15 February 2021

Dear Friends of the Colgate Writers Conference,

Our three-day Porch Symposium this June is shaping up to be a literary feast, featuring readings, mini master classes, a  publishing panel, and an open mic session.
We asked each faculty member to talk briefly during their 30-minute master classes about a writer (or artist) who’s taught them something valuable, and how that lesson turned up in their own work. Come listen to CJ Hauser on Karen Russell and Michael Cunningham, Naomi Jackson on Jamaica Kincaid and Toni Morrison, Jennifer E. Smith on Charles Dickens, and John Gregory Brown on the photographs of Gregory Crewdson. Michael Punter will unpack the playwright’s toolbox. In the coming weeks, we’ll post a complete list of titles on the website, and shortly before the symposium begins, we’ll ask you to pick four that appeal to you.

The symposium will be June 16-18, starting at 7 each evening on Zoom (of course, because that’s how we roll now!). We expect to wrap up by 9:30. Anyone can register, but the number of spots is limited. For a full list of our distinguished faculty, a schedule (still a work in progress), and details on how to register, click on the Porch Symposium and Registration links. The fee of $25 for all three nights will double on March 15. Colgate students can register for free, thanks to the generous support of the Colgate Arts Council.

In case you missed it, the full-week, in-person Colgate Writers Conference has had to be postponed another year. The new dates we’ve tentatively set are June 12-18, 2022. If you were admitted to the 2020 conference and you’re able to join us in 2022, drop us a line so we can save you a space.

If you have any questions, feel free to write to us at writersconference@colgate.edu. You can also write directly to me at jbrice@colgate.edu. I’m on leave this spring, and trying to get some of my own writing done, so give me a few days to reply.

Here’s hoping you are staying safe and well, and that we will all be vaccinated in time for the 2022 conference!

Jennifer Brice, Director
Colgate Writers Conference