Conference Welcome: Orientation & Overview

General Session


Our Opening Session is divided into two parts: A welcome and conference orientation, followed by an opening reception. Here's a closer look:

Welcome & Orientation (Heritage C)

Get a preview of the sessions, panels and other nuts-and-bolts information to help you plot your schedule and, gosh darn it, get you excited for the evening and next two and a half days! You'll also hear from a few past HippoCamp attendees on how they made the most of the conference and some might even share some success stories that happened as a result of our creative nonfiction conference!

Opening Reception

Meet and mingle with old and new friends while enjoying a big spread of appetizers and snacks, including sliders and our famous mashed potato martinis.


  • Donna Talarico

    Donna Talarico is the founder of Hippocampus Magazine and Books and its annual conference, HippoCamp. By day she an independent content strategist in higher education. She has contributed to Guardian Higher Education Network, The Writer, mental_floss, Games World of Puzzles, and others. Her creative nonfiction appears in The Superstition Review,...

  • Lisa Cottrell

    Lisa Cottrell is a writer who has been teaching and coaching high school students for 30+ years, and is excited to reach the end of that chapter soon. Her dream in retirement is to own a bookstore, host author events, teach memoir writing, and write and publish her own stories.