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The mission of our conference is to:​​

  • Offer workshops that support this goal with book length and short form workshops in all genres (fiction, non-fiction & poetry).

  • Hire a group of faculty, industry professionals & staff who represent diverse voices in contemporary writing.

  • Build an accessible, inclusive, and community-focused culture among conference faculty, industry professionals & staff.

  • Schedule content that approaches the craft of writing and business of publishing from a variety of perspectives. 

  • Foster a conference community that will continue to support participants well after the conference week.

  • Make need-based fellowships available from year one.

  • Never charge an application fee.

  • Provide housing options supportive of all writers.

  • Create a conference that serves writers of all backgrounds and levels of experience.

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