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2017 VQR Writers’ Conference


[clock] 4-MINUTE READ PUBLISHED: January 31, 2017

The fourth annual VQR Writers’ Conference takes place July 10–15, 2017, on the grounds of the historic University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Our conference is designed for serious writers at all stages of their careers looking for inspiration and camaraderie. 



Submission Guidelines

Submit your application by April 15.

Conference participants pay $1,100, which includes lodging and meals. For participants who do not need housing, the cost is $950.

Once admitted to the conference, a nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due by May 31. The balance is due at or before registration. Payment may be made by check or credit card.

A limited number of $350 scholarships will be made available based on the potential for literary excellence.



Application Process

To apply in fiction, please submit no more than fifteen pages total. If your manuscript is excerpted from a longer work or a novel, please provide a brief summary of the project with your cover letter.

To apply in nonfiction (includes creative nonfiction and literary journalism), please submit no more than fifteen pages total. If your manuscript is excerpted from a longer work, please provide a brief summary of the project with your cover letter.

To apply in poetry, please submit four to seven poems of no more than twelve pages total.

Additionally, in your cover letter, please provide a biographical statement of up to one hundred words that includes relevant information such as any notable publications and literary awards. 

Questions? Email: conference@vqronline.org



The 2017 writing faculty includes: 

Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion (FSG, 2014), which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction. She is also the editor of the New York Times bestseller Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids (Picador, 2015). Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth (Open City, 2001), the novel The Quality of Life Report (Viking, 2003), and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House (Knopf, 2010), a memoir. Since 2005, she has been an opinion columnist at the Los Angeles Times. She has also written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, and Vogue. She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and is an adjunct associate professor in the MFA Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Remember Me Like This (Random House, 2014), which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great Writers selection, and the winner of the 2015 McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns Prize. The book has been translated around the world and is being made into a major motion picture. He is also the author of the short-story collection Corpus Christi (Random House, 2004) and the editor of Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer (Random House, 2008). His work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Paris Review, the New York Times MagazineEsquireGlimmer Train, and Tin House, as well as in the anthologies Best American Short StoriesPushcartBest American Sports Writing, and New Stories from the South. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation, he is the director of creative writing at Harvard University.

Anne Helen Petersen received her PhD at the University of Texas, where she wrote her dissertation on the history of the gossip industry. She taught at Whitman College before leaving academia to write full-time for BuzzFeed, where her work focuses on the intersection of gender, celebrity, and popular culture. Her forthcoming book, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman will be released by Blue Rider/Penguin Press in June 2016.

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three volumes of poetry, the most recent of which is The Earth Avails, (Graywolf Press, 2014) which received the Rilke Prize and which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award.  His other volumes include Voluntary Servitude (Graywolf, 2004) and The Anchorage (Mass), which received the Lambda Literary Award.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Amy Lowell Trust, Fine Arts Work Center, and the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, among others.  His poems, reviews, essays, and translations have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Poetry, the New Republic, Paris Review, and have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.  His work is widely anthologized, and has been translated into Swedish, Italian, Bulgarian, and Turkish.  He teaches literature and writing at Bennington College in Vermont, and is also a member of the graduate faculties of the Bennington Writing Seminars and Columbia University School of the Arts.  He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.  

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