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: 20152014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 

We are pleased to announce that Luc Sante will be the keynote at our next conference, set for Saturday, March 5th, 2016.

Luc Sante is the author of Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York (1991), Evidence (1992), The Factory of Facts (1998), Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces 1990-2005 (2007), and Folk Photography (2009). He has translated Félix Fénéon’s Novels in Three Lines and written the introduction to George Simenon’s The Man Who Watched Trains Go By.  Sante was born 1954 in Verviers, Belgium. His family immigrated to the United States in the early 1960s, settling first Summit and then New Providence, New Jersey.  He received his education in Catholic grade schools, Jesuit high school, and Columbia University.  After college, Sante clerked at the Strand Bookstore, assisted a photographer specializing in author portraits, and was employed by the New York Review of Books, first in the mailroom, then as assistant to the editor Barbara Epstein. Having previously taught in the Columbia MFA writing program, Sante currently lives in Ulster County, New York where he teaches writing and the history of photography at Bard College.  His newest book, The Other Paris: The People’s City, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, is forthcoming this fall from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.


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Please note our new location in the John Victor Machuga Student Center

(University Commons) Multipurpose Room

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