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 Luc Sante, 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 our next conference, featuring the poet Rosa Alcalá, is set for Saturday, April 8th, 2017.

And we'll welcome a special guest as well: Wendy Oleson, the winner of the the 2017 Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Prize. All conference attendees will receive a copy of the chapbook, Our Daughter and Other Stories, free of charge.

Click here for our printable pdf brochure 

Click here to go to our Eventbrite online registration site

We convene in the Atrium building this year.

Maps & Directions

Questions? Contact John Parras at