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 is an in-the-flesh extension of that three-fold mission.
HippoCamp, produced by Hippocampus Magazine and Books, is a warm and welcoming conference geared toward creative nonfiction writers of all skill levels and backgrounds, and it offers plenty of opportunities for you to hone your craft, explore publishing options, and find ways to balance your writing and “real” life, as well as chances to meet, learn from, and share with writers like you.
This three-day creative writing conference in PA typically features 40+ notable speakers, engaging sessions in four tracks, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opps, and optional, intimate pre-conference workshops. All of this, plus meals and snacks, bundled into a great, comprehensive conference rate. Our host city is Lancaster, Pa., a bustling mid-size metropolis rich in history, arts and culture.
Past keynote and featured speakers at the HippoCamp conference have included Carmen Maria Machado, Nick Flynn, Jacki Lyden, Tobias Wolff, Mary Karr, Abigail Thomas, Beverly Donofrio, Lee Gutkind, Dinty W. Moore, Ashley C. Ford, Marion Winik, and Jane Friedman. We can’t wait to tell you more about our next conference — and perhaps welcome you to Lancaster, Pa., a city rich in history, arts and culture.
Our volunteer-run CNF conference is largely a for-attendee, by-attendee event, which means we’re on the open proposal system. Each year we open a call for session proposals from speakers of all skill-levels and backgrounds. Our programming committee reviews each submission to build out the conference schedule. (Learn more about speaking at HippoCamp – link coming soon.)
UPCOMING HIPPOCAMP CONFERENCE DETAILS
HippoCamp aims to return in 2025… [see announcement from Jan. 12, 2023].
In the meantime, we’ve launched a series of online events for writers, a trio of offerings that include How-To Tuesdays and Stories on Sunday.
PAST CNF CONFERENCES: RECAPS & MORE
View our past conference websites (each its own standalone site) to get an idea of speakers, sessions, and a typical weekend schedule:
- HippoCamp 2022
- HippoCamp 2021
- HippoCamp 2020 was canceled due the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re sad.
- HippoCamp 2019
- HippoCamp 2018
- HippoCamp 2017
- HippoCamp 2016 [note: this site is currently experiencing server issues]
- HippoCamp 2015
Additionally, our magazine website features a series of HippoCamp preview and recap posts from each year. You can scroll through them from the main Conference blog post category page. (They are listed in order by date.)
HippoCamp: Conference Questions
Each year’s conference has its own standalone website built on our event platform; we’ve used EqualMade since 2020. And, each year, our call for HippoCamp session proposals is open for a limited time through Submittable. To gather some of this disparate HippoCamp conference-related content into one easy place to find during “non-peak” season, we’ve assembled some evergreen HippoCamp information here that we hope you will find helpful.
As a reminder, this FAQ is meant to provide overarching details; please refer to the most recent call for submissions (during open periods) or to the current year’s conference website for the most up-to-date specifics.
We hope to see you at a future HippoCamp!