If you’re already registered or planning to register for HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers, here is some information for you:

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How to Get Conference Updates

You can receive updates about HippoCamp through several mediums:

  • Social Media – follow @hippocampusmag and use/follow the hashtag #hippocamp15 for quick updates, links to new blog posts and other news
  • Email – all attendees and those who signed up for email updates will receive periodic emails about bigger conference developments, any changes or upcoming deadlines.
  • Blog/website – the conference website will feature various updates as we get closer to the conference. These will include things to do in Lancaster, previews of sessions, Q&A with speakers and more.
  • The HippoCamp Facebook group offers a place for attendees or those interested in attending a change to communication with one another.

Spouse/Guest Meal Plans - NEW

We’re thrilled that some of you are bringing along your partner in crime! We’d like to offer you the option to invite your spouse or other guest to the reception and/or meals. Below, you have the option to purchase a ticket for the opening reception, the opening reception AND all meals, or just meals. Choose your option from the list below. We’ll include his or her meal tickets in your registration packet.

Choose Your Meal Ticket Options
Name of Spouse/Guest
Name of Registered Attendee

Participate in Social Media & Backchannel

During the conference, we encourage attendees to tweet along with speakers and sessions.

  • The Twitter backchannel is an important part of any conference. Not only can you share live updates with other attendees and those following along at home, you also are creating a bit of a personal archive of what you’ve learned. So don’t be afraid to tweet some golden nuggets during the conference!
  • The official conference hashtag is #hippocamp15. Specific session tags and speaker usernames will be announced closer to the event.
  • Hippocampus is also on Instagram at @hippocampusmag; we’d love to see your photos from the conference! Tag them #hippocamp15.

We’ll compile some a Storify archive after the conference of some of the best tweets and Instagrams!


Get in Touch With Fellow Attendees - Preconference (carpool, room-sharing, etc.)

In addition to talking on social media, HippoCamp will post some documents to the HippoCamp Facebook group so that registered attendees or still-on-the-fence attendees can meet and mingle, and possibly arrange carpooling or room-sharing plans. Follow the link above to join the group.

Promoting HippoCamp: Badges & Resources

Promote HippoCamp in Person

We originally made this flier for inclusion in NewPages’ awesome LitPak. We’ve tweaked it slightly. Feel free to download and print this to share in your classroom, local bookstore or coffee shop, or give to friends or students. Or, download, save and email to your writer friends.

View and Download {PDF}

Share Your Attendance/Involvement

Add this 200×200 “Join me at HippCamp” badges to your blog or website; just copy and paste the code, below:

Hippocampus Magazine


Get involved with these promotional opps (Booksale, LitShare & Program)

Attendees have a few opportunities to have their work showcased at the conference:

  • Book Sale – for a small fee, you can place copies of your book(s) for sale at our Book Sale table, which will be staffed daily.
  • Lit Share – we’ll have a table set up for freebie hand-outs for attendees, by attendees. This is an easy, passive way to share.
  • Program classified ad – if you offer a service that you think will be of interest to other attendees, you can place a 30-word classified ad in the HippoCamp program for $15. (Deadline: July 20.)
  • Open mic nights – sign up to be part of our open mic night to share your creative nonfiction with other attendees.

In addition to networking and socializing, we hope these options will allow you additional ways to interact and share.

Code of Conduct

As most conferences do, we’ve established a code of conduct for HippoCamp; view it here.