The twentieth annual West Chester University Poetry Conference will be held June 4-7, 2014, under the direction of Dr. Kim Bridgford, who has been director of the conference since August 2010.
Registration for the Poetry Conference is divided into three different areas. Participants can register for a poetry workshop, scholarly conference, or as a conference panel attendee.
Poetry Workshop: The poetry workshop application includes all daily events, as well as a three-day workshop, which will emphasize the craft of poetry. Participants will select one workshop and attend this same class Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1:00-3:00 pm. In addition, participants will have a 15 minute individual consultation with their workshop teacher to discuss one poem of their choice. If you wish to discuss more than one poem, please consider making an appointment with a poetry consultant.
Scholarly conference: This application includes daily events without registration in the three-day craft workshop. However, it does include three days of participation in a critical seminar or prosody workshop.
Conference Panel Attendee: Registration includes access to all daily panels and nightly readings. This registration does not include a three-day craft workshop or critical seminar. If you would like to participate in either of these, please complete either a poetry workshop or scholarly conference application.
Scholarship: Scholarships are available for participants at all stages of their careers, and in all areas above.
To apply for a scholarship, please submit a writing sample of six-eight poems or a critical essay of no more than ten-fifteen pages. Also, arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent to the following: Kim Bridgford, Director, Poetry House, 823 S. High Street, West Chester, PA 19383.
Scholarship recipients will be required to pay $100 toward their registration at the conference. Deadline: March 15.
Poetry Workshop Registration: $650
Critical Seminar Registration: $650
Conference Panel Attendee Registration: $325 for the entire conference, or $85 per day.
Full Meal Plan: $300
Limited Meal Plan (all lunches, banquet on Wednesday and picnic on Saturday): $240
Lodging in University Hall Wednesday-Sunday: $300
Cancellations must be made at least ten days prior to the start of the conference for a full refund (minus $100). Cancellations within ten days of the conference will receive a 50% refund.
The conference will no longer accept deposits. Payment is due at the time of registration. Please note that a workshop seat cannot be guaranteed until payment is received in full.