Annual Spring Writer's Conference

The Department of English at the William Paterson University of New Jersey is proud to host an annual writer's conference each spring, which in the past has hosted such writers as Paul Muldoon, Andre Aciman, Francine Prose, David Means, Terese Svoboda, Anthony Swofford, Russell Banks, Alison Lurie, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Yusef Komunyakaa, Chang-Rae Lee, Kimiko Hahn, Joyce Carol Oates, Sindiwe Magona, and Susan Sontag.

Join us in April for a day of workshops and readings in creative writing, literature, and publishing. We welcome participation from scholars in all disciplines, creative writers of all stripes, professional editors, secondary-, middle-, and elementary-level educators, graduate and undergraduate students, and the general public--in short, anyone interested in reading, writing and literature. We also offer Professional Development Hours to New Jersey Educators.

Past Conference Programs: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 

We are pleased to announce that Porochista Khakpour --author of the recently released novel The Last Illusion --will be the keynote at our next conference, set for Saturday, April 18th, 2015.

Porochista Khakpour’s debut novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects, was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice, one of the Chicago Tribune’s Fall’s Best and the 2007 California Book Award winner in the First Fiction category. Her honours include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, Northwestern University, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Ucross, and Yaddo. Her non-fiction has appeared in or is forthcoming in Harper’s, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Spin, Slate and Salon, among many others. Khakpour currently teaches at Columbia University’s MFA programme, Ford University and Wesleyan University. She lives in New York City.

We are currently planning the remaining details of our April 2015 conference and welcome inquiries from published writers and experienced editors interesting in running innovative workshops. Please send your letter of interest to John Parras at



Registration & Light Breakfast, 9:15-10:00 am

Keynote Address, 10:00-11:15 am

Editors Roundtable Discussion, 11:30 am-12:45 pm

Buffet Lunch, 12:45-2:00 pm

Writing Workshops, 2:00-3:30 pm


Tickets: Regular $55. WPU Alumni $44. WPU Graduate Students $33. WPU Undergraduate Students $22.

Late registration (after April 1st) is $66, so please register early.


Questions? Contact John Parras at