply in more than one genre, you are welcome to do so; just check the appropriate box on the form for you first choice and explain in your personal statement, which is your first choice, and include samples from each).  

3.      A current résumé. 

If you have questions, you can contact Jerry Gabriel, Conference Director: chesapeakewritersconference@smcm.edu

http://www.smcm.edu/events/chesapeake-writers-conference/

The 2017 Chesapeake Writers’ Conference (June 18-24) invites SMCM alumni interested in creative writing to apply for an alumni conference scholarship. The alumni scholarship recipient will be provided with shared accommodations in the Townhouse Greens, meals for the duration of the conference, and placement in a writing workshop best suited to his or her writing sample and interest (fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction).

The scholarship recipient will work with a number of current SMCM student scholars to form the core conference staff and each will be expected to contribute in important ways to the functioning of the conference. The parameters of each scholar’s assignment will be worked out with the director, but a sampling of the kinds of tasks that will be involved includes

·         Transporting conference guests in state vehicles to and from surrounding airports and county locations. Certification to drive a state vehicle is strongly desirable in all scholars.

·         Guiding recreational activities, including excursions to such locations as Solomon’s Island and Calvert Cliffs State Park, as well as leading participants in recreational activities (i.e., kayaking).

·         Organizing and MCing the conference’s participant readings.

·         Organizing and guiding activities for the youth workshop attendees.

·         Writing and delivering introductions of faculty and visiting writers at nightly open-to-the-public literary events.

·         Maintaining the conference social media outlets before and during the conference.

·         Creating a daily newsletter for participants.

·         Coordinating with various campus offices in order to assure that the conference runs smoothly.

·         Facilitating participant check-in and check-out.

·         Giving tours of the campus.

·         Taking photographs of events for promotion of future conferences.

·         Setting up before events.

·         Providing general support for conference participants (i.e., helping participants navigate the campus and the county).

·         Organizing and facilitating meetings for participants with agents and publishers.

·         Designing tools with which to collect input about the conference.

 

Deadline for applications is January 15, 2017.

Applicants may demonstrate an interest in one or more of the offered workshops. 

Please include:

1.       A personal statement describing your interest in the conference and detailing what you would hope to gain from the experience.

2.     A writing sample in your desired genre (15 pages double spaced for prose; 4-8 poems for poetry). (If you wish to apply in more than one genre, you are welcome to do so; just be clear, in your personal statement, which is your first choice, and include samples from each).  

3.      A current résumé. 

If you have questions, you can contact Jerry Gabriel, Conference Director: chesapeakewritersconference@smcm.edu