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Due to safety concerns, we have had to cancel the CSU Creative Writers Conference for Oct. 24, 2020.

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The Columbus State University Creative Writers Conference

Founded by Donald L. Jordan

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About the Conference

The CSU writers conference is about community. All conference presentations, Saturday night’s reading, and the bookfair are free and open to the public. Come join us Oct. 24th 2020. We’ll be accepting panel proposals until the conference is filled. Accepted panelists have to pay a registration fee upon notification of acceptance. Our community workshop proposals have been filled.

Accepted panelists and workshop instructors will be asked to upload book information, and their books will be ordered for those whose presses don’t have tables at the book fair. To see the guidelines for panel and workshop proposals, select the "Panel/Workshop Proposal" tab below.


Conference Registration

Conference registration is not currently available.

Donald L. Jordan

The CSU writers conference was founded by Donald L. Jordan, a successful Columbus writer and businessman. Mr. Jordan has always wanted to bring writers from Columbus and the rest of the country together. He is the author of the recently published novels, Negative Space, and Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.

Dr. Allen Gee

The CSU writers conference director is Dr. Allen Gee. Gee is the DL Jordan Endowed Professor of Creative Writing at Columbus State University. He previously taught and directed the MFA program at Georgia College. He is the Editor of 2040 Books, DLJ Books, and is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, the Iowa Writers Workshop, and the University of Houston. He is the author of the essay collection, My Chinese-America, a new novel, The Laborers, and is at work on At Little Monticello, a biography about James Alan McPherson.

About Columbus, Georgia

Columbus is Georgia's second largest metropolis with a population of over 400,000. Revitalization over the past decade has led to the city being praised by longtime residents and visitors alike; Forbes recently called Columbus a "cool cat city": (Surfing Without An Ocean #2508769). Columbus is only an hour and fifteen minutes southwest of Atlanta. We do have an airport terminal (code CSG), and the carrier that services Columbus is Delta. Groome shuttle service also departs regularly from ATL to Columbus for those arriving during late hours. Our UPtown area on the Chattahoochee River offers many fine restaurants, and there are some very good pubs for winding down in the evening. Conference registrants will be provided with "Show Us Your Badge" merchant discounts. Learn more about visiting Columbus, Georgia.

a view of downtown Columbus from across the river