HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers

banner that says conference with hipopcamp 2015 crowd in background

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.

This three-day Pennsylvania writing conference has grown since its first annual event in 2015 and typically features 50+ notable speakers, engaging sessions in four tracks, interactive all-conference panels, author and attendee readings, social activities, networking opps, meals, and optional, intimate pre-conference workshops.

Past keynote and featured speakers at HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers have included 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.


  • HippoCamp 2022: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers – August 12-14, Lancaster, PA.
  • Call for session proposals open Nov. 1, 2021 and will close Jan. 15, 2022. — extended to Feb. 5, 2022! – The call for proposal is now closed.
  • Go to the HippoCamp 2022 website. Registration is open!


crowd of full conference room at Marriott for HippoCamp 2017

Our 2017 conference featured Tobias Wolff as the headlining keynote.

View our past conference websites for recaps and an idea of speakers and sessions: