HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers is pleased to announce our 2018 headlining keynote. This year’s speaker came up as a suggestion many times on our post-conference survey question, “Who would you like to see at future HippoCamps?” And this person’s work comes up often when writers ask others for suggestions of “best of” books in the genre — an example often given when writers are looking for brilliant examples of playing with form.

We’re happy to welcome award-winning memoirist Abigail Thomas to HippoCamp 2018!

Here’s her official bio.


Abigail Thomas, “the Emily Dickinson of memoirists” —Stephen King

abigail thomas with two dogs on couch

Abigail Thomas, the daughter of renowned science writer Lewis Thomas (The Lives of a Cell), is the mother of four children and the grandmother of 12. Her academic education stopped when, pregnant with her oldest daughter, she was asked to leave Bryn Mawr during her first year. She’s lived most of her life on Manhattan’s Upper West side, and was for a time a book editor and for another time a book agent. Then she stared writing for publication. Her first three books, Getting Over Tom, An Actual Life, and Herb’s Pajamas were works of fiction. Her memoir, A Three Dog Life was named one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post. It won the 2006 Inspirational Memoir Award given by Books for A Better Life She is also author of the New York Times bestselling What Comes Next and How to Like It, Safekeeping, a memoir, and Thinking About Memoir.

She lives in Woodstock, New York with her dogs.

cover of safekeeping - paper in a jar


We are so delighted and excited to welcome Abigail Thomas to Lancaster, Pa! Her appearance at HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers will be Saturday, Aug. 25. A book-signing will follow her talk.

More details to come on this year’s annual conference for creative nonfiction writers when the full HippoCamp 2018 website goes live the first week of February. At that time, we’ll also share an early version of the conference schedule! Sign up for updates here.


Abigail Thomas’ appearance at HippoCamp was arranged through RedBrick Agency, New York, NY.


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