HippoCamp: Entertaining, Educating and Engaging Creative Nonfiction Writers August 5, 2015August 5, 2015 By Amber Strazzo Lancaster City is home to an abundance of artists; painters, sculptors, singers, dancers, and writers. One of those writers is transplant Donna Talarico. You may be familiar with Donna if you’ve ever gone to a Story Slam at Tellus360. She is a talented storyteller, which translates nicely into creative nonfiction – the topic of her magazine, Hippocampus. The literary magazine does more than provide writers with a platform for essays and memoir excerpts. It also serves as an educational piece for creative nonfiction writers. Hippocampus‘s mission is to, “entertain, educate and engage writers and readers of creative nonfiction,” and Donna is now offering an “in-the-flesh” version of Hippocampus in the form of a three-day conference, HippoCamp. Taking place at the Lancaster County Convention Center on Friday, August 7 through Sunday, August 9, HippoCamp will offer keynote speakers, engaging sessions, interactive panels, readings, social activities, networking opportunities, readings, and optional pre- and post-conference workshops. Lee Gutkind, who is known as the Godfather behind creative nonfiction, will present the keynote on Saturday. Gutkind is the author and editor of over 25 books, and the founder of Creative Nonfiction magazine, the first magazine to publish creative nonfiction exclusively. His talk, titled, “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up,” will cover the genre, it’s past and present in the literary world. He will also read from his book of the same title as his talk. HippoCamp has now opened this talk up to the public. Non-conference attendees can purchase tickets for $40. They are available here. It’s not too late to sign up for the conference! Registration is $349 and includes access to all sessions, panels and social events, and it also includes a reception, some meals and snacks. Click here for more information.