The full conference fee of $430 includes all sessions, Friday night banquet, one manuscript evaluation, and break refreshments. No rebate is given if you do not attend the banquet.
Since we have to submit the final banquet count before the conference begins, you may not get a ticket for the banquet meal if you don’t preregister by June 10.
The daily fee ($140 for Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday; $70 for Saturday) includes all sessions for that day, one manuscript evaluation, and break refreshments.
Early registration through April 15: Save $25/full conference or $5/day
Alumni: Save $25/full conference or $5/day
Walk-in Fee After June 10
Add $25 for full conference; $10/day for Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday; $5 for Saturday.
Second manuscript evaluation: $25
Full conference, per person: double or triple room with all meals, $250; single room with all meals, $325. Includes Tuesday through Friday nights and Tuesday dinner through Saturday lunch; Friday dinner is the banquet, included in the full conference fee.
Daily rate with no meals, per person (two nights minimum stay): double room, $60/night; single room, $80/night. Campus housing is not available Saturday night.
If you’re arriving on Tuesday, check-in is from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. only. The residence-hall desk will be manned until 10:00 p.m., so you may get into your room later.
You must preregister to reserve a campus room.
Lunches and Wednesday-Thursday dinners: $70
All meals Tuesday dinner through Saturday lunch (no Friday dinner): $110
Individual meal tickets: breakfast, $8; lunch, $12; dinner, $13
Banquet for daily conferee/spouse/friend: $35 each (if available at the conference)
Cancellations before June 1 will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. Emergency cancellations after that date will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Cecil Murphey Scholarship Fund
Ten scholarships for the conference fee and double campus room/meals or meal card are available through the Cecil Murphey Scholarship Fund for writers who have never attended Write-to-Publish or received a Cecil Murphey scholarship. Transportation is not included.
To be considered for a scholarship, submit an essay to describe your current writing projects and goals, tell why you want to attend this conference, and tell why you need a scholarship.
Follow these guidelines:
- Maximum of 800 words.
- Include your name, address, and email address at the top.
- State if you need funds for a campus room/meals package or a meal card, along with the conference fee.
- Copy your essay into the body of an email message. Do not send it as an attachment.
- Email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org between February 20 and April 15; put “WTP Cec Murphey Scholarship” in the subject line.
Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.
You will be notified by April 20 if you receive a scholarship or not. If you don’t receive an email, contact Lin Johnson at email@example.com.
If conferees donate to the scholarship fund, a limited amount of money will be available for conference fees but not room and meals. These partial scholarships are open to alumni, as well as writers who have never attended the conference. To be considered for a partial scholarship, submit an essay according to the guidelines for a Cecil Murphey scholarship. Email between February 20 and May 15, and put “WTP Partial Scholarship” in the email subject line.
You will be notified only if you receive a scholarship, as funds are available.
Arts Councils Grants
State and regional arts organizations often offer grants that may be used to attend writers conferences. Find your state’s art commission at arts.gov/partners/state-regional.
Your local church may provide some help for you to attend the conference.
Work scholarships are available for people who are familiar with the locations of the Chicago airports and can provide transportation for faculty and staff members. Check the registration page for more information.