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UPDATE (12/4/15): Our call for proposals for HippoCamp 2016 is closed. We’re sorry you missed our window! We received almost triple the amount of proposals submitted for the 2015 event. We’re absolutely thrilled that so many writers and publishing professionals want to be involved.

We continue to get questions about how to speak at HippoCamp 2016, so we decided to update this page with some information about the programming process: If you’re interested in participating in future conferences (maybe you just heard about us for the first time?) be sure to sign up for our newsletter (bottom of site) and/or follow us on social media so that you don’t miss next year’s call. Like most professional development conferences, we plan the programming many months in advance. Typically, we open for break-out session submissions in late August and stay open through the fall, and then we announce the line-up when tickets go on sale in December.

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Submit Your Proposal

Share your stuff.

One of the best parts about attending industry conferences is networking and learning with and from peers. The majority of HippoCamp’s Saturday schedule will be filled with concurrent sessions in three tracks—which, by the way, align with our three-fold mission—presented by your fellow attendees.

We are accepting presentation proposals for 45-minute sessions in our three tracks:

  • CREATE: craft and technique in creative nonfiction
  • SHARE: querying, publishing and promoting your work
  • LIVE: work-life balance and living the writer’s life

New this year, we’re also having a Flash Round where eight to 10 speakers share a nugget of knowledge in five minutes. We’re looking for proposals for those as well!

Note: We are not looking for panel or workshop proposals; breakout session and lightning round only, please.

Submit a proposal by November 15, 2015. We’ll accept proposals on a rolling basis through late November.

Why present at a conference?

  • It’s fun
  • A speaking credential to list on your resume, or if you are in academia, your CV
  • Be part of the Hippocampus Magazine mission
  • Gain recognition from your peers
  • Earn visibility in your field; continue to build your platform
  • Welcome pre-conference lunch – attend a lunch with conference staff, volunteers, panelists and other special guests
  • Discount! Receive about 70% off registration.
  • Get other cool swag
  • It’s cool to have your name in the program!

Other notes and details:

  • Presenters must be registered attendees of the conference and must register before conference program goes to print.
  • Submitting a proposal does not mean you are committing to attend or to present at HippoCamp; if we accept your session idea, we’ll confirm that you are definitely able to attend, and you can make your final decision then. You have time to figure it all out!
  • Presenters must agree to have their session recorded for future use and for marketing and archival purposes.
  • Presenters must agree to share slides and/or presentation materials for use for post-conference promotion.
  • There is a maximum of two presenters for break-out sessions and one presenter for Flash Rounds.

Submit Your Proposal