Chesapeake Writers’ Conference 2013


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Jerry Gabriel, Director
Chesapeake Writers’ Conference
Montgomery Hall
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
18952 E. Fisher Road
St. Mary's City, MD 20686

Course Credit

We have added the opportunity for college students--both those enrolled at St. Mary's College and elsewhere--to receive transferrable course credit for their experience at the 2014 Chesapeake Writers' Conference. If you plan to apply to the conference as a college student wishing to pursue the course credit option, please note this fact in your submittable cover note. If you are a St. Mary's student, you must also sign up for the course during summer enrollment. Students from other institutions will add the course later.

You can contact Jerry Gabriel, Conference Director (, with any questions about the course credit option. 

ENGL 395 Topics in Writing: Chesapeake Writers’ Conference Seminar in Creative Writing

This unique course will be rooted in the intensive experience of the Chesapeake Writers’ Conference (July 6-12, 2014), during which students will immerse themselves for one week in the art and craft of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction. In addition to attending a daily three-hour workshop in your genre, you will be required to attend all other conference literary events, including daily readings, lectures, craft talks and panel discussions (there will be approximately two to three such events each day).

Other requirements will include daily journal responses to the literary events of the conference, and thoughtful, constructive responses to your workshop peers’ submissions. You will work out with the professor a short reading list in your genre that you will use as a touchstone for your work. Finally, you will work with the professor via email in revising the work produced in and for your workshop. This, along with the other assignments and an introductory reflection essay on the work, will be due in a portfolio approximately one month after the conference ends. This course is worth two-credits.

Professor Gabriel

2 credits

July 6-12 (on St. Mary's campus) and correspondence with professor post-conference.

Prerequisite: 200-level writing course or permission of the instructor.