Binghamton University's graduate-student-run creative writing conference,is now in its sixth year. Once an on-campus event of mainly local colleges and universities, WBD has expanded in recent years to an off-campus venue (the fabulously restored Decker Arts and Cultural Center near downtown Binghamton) and hosts panels with writers from all over the globe.
Panels include creative writing pedagogy, identity and writing, the prose poem, problems of translation, the avant-garde, as well as exceptional panels of graduate fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Well-known keynote poets and fiction writers come to give readings each conference and to sit on panels of our choosing. Past and present readers include Bruce Bond, B.H. Fairchild, Lydia Davis, Jonis Agee, Neil Shepard, M. Evelina Galang and John DuFresne.
The conference is open to the public, with the participants paying a small submission fee to help cover costs.
Any interested Binghamton graduate student is invited to participate in all facets of conference organization and presentation. Binghamton students do everything from sending out the Call for Papers, to renting the venue, to securing submissions, to judging submissions, to making the schedule and maintaining the website, to constructing panels and moderating those panels. It's a fabulous way to get to know both other graduate writers as well as well-known keynote authors.
Interested students should contact:
Dept. of English
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Last Updated: 12/17/08