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77th Writers Conference at Ocean Park

The Writers Conference was founded by Adelbert M. Jakeman, Sr. of Westfield, Massachusetts and Loring Eugene Williams of Cleveland, Ohio. Jakeman was at one time head of the English department at Westfield High School and was Assembly Superintendent at Ocean Park for 31 years. Read more of Dr. Jim Brosnan's history of the Writers Conference here.

The Conference began in 1941 to provide, "an informal meeting place of inspiration and instruction for all persons interested in the writing arts, whether prose or poetry, whether or not they themselves are writers." This statement, written by The Conference's co-founder, Del Jakeman, Sr., continues to set the tone of The Conference today. Come to the Writers' Conference and find recognition, enthusiastic response, and kind encouragement to be the very best writer you can be.

The 2017 conference is August 7-11 and will take place in Porter Hall. Conference details, including presenters and registration materials are available by clicking here .

August 7: 4:00pm Opening Session
August 8: 8:00am – 8:00pm
August 9: 8:30am – 8:00pm
August 10: 8:30am – 8:00pm
August 11: 8:00am – 1:00pm Conclusion

Workshops begin on Tuesday morning and continue through Friday morning. Workshops in different genres are held in the morning and afternoon by established writers. This intimate conference creates a community of writers who encourage and nurture one another. Participants who come from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and geographic locations attend all of the sessions as part of a week-long commitment to the craft of writing.

On Thursday conference participants engage in a Beach Inspirational Poetry session at 7:30 am at the beach followed by coffee and refreshments at the Ocean Park Library. There are also open-mic opportunities for conference participants. Material must be connected to newsletter prompts or workshop assignments.

2017 Summer Season