Hopkins Conference on Craft

Hopkins Conference on Craft and Science Writing Residency

Announcing the 2019 Hopkins Conference on Craft

June 23 – 29

University of Montana

Registration will soon open for the 2019 Hopkins Conference on Craft, to take place at the University of Montana, in Missoula, Montana. We’ll be joining with alumni and students from the M.A. in Teaching Writing and Science Writing Programs. The conference will begin with a late afternoon reception on June 23 and end the following Sunday morning, June 30.

At the conference, Writing students will participate in a writing class, which will include reading and writing and discussions. There will also be guest writers and open mic readings, panel discussions, writing “excursions,” receptions, and even a field trip. Participants earn a full-course credit for attending and completing the seven-day Conference.

The course for this year’s Conference on Craft is:

AS.490.785 Our American West: The Evolution of a Counter Narrative

Using classic western films as a springboard for discussion, this class will explore the evolution of a counter-narrative from writers of both fiction and nonfiction. Readings will include novels, histories and literary nonfiction, all with an eye toward understanding our complicated western expansion, and how our shifting literary legacy corrects, amends, or counters prevailing narratives of the American West. This condensed, one-week course will take place at the University of Montana in Missoula, where Writing students will join with students in the Science Writing and Teaching Writing residencies. The course counts as an elective for students in any concentration.

Because the stories we tell ourselves about place shape our identity and sense of self, students will study the craft of scenes and settings in these works with an eye toward deepening our own observations and skills through writing exercises in the landscape of Montana.

The instructor for this course will be Writing associate director Karen Houppert. Writing Program director Mark Farrington will also participate in some activities. While most of the coursework will take place during the week of June 23 – 30, some preparation will be required of participants before and after the week of the residency. A full schedule, including a reading list, will be sent to registered students well in advance.

Cost for the course is the regular Writing Program tuition for one course ($3108 for Summer 2019), plus a $450 non-refundable fee. (Writing Program alumni may attend for one-half the tuition — $1554 — plus fees.)

In addition, we have reserved a limited number of rooms in a dorm on the University of Montana campus. Current students in the Writing Program have the option of staying in a dorm room for $200 for the week. All rooms are single bedrooms connected to a suite with three other people. (Note: the dorms do not have air conditioning.)


The Writing Program Summer Conference is open to any student currently enrolled in the Masters in Writing Program, as well as alumni. The Writing course is listed as AS.490.785 Our American West: The Evolution of a Counter Narrative

There are two options for registering:

If you wish to attend the residency and want to stay in the dorm, register for: AS.492.690, Section 91. 

If you wish to attend the residency but want to take care of your own lodging, register for: AS.492.690, Section 92. 

If you are an alumnus, register for: AS.492.690.Section 94. 

Please be sure to register for the correct section, as those registering for Section 91 will be charged $650 (fees + lodging), and those registering for Section 92 will be charged only the fees ($450). 

For questions, please email Mark Farrington at mfarrin1@jhu.edu.

Because registration for the Summer Conference will take place before registration for other summer semester courses, in order for you to make plans, below is a listing of the other Writing Program courses running during the summer semester.

  • 490.660.51 Fiction Workshop (DC) – Instructor: Rion Scott
  • 490.660.01 Fiction Workshop (Baltimore) – Instructor: Elly Williams
  • 490.67006/56 Nonfiction Workshop (Dual campus videoconference) – Instructor: Bret McCabe
  • 490.702.06/56 Readings in Global Fact and Fiction (Dual campus videoconference) — Heidi Vornbrock Roosa
  • 490.681.51 The Craft of Poetry: An Introduction for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers (DC; condensed six-week semester; meets twice a week May 29 to July 10) – Instructor: Ed Perlman

Click on the link here to get a view of the University of Montana campus.

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.