St. Mary's College of Maryland
Sail Boats on the St. Mary's River

Summer Programs

About the Chesapeake Writers’ Conference
at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

July 11-15, 2012


waterfront at SMCMJoin a community of writers on Maryland’s beautiful Western Shore for the first Chesapeake Writers’ Conference at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. For five days we will focus intensively on writing in small, selective workshops led by acclaimed writers. Participants will work with faculty closely to hone their craft in one of three genres—fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Craft classes, lectures on writing, and discussions of publishing will supplement the intensive workshop experience, and recreational activities will allow participants to explore and enjoy the beaches, bays, wineries and restaurants of the region.

 

Daily Schedule

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

1:00 – 4:00 pm: Arrival and Registration (DPC)

1:00-5:00 pm (optional) Campus and St. Mary’s City Tours; Recreation, including kayaking on the St. Mary’s River (River Center)

5:00-6:00 pm: Dinner (Great Room)

6:00-6:45 pm: Welcoming Talk: “What Do We Get Out of It? A Writer’s Defense of Masochism,” Jeffrey Hammond (Cole Cinema)

7:00 – 9:00 pm: Live Music: Charlottesville-based Sabor Trio--Latin jazz (The Campus Center Patio)

6:00-11:00 pm: Social time (Aldom Lounge)

THURSDAY, JULY 12

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast and announcements (Great Room)

9:00-10:00 am: Craft Class: Fiction, “Home-Ground: How to Lay Claim to Sense of Place in Your Fiction,” led by Patricia Henley (Blackistone Room)

10:00-12:00 Recreation (kayaking, sailing, hiking, gym, swimming, beach, reading, writing; vans available to go to Solomon’s Island)

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch and announcements (Great Room)

1:00 – 4:00 pm: Workshops

•           Poetry (River Center Board Room)

•           Fiction, Henley (Kent 212)

•           Fiction, Burgess (Blackistone Room)

•           Nonfiction (Kent 222)

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Recreation

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Dinner (Great Room) 

7:30 – 8:30 pm:  Faculty Reading—Patricia Henley & Elizabeth Arnold (Cole Cinema)

6:00 – 11:00 pm: Social time (Aldom Lounge)

FRIDAY, JULY 13

8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast and announcements (Great Room)

9:00 – 10:00 am: Craft class: Poetry, "Fact and Feeling: Strategies Toward a Disciplined Lyric," led by Elizabeth Arnold  (Blackistone Room)

10:00 – 12:00 am: Workshops (2 pieces)

•           Poetry (River Center Board Room)

•           Fiction, Henley (Kent 212)

•           Fiction, Burgess (Blackistone Room)

•           Nonfiction (Kent 222)

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch and announcements (Great Room)

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Workshops (2 pieces)

•           Poetry (River Center Board Room)

•           Fiction, Henley (Kent 212)

•           Fiction, Burgess (Blackistone Room)

•           Nonfiction (Kent 222)

3:15-6:15 pm: Side Trips

  1. Charter boat to St. Clements Island State Park. Vans leave at 3:15, return by 6:30. Will include a boxed dinner. (space is limited)
  2. Solomon’s Island. Vans leave at 3:15, return by 6:30.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Dinner (Great Room)

6:45 – 7:45 pm: Faculty Reading—Jeff Hammond & Matt Burgess (Cole Cinema)

8:00-10:00 pm: River Concert Series (Townhouse Green)

8:30 – 11:00 pm: Social time (River Center)

SATURDAY, JULY 14

8:00 – 9:00 am: Continental breakfast (Aldom Lounge)

The following items overlap with Brunch. Please schedule your time accordingly.

*9:00 – 10:00 am: Publishing Roundtable (Blackistone Room)

*10:00-12:00 pm: Agent and Publisher Meetings (Upper Deck)

*10:30 – 11:30 am Craft class—Creative Nonfiction, “Self-Objectivity in Creative Nonfiction,” led by Jeffrey Hammond (Blackistone Room)

10:30 – 1:30 pm: Brunch (Great Room)

1:00 – 4:00 pm: Workshops

•           Poetry (River Center Board Room)

•           Fiction, Henley (Kent 212)

•           Fiction, Burgess (Blackistone Room)

•           Nonfiction (Kent 222)                                                                       

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Recreation and Side Trips:

  1. Vans to Leonardtown and Solomon’s Island departing at 4:15, return by 6:15.

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Dinner (Picnic Dinner at DPC) 

7:00 – 8:00 pm: Attendee Reading Series (DPC)

8:00 – 9:00 pm: Faculty Reading, Wayne Karlin (DPC)

6:00 – 11:00 pm: Social time (DPC)

SUNDAY, JULY 15

8:00 – 9:00 am: Continental breakfast and Farewells (DPC)

12:00 pm: Checkout (DPC)

8:00—5:00 pm:  Shuttles to airports (schedule in advance)

Aerial view of St. Mary's College of Maryland campus

St. Mary's College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001
240-895-2000