Hopkins Conference on Craft

Hopkins Conference on Craft and Science Writing Residency

Announcing the 2020 MA in Writing Program Residency

AS.490.784 Reading and Writing New England
July 11–18, 2020

College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor, Maine

This cross-concentration reading and craft course for the Hopkins Conference on Craft in Bar Harbor, Maine, focuses on the flaneur tradition and the curious link between the mind and feet. From Virginia Woolf to Elizabeth Strout, from Max Beerbohm to E.B. White, writers who walk –and write about their walks or their characters’ walks—have proliferated in the last two centuries. We will analyze this literature and make forays of our own into Acadia National Park to experiment with the form. Drawing on the outward-facing gaze of New Englanders like Strout and White, we’ll cast a particular eye toward a sense of place. This condensed course counts as an elective for students in any concentration.

Residencies are a vital part of our program and provide an opportunity to spend a full week deeply immersed in the life of letters and to develop the literary community that will sustain you long after you’ve left the program. Typically, you’ll spend part of the day in the classroom, part of the day doing in-the-field writing assignments, and evenings listening to visiting authors read and talk about their work. Ideally, you return home energized, enthused, and re-invigorated with a fresh body of drafted work to dive into next semester. Below we’ve got a little video from Bar Harbor in 2017, if you’re curious to see what it’s like.

This year’s residency will join with students in the MA in Teaching Writing and MA in Science Writing Programs for shared outings, readings, receptions and other activities. At least one face-to-face course is required for all MA in Writing students, and the residency meets that requirement. Students who have attended one residency may take another as an elective, and alumni may attend the residency at a special tuition discount.

Mount Desert Island, Maine, home to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, is a place of exquisite natural beauty. The residency will be based at the College of the Atlantic, a small liberal arts school at water’s edge in Bar Harbor.

This year’s residency covers seven days, beginning in the evening on Saturday, July 11, and ending the morning of Saturday, July 18. While most of the coursework for the residency will take place while we are in Maine, some online coursework will be required before and after the residency week.
Students attending the residency receive full graduate credit and pay the regular 2020/2021 tuition for the course, plus an academic fee. Dorm lodging is available for an additional fee. Information on lodging, fees, registration, and other details can be found below.

Lodging & Meals

Students attending the residency from out of town are welcome to make their own lodging arrangements or to stay in a College of the Atlantic dorm for an additional fee. Most dorm rooms are double occupancy. The lodging fee includes lunches on M-F and four dinners.


Residency Fees
Tuition $3,108 (Rate as of 1/7/20. A small tuition increase is possible for the coming academic year.)
Academic Fee $450
Lodging Fee
$375 (includes lunches M-F and four dinners)
Total tuition
and fees
$3,933 (including lodging fee)
$3,558 (no lodging)

Please note that the $450 academic fee and $375 lodging fee are non-refundable after February 24. If you register for this course and then drop it after February 24, you will be reimbursed for tuition in accordance with the standard tuition refund policy, but you will not be refunded for the fees.


Registration will open on February 1, 2020. The preferred registration deadline is February 24; students may register after that date only if space is available.

There are two options for registering:

  • If you wish to attend the residency and want to stay in the dorm, register for AS.490.784, Section 91.
  • If you wish to attend the residency but want to take care of your own lodging, register for AS.490.784, Section 92.

Please be sure to register for the correct section. The fees you will be charged are different depending on which section you register for.

Special Considerations

  • The MA in Writing Program Residency is open to any student currently enrolled in the MA in Writing Program, as well as other students from other Hopkins graduate programs who qualify.
  • Alumni may attend the residency on a non-credit basis for a discounted tuition fee. The alumni tuition is still being determined but will not be greater than one-half the cost of regular tuition, and maybe less than that. Alumni who are interested in attending the residency will not be able to register right away but should contact Karen Houppert (khouppe1@jhu.edu) to announce their interest.
  • Students in the M.A. program are required to take at least one face-to-face course in addition to online courses they may take. The residency allows online students to fulfill that requirement in a seven-day period. The residency is optional for MA students who have taken at least one other course face-to-face. Students who have attended one residency may take another as an elective.
  • The Writing Program will offer its regular selection of onsite and online courses this summer, in addition to the residency. Students may take an additional course along with the residency. Instructors teaching Writing courses will allow makeup work for any absences caused by the one-week residency. The regular summer schedule will be available in March.
  • Most of the course work for the Writing residency will take place during the residency week. Students will also be expected to complete some readings prior to the residency and to submit a writing assignment after the residency week.
  • The residency portion of the course will begin on Saturday, July 11 at around 5 pm, and conclude on Saturday, July 18, in the morning. Students staying in the dorm may move in on the 11th and stay through the 18th.
  • Nearly all dorm rooms at the College of the Atlantic are double occupancy. You have the option of choosing who you room with or allowing us to determine room assignments.

Registration (for the Residency only) opens on February 1. After February 24, students may register on a space-available basis only.

Register for Section 91 if you wish to also stay in a dorm at the College of the Atlantic.

Register for Section 92 if you wish to take care of your own lodging.

2017 Bar Harbor Summer Residency

The residency took place July 2 – 9 at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. We were also visited by a videographer, who interviewed Program Director Mark Farrington and many of the Writing students.