F285. Find Your Writers Community No Matter Where You Live: Writers Centers, Conferences, and Retreats 101

Room 5 & 6, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Writers Centers are not places to help undergrads edit papers; they are a thriving writers community with outposts across the nation. In addition to literary centers, writers retreats and conferences offer connection for writers while they hone their craft. Being a professional writer in today’s world is often a solitary practice, but by taking advantage of the resources, continuing education, and networking these organizations offer, writers find the support they had in an MFA program.


Michael Khandelwal writes and publishes fiction and poetry and teaches workshops for The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, Virginia, for which he is the Executive Director (and cofounder). He is a columnist for Coastal Virginia magazine and a former webmaster for The American Council on Education.

Gregg Wilhelm is founder and publisher of CityLit Project in Baltimore. He earned his MFA in fiction from the University of Tampa. He has received a Rubys Artist Project Grant and a Maryland State Arts Council Artist Award. In 2016, he joined Publishers Weekly’s first Publishers Delegation to Cuba.

Andrea Wilson is the founding director of the Iowa Writers' House based in Iowa City. IWH's mission is to extend the Iowa literary legacy, building community among writers, editors, readers, audiences, and all those who honor the power of words.

Melissa Wyse is a fiction writer and essayist. She has held residencies at MacDowell, VCCA, and Ragdale. Her work appears in publications including Shenandoah, the Rumpus, and Urbanite. She is the founder and director of Idlewild Arts, and she serves as the writer in residence at Pomfret School.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside