Featured Speakers

The Rutgers–New Brunswick Writers' Conference will feature more than 25 speakers, ranging from bestselling novelists to highly experienced field experts. For a full list of speakers and conference schedule, please visit our sessions page.

Keynote Presenters

Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman has been called “America’s literary heir to the Brothers Grimm,” and her luminous and remarkable “fables of the everyday” have enchanted readers since the publication of her first novel, Property Of, in 1977. More than 30 years later, with numerous acclaimed and bestselling novels including Practical Magic and The Dovekeepers, as well as two short story collections and many books for young adults, Hoffman continues to seduce readers into her vividly imagined world. Her books have been translated into more than 20 different languages, and her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, and many other magazines. 

Chris Bohjalian

Critically acclaimed novelist Chris Bohjalian’s works explore contemporary social issues and the ways in which they play themselves out in the lives of ordinary people. His writing covers such controversial topics as midwifery, gender reassignment surgery, animal rights, homelessness, domestic violence, human trafficking, and the personal, moral, and ethical dilemmas that arise from them. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls. His work has been translated into over 30 languages, and three of his books have become movies. 

Featured Speakers

Romance writer Sarah MacLean has written numerous bestselling novels including the series Scandal & Scoundrel. She is also a columnist for The Washington Post.

Award-winning poet Patricia Spears Jones is the author of three poetry collections including Painkiller, The Weather That Kills, and Femme du Monde.

David Bianculli, TV critic and professor, has authored four books about television including The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to the Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific.

Michael Swanwick is an award-winning writer of numerous novels and short fiction stories, including The Iron Dragon’s Daughter, Jack Faust, and Legions in Time.

Distinguished writer Pablo Medina is the Cuban-born author of eighteen books, including poetry collections and novels such as The Island Kingdom and The Cigar Roller.

...and many others! View the full list of speakers and conference schedule.