Duck River Writers' Conference

Duck River Writers' Conference will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017, in the Hickman Building on the Columbia  Campus.

The Duck River Writers' Conference is a day devoted to your love of the written word and will include craft lectures, workshops and a feature reading by a guest author.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conference events will continue through the afternoon followed by a feature reading with book signing and reception at 5 p.m.


The registration fee for the conference is $15 in advance. Columbia State students are free but must show Columbia State ID. An additional, non-refundable readers’ fee of $15 is required from those submitting personal manuscripts for the workshop sessions. Payment can be made by check or money order to Columbia State – Duck River Writers’ Conference.

Craft Talks

The Duck River Writers’ Conference includes three craft talks for poets, fiction writers, and teen writers; specific topics will be chosen by the lecturers. Craft talks are open to all registrants.


Workshops are offered for poetry, fiction, and creative works written by teens. Workshop participants must submit manuscripts by March 20 to be considered. 

Submit Manuscript

  • Writers can submit their work for a juried reading prior to the conference.
  • Manuscripts must be received by March 20, 2017.
  • Please submit three to five poems for poetry; ten pages of fiction for fiction; teen writers may submit a manuscript in either category, or both.
  • DRWC committee members will screen submitted manuscripts and make selections by March 25, 2017.
  • Attendees will receive email confirmations if their manuscripts have been chosen for the workshops.
  • Submit your manuscript through 

Book Signing

At 5 p.m. all panelists and participants will convene in the Hickman lobby for refreshments and a book signing. Selections by our published panelists, as well as our panelists’ essential books on craft will be available. Books by guest authors will be available for purchase, but must be paid for with cash only.

Special Evening Reading

The conference will conclude with a reading and book signing. This reading is free and open to the public.

Guest Panelists

Write Generation
Write Generation is a free event of creative writing workshops for students sponsored by Columbia State's Lyceum Committee.
Learn more about this free workshop