From Director Jennifer Brice

20 March 2020

Dear Members of the Colgate Writers Conference Community:

You will already have seen that the coronavirus has forced those of us at the university—with sadness, regret, and no little anxiety—to cancel this year’s conference. Impossible as it seems to plan ahead right now, we’re going to do it anyway. As of this moment, the 2021 conference is set for June 20-26, with as much of the same fabulous faculty, shop talkers, and staff as we can possibly muster.

Accepted applicants will not have to reapply again next year—only notify us of your intention to come, and we’ll do our best to place you in your preferred workshop.

Those of you who sent in deposits or other payments can look for refunds in the coming days.

Hungry for wisdom and beauty in these tumultuous times? Subscribe to Poem-a-Day, LitHub, and Electric Literature. Check out the virtual book club on A Public Space, where Yiyun Li is leading us through War and Peace a few pages at a time.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to write to us at In the meantime, we hope you all are hunkered down somewhere safe, among people you love, with pen and paper close at hand.

Jennifer Brice
Director, Colgate Writers Conference