Ashland University to Hold River Teeth Nonfiction Writing Conference

3/9/12 ASHLAND, OH -- Well-known writers Robert Atwan and Hope Edelman will be guest speakers at the River Teeth Nonfiction Writing conference that will be held on the Ashland University campus May 18 to 20. 


The conference will consist of two full days of manuscript consultations, seminars, readings and community, all focused on the craft of nonfiction. The conference will focus on literary journalism, essay and memoir.


The conference registration fee of $400 includes a one-hour individual manuscript consultation; admission into all panels, seminars, social events, book signings, and open-mics; breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings; and a complimentary one-year subscription to River Teeth journal.


Atwan is the series editor of The Best American Essays, which he founded in 1985. His essays, criticism, humor, reviews, and poetry have appeared in many professional and literary periodicals, including The Atlantic Monthly, The Denver Quarterly, Image, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, River Teeth, Creative Nonfiction, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. The editor of many college and literary anthologies, he has written on a wide variety of subjects, which include the interpretation of dreams in ancient literature, Shakespearean tragedy, and the cultural origins of American advertising. He is currently a visiting professor at Emerson College in its Writing, Literature, and Publishing department.


Edelman is the author of five nonfiction books, including the bestsellers Motherless Daughters and The Possibility of Everything, which was recently optioned for film. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Glamour, Child, Real Simple, Writer’s Digest, The Crab Orchard Review, and The Iowa Review. Original work has appeared in several anthologies, including The Bitch in the House, Toddler, Blindsided by a Diaper, and Behind the Bedroom Door. Her work has received a New York Times notable book of the year designation and a Pushcart Prize for creative nonfiction. She teaches in the MFA program at Antioch University-LA.


Other presenters for the conference will include Jill Christman, associate professor of English at Ball State University; Bob Cowser Jr., professor of English at St. Lawrence University; freelance writer Valerie Due; Walt Harrington, journalism professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; author Michelle Herman; author Kate Hopper; author and Fairfield University faculty member Sonya Huber; Dinty W. Moore, professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University; and author Ana Maria Spagna as well as Ashland University faculty and staff members Dr. Dan Lehman, trustees’ distinguished professor of English; Dr. Joe Mackall, director of the Creative Writing Program and professor of English; and Sarah Wells, managing editor for River Teeth.


A $100 deposit is due along with registration materials by May 4, 2012. Applications submitted before April 1 will receive a $50 discount on registration. Students currently enrolled in creative writing programs are eligible for an additional $50 discount.


Admission to the conference is based on the date of the application and on the application materials submitted. To register, applicants need to submit a 10-page double-spaced writing sample and a statement of interest (500 words or less) describing why they are interested in attending this conference. Any questions should be directed to


Conference attendees are encouraged to stay on campus and to dine with other conference attendees, and the meal plan, which includes dinner Friday evening and lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, is $85. Those conference participants who opt-out of meals will find several dining options within walking distance of the University.


On-campus housing also is available for conference attendees at a rate of $115 for three nights, Friday through Monday. Sheets and towels will be provided, but guests should bring their own pillows and blankets. Each apartment is an air-conditioned, fully-furnished suite of two bedrooms (four people in each suite) with a full kitchen. Attendees may choose to buy-out a room in an apartment if space is available.


Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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