Thursday, January 31, 2013

2013 Clockhouse Writers' Conference East

2013 Clockhouse Writers’ Conference – East
July 1 - July 5, 2013 – Registration is Open

Deadline is now April 1

Clockhouse Writers' Conference-East (CWC) is a conference and retreat for graduates of Goddard's MFA in Creative Writing program and overlaps with the program's summer residency in Vermont.

CWC, founded in 1996 by a group of MFA-W graduates, offers an annual conference and retreat that provides time, space, and mutual support for writers and their work, while offering support to the Goddard MFA Program.

CWC is coordinated and run by its participants and includes solitary writing time, group discussions of works-in-progress, workshops and formal readings.  We stay in a dorm (or off-campus, if you prefer) and eat in the cafeteria alongside current MFA-W students and faculty.  We typically host the closing gathering of the MFA-W residency.  This year’s conference will also include the official launch of the annual literary journal, The Clockhouse Review.

When: July 1 - July 5, 2013
Arrive on July 1
Where: Goddard College
123 Pitkin Road
Plainfield, Vermont  05667

A full conference schedule will be sent to all registrants in early June.  In the meantime, here’s the schedule for Monday, July 1:

4:00 – 6:00 PM Arrival and check-in
5:45 – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:00 – 8:30 PM Opening community meeting 

The topic for the plenary panel on Tuesday is “Chaos and Control”
Scheduled presenters:  Carolyn Locke, Chris Mackowski, Tricia Shepherd
Scheduled moderator:  Carolyn Locke

Registration Details & Deadline

In order to better coordinate conference activities with the MFA-W residency, the registration deadline has been moved up by one month to April 1.  Registrations postmarked by April 1, 2013 will be subject to the customary $75 conference fee, but registrations postmarked after April 1 will incur a late fee.  See the registration form for more details.  

Download the CWC registration form here:   CWC 2013 Registration Form

To avoid the late fee, fill out the registration page and mail it with your $75 conference fee to the address on the form postmarked by April 1, 2013.

Please note that on-campus housing options are limited.  Double-room reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, and requests for single rooms will be filled after that.  If you are considering staying off campus, here are some local options for lodging.

Workshop Proposals & Deadline

The deadline for workshop proposals has also been moved up by one month to April 15.  Please consider offering a workshop.  See the CWC registration form for more details. 
Deadline for proposals: April 15, 2013.


Limited scholarship assistance may be available. Please email your scholarship request to Tricia Shepherd ( as soon as possible.

If you are able to make a donation toward the scholarship fund, please do so, and please accept our thanks. You’ll find a donation line on the registration form.

CWC Contact Information

Julie Parent, Conference Co-Coordinator

Tricia Shepherd, Conference Co-Coordinator

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

Keep writing,
The CWC Board of Stewards