F166. Developing and Funding Your Creative Writing Conference at the Two-Year College

Room 216A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, March 6, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


How do you design and maintain a creative writing conference on a seemingly impossible budget? How can you establish a sense of community at the two-year college? With over 40 years of combined organizational expertise between them, panelists (who represent three different writing conferences in Northern California) will discuss conference development, advertising/publicity strategies, and funding opportunities—from donations, volunteer work, and grants, to nonprofit status and institutional support.



John LaPine is an instructor at Butte College, where he teaches journalism, creative writing, and literature. Last year was his first on the committee for WordSpring, the creative writing conference at Butte. He is also a writer and poet.

Ken Letko is a professor at College of the Redwoods, where he edits the KERF and works to host the North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference. His most recent publication is Bright Darkness, a book of poems.

Molly Emmons is the founder of the creative writing conference WordSpring, now in its ninth year, at Butte College. A novelist, she leads a professional writing group, Northern California Novelists, and advises a student novel writing club. She is also a Shakespeare aficionado.

Elizabeth Armstrong is a part-time professor at both Butte and Yuba community colleges. She has also helped fund and put on the WordSpring Creative Writing Conference since 2014. This upcoming year will be her 7th year on the WordSpring Committee.

Heather L. Hutcheson is the founding editor of the Cosumnes River Journal. During the semester, she promotes a language exchange between day laborers and community college students in a parking lot, and she spends summers teaching English in Oaxaca. Find more about her at HeatherHutcheson.com.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center