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Founded in 2010, Hippocampus Magazine is an online publication set out to entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction. HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers, now in its second year, is an in-the-flesh extension of that three-fold mission.

This three-day Pennsylvania writing conference will feature notable speakers, engaging sessions in three tracks, interactive panels, author and attendee readings, social activities, networking opps, and optional, intimate pre-conference workshops and post-conference pitch session.

We can’t wait to tell you more about this year’s programming — and welcome you to Lancaster, Pa., a city rich in history, arts and culture.

Format & Details

hippo sunday final-15HippoCamp is formatted in the style of a professional, industry conference more so than that of a typical writing conference. Expect to learn a lot and return home with a notebook and brain full of ideas!

To give you a sense of what this conference is all about, a sneak preview, if you will:

— Conference center and hotel in heart of historic Lancaster
— Welcome program – orientation and inspiring opening speaker
— 18 attendee-led break-out sessions
— Lightning-round talks featuring 8-10 speakers
— 4 all-conference panel sessions
— 2 keynote presentations
— 35+ speakers
— Scores of your peers and publishing professionals
— Author readings
— Multiple pre-conference craft workshops (an optional add-on)
–Post-conference agent/editor pitch session (an optional add-on)
–Social events including a welcome reception and open-mic night
— Meals and snacks and coffee galore

The official conference website will be updated continuously with new details.

Conference Committee & Staff

Conference Committee Members

Conference planning made possible by a dedicated committee of on- and off-site volunteers, most of whom are also on the Hippocampus Magazine staff.

Conference Chair: Donna Talarico

Assistant Conference Chair: Kevin Beerman

Programming Committee

  • Kevin Beerman
  • Cathy A. E. Bell
  • Erin Dorney
  • Anthony J. Mohr
  • Eli Tomaszewski
  • Denise Weaver

Operations/Hospitality Committee

  • Kevin Beerman – A Little Bit of Everything
  • Cathy Bell – – Registration/Session Room Host/Book Sale
  • Jules Barreuco – Session Room Host
  • Viannah E. Duncan – Registration
  • Angela L. Eckhart – Registration/Session Room Host
  • Shannon Fandler – Book Sale
  • Vicki Gabow – Registration/ Session Room Host
  • Kathleen King – Registration/Book Sale
  • Carol Lavelle – Registration/Session Room Host
  • Steven Musser – Book Sale Manager
  • Eli Tomaszewski – Registration/Session Room Host
  • Dan Waber – Registration/Session Room Host
  • Denise Weaver – Session Room Host

Marketing Committee

  • Erin Dorney
  • Shannon Fandler
  • Vicki Gabow
  • Ragina Lashley (Intern)
  • Angelica Receirdo

2015 Conference Recap

If you weren’t at HippoCamp 2015, or you just want to relive it, you can get a great a idea of how our first creative nonfiction conference went by visiting last summer’s writing conference recap page. Here, you’ll find a social media recap, blog posts, links to our photo albums and more.

View 2015 Recap

These details will give you a glimpse of what is in store for 2015.

Finally! A writers' conference that gave its attendees their money's worth and then some! Those of us fortunate enough to participate in the inaugural Hippocamp gained meaningful, useful knowledge of the craft of creative writing; terrific networking opportunities; interactions with the incredible Lee Gutkind, Jane Friedman and Donna Talarico-Beerman; friends for life; and so much fun that HippoCamp 2016 can't get here soon enough!
Elane Johnson